Thousands pelted with color at 5K run April 19, 2014By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun Billy Howarth filled a plastic bottle with bright blue cornstarch and patiently waited for the first of the Color Run participants to pass through the blue zone. "They told us we have to go like a hose," said Howarth, a 21 year old University of Delaware student in town to volunteer as a color thrower for Saturday's 5K run, as he motioned the bottle from side to side. "You can't go up and down. And for little kids we have to do it gently." The color throwers covered their mouths with bandannas as the first runners came through, pelting them with blue until a cloud of color rose high into the air in the parking lot near Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Blue was the last of five colors the runners would race through before crossing the finish line. Saturday marked Baltimore's third Color Run, an event that bills itself as "the happiest 5K on the planet" and leaves runners who show up in white T shirts and rainbow headbands covered in a kaleidoscope of yellow, green, orange, blue and purple. And in case participants were not colorful enough after finishing a course that wound around the lots of Camden Yards and M Bank Stadium, the event ended with an emcee on a stage who encouraged runners to dance and throw extra packages of color into the air at once. "I've only lived in Baltimore for a year, so it's a good way to open myself up to my new city," said Dede Fago, 25, who ran with her boyfriend, Matthew Knoerlein, 27. "At the color [stations] everyone is dancing but you can't really see anything, and it's a cloud of color everywhere. It's my favorite race." "It's what got me into running," added Knoerlein. About 10,000 people signed up for the morning race and about 7,000 registered for the afternoon race, according to race director Amanda Blanck. The event, which drew an estimated 25,000 when first held in Baltimore last spring, has spread to hundreds of cities around the world since it began in 2012. Their purple, black and white tutus were leftover from the Polar Bear Plunge, she said. Many participants added tutus, wigs and animal ears, or other accessories to their running wardrobe, including 36 year old Landon Baker, who wore a pink mohawk wig, a pink mustache, pink glasses and a tutu. He said his outfit was inspired by "wildness." Sharee Harris, who sported a curly rainbow wig she picked up at Party City, said she had been trying to get in shape and the race had been a goal since last year. "This is my first 5K and I thought it would be really motivating," said Harris, of Glen Burnie. "The goal last year was to get on the rides at Disney, now I'm just trying to get sexy for my 35th [birthday] in December." The event drew participants of all ages. Brigitte Frasier of Upperco came with her three sons and one of her son's girlfriends. "It was very joyful, I would say, everybody was laughing and having a good time," Frasier, 49, said after the race. The colors "kind of took our breath away at first . you learn to hold your breath as you go through."
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WAYNE Rooney has the world at his feet as he celebrates his 21st birthday. The star Manchester United striker, who gets "the key to the door" tomorrow, is believed to be on the verge of signing a new contract with the club which could make him the richest footballer in Britain. In 2004, Rooney signed up to a five year megabucks deal. But the club is so keen to hold on to the England idol they could extend it by up to eight years netting him at least 30m, excluding the millions a year he will earn in sponsorship deals from brands like Nike. Wayne's Midas touch has rubbed off on his fiance and childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin, 20, who in the last year has amassed 5m in deals from firms like Asda, Nike, LG mobile phones and publishers Harper Collins, with whom she is set release a biography. With their wealth and a lifestyle blending the high life with the down to earth, the couple could soon enjoy the public profile David and Victoria Beckham enjoyed in their heyday. But the Liverpool born "Croxteth Two" have achieved fame and fortune much earlier than the Beckhams. David was only just becoming a household name at 21, cementing his status with an amazing goal from the half way line in a United clash against Wimbledon. In contrast, Wayne, who played in his 100th game for United yesterday, had destroyed Arsenal's 30 match unbeaten run and become the youngest ever Premiership scorer in one fell swoop by the age of 16. He has chalked up a 30m transfer fee surpassed only by teammate Rio Ferdinand, plus a Young Sports Personality of the Year award. Coleen has also made an early start on the road to fame and fortune at her age Victoria was a good two years off chart success. If you feel we have made an error in a report, or have fallen below our usual high standards, please write in the first instance to: Rob Irvine, editor, Manchester Evening News, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 8EP. Free morning newspaper, The Metro, published every weekday, is also part of our portfolio, delivering more than 200,000 readers in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Business Week is the region's number one provider of business news andfeatures, targeting a bespoke business audience with 12,687 copies every Thursday.