More than 5,000 runners took over the Kern County Fairgrounds today for the Color Me Rad 5K run. Many were sporting fresh white t-shirts but they didn't stay that way.
"Each kilometer or so we have them run through a color station, we blast them with all sorts of different colors to make them look ridiculous," said the race's master of ceremonies, Tommy Peterson. "Our goal is to make them look like a kindergarten art project gone horribly wrong."
Between all of the tie-dye runners, Color Me Rad is currently in the middle of a 63 city tour.
"Every city has a different organization that we are raising funds for and this city happens to be CSUB and it benefits the Children's Miracle network," said Kristine Peterson, Color Me Rad Volunteer Coordinator.
Through California State University Bakersfield funds raised this morning will assist the Children's Miracle Network in providing medical care, research, and education to help sick and injured kids.
Surprisingly, two of the three people behind creating the Color Me Rad race tour doesn't see what many others do.
"Two of the three founders of Color Me Rad are color blind.," Tommy Peterson said. "So this is there way of fighting back against that dreaded disease."
Color Me Rad's next race in California is scheduled for April 7 in Fresno. Proceeds from that race will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity..