Locals soaked up a rainbow of colour in the first annual Colour Crawl run

Locals soaked up a rainbow of colour in the first annual Colour Crawl run

Colour Crawl paints the town

Locals splashed with every colour in the rainbow ran in the first ever Colour Crawl Run on Saturday afternoon.

Locals splashed with every colour in the rainbow ran in the first ever Colour Crawl Run on Saturday afternoon.

Over four hundred locals took part in the event, arriving wearing white apparel that was soon doused with an explosion of non-toxic colour.

The race was put on by local band Shred Kelly and the Arts Station as part of their participation in B.C.’s Peak Performance Project, the grand prize for which is $102,700.

The Colour Crawl raised $11,200, with $5,500 each going to the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation and the Fernie and District Arts Council to create a concert series initiative that aims to promote youth to get into music.

“I’m a preschool teacher,” said Shred Kelly vocalist and keyboard player Sage McBride, “Jordan [Vlasschaert, bassist] and Tim [Newton, banjo, vocals, guitar] are youth care workers, so when we’re not playing music we spend a lot of time with the children and youth in the community,” she explained.

“Our goal is to create experiences and opportunities in the Elk Valley for youth to pursue their dreams and have their passions nurtured and supported from an early age,” said McBride.

The remaining $200 will be given to Fernie Search and Rescue for donating their services and First Aid to the event.

At the finish line, participants wiped off some of the remnants of the day while enjoying a barbeque and live music performed by the band Shred Kelly themselves.