Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2012

Town Talk: Color Run expected to draw more than 5,000 runners to Downtown Lawrence; eclectic boutique opens on Mass.; weekly land transfers

September 13, 2012


News and notes from around town:

• What do you suppose would happen if I threw a vat of food coloring on my wife? I’m assuming that she would be tickled by it. After all, she is planning on paying someone $40 to throw all types of color on her while she runs approximately three miles. (Some people would say five kilometers, but I thought we fought the Cold War so we wouldn’t have to learn the metric system.)

In fact, lots of people are going to run through downtown and East Lawrence while people throw some type of color solution on them. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must have been living underneath some type of black and white rock for the last several months.

The event is called a Color Run, and it is quite a craze. In fact, it now appears certain that Lawrence’s Color Run on Oct. 6 will be the largest single race ever held in the city.

Bob Sanner with the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau told me that 5,000 people already have signed up to participate in the event. For a bit of perspective, the Lawrence Half Marathon, which is a big event, attracts around 2,500 participants.

Thus far, the Color Run has been adding about 1,000 new participants per week, so Sanner believes 8,000 people is a very likely possibility and there is even a chance for 10,000 runners to be in Downtown Lawrence on Oct. 6.

Think about that for a second: 10,000 people invading Downtown Lawrence for a 4 o'clock race on a Saturday afternoon, and all of them expecting to get plastered with some type of cornstarch-like color solution. There have been a lot of crazy sights in downtown on a Saturday, but this is likely to rank pretty high on the list.

And yes, this is Lawrence, so it would be hard to have an athletic event without beer. (I knew there was a reason I never left this town after college.) The 900 block of New Hampshire Street will be closed for a good part of the afternoon and evening of Oct. 6 to accommodate the finish line for the race and the starting line for the after-party for the event.

In fact, quite a few streets will be closed for the race. The event will feature an entirely closed course, meaning there won’t be any traffic along the route of the race. There also will be four areas set up along the race course that have special color injectors that shoot the color solution, which race organizers say is completely natural and cleans up off the streets easily. If you are interested in what areas will be impacted, here’s a link to a map. If you live along one of the streets you should soon be getting a letter from the city detailing traffic arrangements for the day.

If you are interested in learning more about how the race works, click here. Or, you can watch me dump a vat of red food coloring on my wife. I can’t wait to make her so happy.

• Upon further reflection, I have a feeling that may not work as well as I once thought. If I dumped a vat of food coloring on my wife, I suspect she may dump a few of my worldly possessions on the lawn.

Or, she could modify them a bit and sell them as art at a new boutique in Downtown Lawrence.

URU: Upcycled, Re-Purposed, Up-Styled has opened at 1113 Mass., in the former home of the Vagabond Book Shop. The shop has all kinds of items that it sells both on consignment and through rented booths. But it is working to carve a niche as a place where people take ordinary things and turn them into something less than ordinary.

For example, one vendor sells purses made out of plastic grocery bags. The bags go through some sort of process where they are infused, and then they are molded into plastic purses. Or another example is an artist who takes items such as old drum cymbals or vinyl records or even license plates and turns them into clocks.

There are also more traditional items like hand-crafted jewelry and antiques, said Brittany Bengel, who manages the store that is owned by her mother, Sharmain Saldan.

Bengel said her mother is the former owner of an antique mall in California, and then began selling heavily online.

“We just try to have an eclectic mix of everything,” Bengel said.

So far, business has been good. The store is in the process of expanding into the building’s back room. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

• Another week, another set of land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds office. Click here to see the list for the week ending Sept. 3.

There was one commercial sale of note. The building at 5150 Clinton Parkway, which is right near Kansas University’s tennis facility and the former Sport 2 Sport complex — has been sold. The building — which at one point housed the Family Church of Lawrence but I believe no longer does — was sold by a group that included Lawrence resident George and Judy Paley and Rich and Judi Mahaley. The new owner is Iverd LLC, which I believe is led by Lawrence businessman David Sakumura


Joe Adams 5 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence Gymnastics Academy is moving a bunch of their stuff to that location of Clinton Parkway. It sounds like they are growing enough that they are dedicating their Wakarusa location to older kids and moving toddlers to the new area. Looking at the appraiser map, Iverd LLC also owns the other location on Wakarusa.

Chad Lawhorn 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the tip. I'll check in with them.

Jeanne Cunningham 5 years, 7 months ago

Why is there no charity listed for the Lawrence Color Run event? Where does the money go?

Sean Williams 5 years, 7 months ago

David Sakamura did say he acquired the building and would be expanding the gymnastics & Tumbling business.

Edwin Rothrock 5 years, 7 months ago

The Color Runs are inspired by the celebrations of the Hindu spring holiday Holi.

Matt Schwartz 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, they are inspired my money and greed.

d_prowess 5 years, 7 months ago

This seems like a pretty expensive 5K race! I know it is for charity, but so are pretty much all races these days and you don't get anything more than you get at other races.

*Solo Runner/Walker 40.00 Early Registration 45.00 starting September 15th 2012 50.00 starting October 1st 2012

teri pettengill 5 years, 7 months ago

My daughter and I did several 5k races this year, including the Color Run in Kansas City on July 1st. All the of the races we did cost anywhere from $25. - $40. Every one we did except the Color Run, we got a t-shirt. The Color Run we received a t-shirt, headband and a packet of the color stuff to throw at the end. Yes, it was the most expensive one we did, but well worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a blast, and the shortest one, or so it seemed. You just can't wait to get to the next color station! Loved, Loved, Loved it!

Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

Plus with Bassnecter at Burcham Park the night before the Color Run, should be a wild weekend.

butrflkisz 5 years, 7 months ago

The color run is to benefit the Ronald McDonald house

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