By Reggie Jarrett

Editor, Jax Air News

The air was filled with color at the Antenna Farm aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Sept. 30 (NAS Jax) with much of it falling on the 370 participants of the Color Run 5K.

The Color Run combines a traditional 5K run with color stations throughout the race where colored powder was thrown at the runners, leaving them covered in pink, yellow, red, green and blue.

This was the first time the Color Run was held at NAS Jax as it replaces the popular Mud Run. 

"Mayport does such a great job with their Mud Run," said Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Fitness Director Jill Sheppard. "We wanted to do something different."

Like the previous Mud Runs, the Color Run was not a timed run. The participants did not seem to mind as the goal of the race was to have fun. 

"It was awesome," said Misty Elliott, who was sworn into the Navy last month and will attend boot camp Dec. 4. "It was my first Navy event."

Despite threatening weather for the day, Sheppard was pleased with number of people at the event.  "The turnout was great," she said.

Lt. William Moxey of Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 and his wife, Caitlin were two of the participants with their 10-month-old son Patrick.

"We come to all the runs," they said. "We like to support MWR events."

Those who missed the Color Run this year, will get another chance next year. "We will be having the Color Run from now on," Sheppard said. 

Judging from the response from the participants of the event, it promises to be one of the most popular events aboard NAS Jax for years to come.