By Heidi Zemach for SCN
In an attempt to re-invigorate school spirit and sports fundraising, Sami King, the Seward High School Athletics Director has decided to adopt a cool new twist on an old tradition. This year’s Hawk Walk will be a Color Run, and its new name is the “Seahawk Spirit Scamper.”
If you haven’t yet heard of the Color Run—it’s a celebratory race event where thousands of participants run to celebrate health and fitness, and to raise money for various charities. Participants get extremely happy passing through sprays of cornstarch-based paint colors. They end up totally covered in it, gleeful and rainbow-costumed.
The color run in Anchorage this past summer drew 15,000 participants and was the largest crowd ever for a run in Alaska. The official 5K Color Runs were held in more than 100 cities across the U.S. this year, and over a million people are believed to have participated.
For the Seahawk Spirit Scamper, the colors will be green and yellow, and participants’ paint-splattered tee-shirts can be worn for school spirit at events anytime.
King, who replaced longtime SHS athletic director Dan Krier who retired last year, said she came up with the idea after listening to a good deal of input about the Hawk Walk: I saw the success of the color run, and then hearing many parents and community members wishing that there was more green and gold on our kids – it just made sense to have our own version of the color run.”
Anyone, not only Seward High School students will be able to run or walk the course, which opens it up to many more participants. Generally it has been held on a weekday afternoon. Students who managed to raise $100 from sponsors for school athletics were allowed to miss some of their afternoon classes to participate in the Hawk Walk.
“We’re hoping it’ll be a new cool twist on a really old tradition,” said SHS Principal Trevan Walker. After running through six color stations, where people throw paint on them from buckets, participants will be “walking billboards of the school colors,” he said.
The new event will be on Saturday, September 21st, starting at 11 a.m., and end up at Seward High school- just before the home football game against Valdez begins.
“That way, hopefully we can pack the stands with freshly painted green and gold shirts,” King said.
It will begin at the Alaska SeaLife Center and head up 4th Avenue, crossing the road to Resurrection drive, and will continue to SHS.
Fees to participate will be:
6th grade and under- $25.00
7th grade and up through adults – $50.00
Those interested can sign up for the Seahawk Spirit Scamper with any high school student starting Monday Sept 8.
On the day of the race, you will need to check in and sign a waiver, and get your white t-shirt.