Third Annual Districtwide Color Run: A Superhero-Themed Success

Young girl with a ponytail and tie-dye shirt looks at a bag of chocolate in her hand while holding a bouquet of flowers in the other.
The winner’s circle sure is sweet.

The third annual Color Run was held Sunday, Nov. 5, bringing together students, teachers, staff and the entire South Colonie community for a day of fun and charitable giving. The event featured a Superhero theme that added an extra layer of excitement for participants.

Saddlewood Stars emerged as the champions, clinching the South Colonie Color Run Cup for having the highest number of participants. Their trophy, engraved with the school name, will be displayed in the building to commemorate the achievement. Saddlewood had an impressive 46 participants, closely followed by Shaker Road with 40. Veeder, Forest Park, and Roesselville also had commendable numbers of participants. 

In the spirit of community giving, the event garnered an impressive collection of over two large bins of non-perishable food items and $200 in donations, all of which will be gratefully donated to support a local food pantry.

“The annual South Colonie Color Run not only brings our community together in a fun and healthy way but also allows us to make a positive impact on those in need,” said CCHS track coach Lisa Paparone. The generous outpouring of donations, both in terms of non-perishable food items and financial contributions, exemplifies the compassion and unity within our community. We’re not only celebrating our runners  but also our collective spirit of giving. All the donated items will directly benefit the Capital Church Food Pantry.”

The Color Run also witnessed incredible athletic achievements. In the boys Pre-K through first grade race, Finnley Fedo broke the previous record with a remarkable time of 1:44.8 for the 0.25 mile (400m). In the ninth grade and above full mile race, Sean Obermayer set a new course record, completing the race in 4:59.5, beating his previous record of 5:45.

High School age boy wearing Incredibles franchise onsie running on the track smiling.
What an Incredible time!

The success of this year’s Color Run wouldn’t have been possible without the combined efforts of everyone involved – from the participants to the organizers. Plans for next year’s event are already in the works, promising to be bigger and better. 

“Looking ahead, we are already in the early stages of planning for next year’s event, and we’re excited to announce some fantastic enhancements. In the coming year, we’ll introduce a new element of competition with medals being awarded to the top three finishers in each race, while every participant will receive well-deserved ribbons upon completing their event,” Paparone added. 

Other plans on the horizon include an awards ceremony and a fresh, captivating theme for the races and the possibility of introducing a thrilling teacher/administration race.

To view the list of results for this year’s race, click here

To view the full photo album of this year’s color run, click here.

Seeking First Race Information from Participants

Due to a technical issue at the finish line during the first race, the event organizers are actively seeking help from parents/guardians who may have information about the race results. Any corrections to times or additional information can be sent to Lisa Paparone at