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August 29, 2014
MOUNT IDA, Ark. – 4-H may be known for its green, but on Saturday, Sept. 6, it’s going
multi-color to raise money for its rapidly growing through its Rainbow Run 5K and
The 5K run starts at 9 a.m. on at Courthouse Square in Mount Ida and winds through
the town. Runners will be showered with a different colored powder at stations spaced
at each kilometer along the run, said Amy Monk, Montgomery County extension agent
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Besides the Rainbow Run, there is a Kids Dash, which is open for youth up to age 10.
In this event, the participants will run around one city block, a shorter version
of the Rainbow Run. The Kids Dash starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration for Rainbow Run
is $25 through Aug. 14, $30 from Aug.15 through Sept. 5, and $35 on race day. Kids
Dash costs $10 per kid. T-shirts are included in the fee.
Registration for both races is at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.racesonline.com or contact the Montgomery County extension office at (870) 867-2311.
The runs will help raise money for the county’s fast-growing program.
“We have experienced 50 percent growth,” and the larger program needs funding for
materials and activities, Monk said.
The county’s 4-H program engages in local service projects such as planting gardens
for low-income families and putting up holiday decorations at the senior center. The
program also conducts workshops and camps for kids ages 5 through 19 and for six Fridays
in the summer, the county’s 4-H teach young people life skills such as cooking and
inspires science, engineering and technology skills through robotics and other projects.
“This summer’s program has included salsa making, robotics, and water safety, just
to name a few,” she said.
4-H is a youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. The 4-H mission is to provide
opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes,
and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive,
and contributing members of society.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status and is
an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For the Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com