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July 25, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ark. –The first ever Rainbow Run will splash colors on runners and help
fund the rapidly growing Montgomery County 4-H program. This youth development program
has seen a huge increase in the number of kids in the past four years.
“We have experienced over 50 percent growth,” which in turn requires the program to
raise money to cover the added expenses of programs and activities,” said Amy Monk,
Montgomery County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of
The 5K run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Courthouse Square and goes
through the beautiful scenery of Mount Ida. Runners will be showered with colored
powder at each kilometer along the run.
Besides the Rainbow Run, there is a Kids Dash, which is open to kids 10 years old
and younger. The dash will be a shorter version of the Rainbow Run. Kids Dash starts
at 8:30 a.m.
Registration for both races is at 8 a.m.
“This 5K run promotes health and fitness, which are part of the 4-H mission, and is
a chance to raise money for the youth programs,” said Monk, who is also a coordinator
for the run. The county’s 4-H program engages in service projects such as planting
gardens for low-income families and putting up holiday decorations at the Senior Center.
4-H also conducts workshops and various camps for youth ages 5 through 19. In addition
to that, for six Fridays in the summer, the county’s 4-H program teaches life skills
in a fun way. “This summer’s program has included salsa making, robotics, and water
safety, just to name a few,” she said.
Registration for Rainbow Run is $25 through August 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
To register, visit www.racesonline.com or contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at (870) 867-2311.
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.
All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print,
audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior
to the activity.
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.
By Kezia NandaFor 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