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Colorful 5K raises $9,000 for Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House

Colorful 5K raises $9,000 for Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Color Me Rad participants raised around $9,000 Saturday for the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.

Color Me Rad is a for-profit event that gives a portion of proceeds from each race across the United States and Canada to a local nonprofit.

It was inspired by the Holi Festival of India.

More than 800,000 runners across North America have taken part in Color Me Rad events.

This year's Bakersfield event was held at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

Runners start the race with a sparkling white T-shirt and finishers celebrate by throwing their own Color Bomb into the air.

Organizers said it's all about encouraging the fun side of fitness, and almost everyone who took part Saturday said they had fun and would be back next year.

The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House provides free housing for families of pediatric patients who have to travel more than 25 miles.

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