Maricopa’s most colorful race returns to Copper Sky Regional Park this month, this time with pancakes.
The fourth annual Copa Color Fun Run and Walk begins 9 a.m. on Feb. 24. The race includes a 5K run and 1-mile walk.
The event opens to attendees at 8 a.m. for pre-registration. However, organizers encourage registering online or at the Copper Sky service desk ahead of the event to ensure a spot in the race. Advanced registration will also save participants $5 per admission.
Copper Sky fitness coordinator Matthew Reiter said more color and more prizes are expected this year, including an ‘80s-themed costume contest, first- through fifth-place race winners and swag gifts for every participant.
Beginning earlier in the morning than in previous years, the fun run will partner with American Legion Post 133 for a pancake breakfast, also starting at 8 a.m.
Post and Auxiliary members will accept a $5 donation per pancake plate. All funds benefit veterans and programs within the local American Legion.
Additionally, 5 percent of the proceeds raised for the color run will benefit the Maricopa Police Foundation.
“If we can find a way to attach these events to causes that can generate income for local organizations, it is really the ultimate goal,” Reiter said.
Three photographers will be snapping shots of attendees as event workers powder them with color. Participants are encouraged to publish their own social media-worthy photographs online as well.
“This year is about the selfie, the fun and the family event,” Reiter said.
Adults: Pre-Registration: $25, Same day: $30
Youth (12-17): Pre-Registration: $15, Same day: $20
Child (7-11): Pre-Registration: $10, Same Day: $15
(6 and under): Free (no head band or color packet)
This story appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.