“¡Vamos, vamos!” yelled teachers at the Woodcrest Elementary School Spanish Immersion School as their brightly-clad students whirled around a makeshift track in the schoolyard. “Let’s go, let’s go!”
Atypical dress was the norm for the fourth annual La Carrera Loca de Colores, or Crazy Color Run, Friday. The kids were decked out in capes, tutus, neon knee-high socks and more to raise money for the Spanish Immersion Parent Teacher Organization.
Students from each grade level took turns looping around the track for 10 minutes, while family members cheered.
After exercising, the students enjoyed healthy snacks and water.
The PTO hoped to make $12,000 through color run sponsorships from students’ family and friends, according Janine Hanson, who served as co-chairperson of the event. The Crazy Color Run is the PTO’s largest fundraiser, she said.
The PTO funds numerous programs at Woodcrest from art classes to a cultural festival.
The kindergartners were quite pleased with their athletic prowess, although many of them tired after several minutes.
“I had my cheetah speed on,” kindergartner Nora Laufenberg said after the run. “That means so, so, so, so fast.”
Olivia Koester is at [email protected]