We are so excited to be back in person for this year’s Color 5K, and we want to make sure that every person that joins us at the start-line can be confident that COVID-19 precautions are in place.
Just as many other in-person race events are requesting that all runners and walkers be masked as everyone gathers close together for the start of the race, we are also asking that face coverings be worn at that time. Once you have cleared the start line, and the crowd has spread out, your face covering can be optional.
We are not requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to take part in the Color 5K, but we do strongly encourage anyone eligible who has not yet received the vaccine, to do so.
We also have a virtual option for those who want to help fight the opioid and heroin epidemic in Chester County, but are not comfortable with running in-person. Registration remains the same, with an option to note virtual participation. You can still collect your Color 5K bag of goodies – long-sleeve t-shirt, sunglasses and colorful bandana – and then run at your own pace, and in your place of choosing.
The Chester County Color 5K is back!
The Chester County Color 5k is a family-friendly, timed 5K run/walk. Runners, walkers and children of all ages are welcome!
Since our first Chester County Color 5K in 2016, the annual race has raised $160,000. Each year, over a thousand people have either participated or cheered-on participants along the race course in West Chester. Many of them have personal reasons for taking part and will continue to build teams to honor loved ones who have fallen into addiction or who have lost their lives to opioid and heroin abuse.
We all know someone whose life has been shattered by the opioid and heroin epidemic. Chester County remains committed to tackling this scourge through intensive health, education, treatment, and law enforcement measures, coordinated by our Overdose Prevention Task Force. Through the County’s innovative COPE program (Community Outreach Prevention and Education), opioid overdose survivors who are treated in a Chester County emergency room can meet with a certified recovery specialist within an hour of coming into the ER. The goal is to move the overdose survivor from the ER directly to treatment (with their approval) regardless of insurance status, and to work with the survivor and family on how to navigate insurance coverage and ways to get the treatment. The peer specialist also meets with family members to give important information, provide Narcan and education on how to use it.