There is a reason why, within the past few years, thousands of people have begun to gather to participate in color runs all over the country. Maybe it’s the vivacity of color, the exotic neon outfits, or just the feeling of being doused in red and purple and green that make a color run so enticing. Running alongside your friends--dressed in hot-pink tutus or turquoise fish-net stockings--you can’t help but feel like a kid again as you are engulfed by clouds of bright colors. There is something uniting and powerful about this group dynamic that explains why so many color runs are used to promote awareness and action towards communal issues.
The Undergraduate Leadership Academy (ULA) will host its first Rainbow Run to be held for Boston College students on Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. Students interested in participating can register for $5 on OrgSync and all funds collected will be donated to promote the Spectrum Retreat.
“The Spectrum Retreat is an opportunity for GLBTQ+ students to get away from campus for a weekend in order to take time to reflect and grow in community with others,” said Communications Coordinator Katie Lamirato, A&S ’18. “This retreat provides a safe environment for introspection, conversation and transformation. ULA strives to promote an inclusive campus and we believe the Spectrum Retreat works towards this goal.”
The Rainbow Run, unlike some 5Ks, does not require any experience or running expertise. Students can walk, run, socialize or set personal timed goals as they circle the Reservoir. The run’s main focus is to establish a more aware and inclusive student body, so all students are welcome and encouraged to participate.
“Students should get involved in this run to get outside, enjoy the spring air, get some exercise and most importantly exercise support for a great cause,” Lamirato said. “Students will be given a white Support Love T-shirt and they will be able to get as much (or as little) colored paint on their clothes or body as they wish.”
Within a campus that is often criticized for its homogeneity, the Rainbow Run will be a great opportunity for students to welcome and celebrate the diversity and individuality of all students. Issues within the GLBTQ+ community affect everyone and the way they are dealt with reflects upon the entire student body.
“The run will raise awareness and raise funds to help combat exclusivity and discrimination on this campus,” Lamirato says. “Participation in this event shows that BC students care about one another.”
UPDATE, April 16: The Spectrum Retreat would no longer like to be the benefactor of this event. The funding will still be going to the GLBTQ+ community, but not the retreat specifically. Additionally there will be pizza and prizes at the event.