Archive for Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sporting events expected to bring in visitors, impact Lawrence economy

September 12, 2013


Two sporting events are expected to bring in more than 6,500 participants and make an impact of more than $100,000 on the Lawrence economy on Saturday: The Color Run in the morning and the Bike MS: Kansas City Ride that afternoon.

The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau expects more than 4,000 people to participate in The Color Run, which begins at 9 am. in Watson Park. Participants will run in white T-shirts through yellow, orange, pink and blue powder. At the finish line a festival area will be filled with music, dancing, giveaways and "color explosions." The event is not timed and is open to people of all ages. Registration is available online at A portion of the run’s proceeds will benefit Van Go Inc., an arts-based social service agency that serves high-needs and under-served youth.

At about 11 a.m., more than 2,500 cyclists from the Bike MS: Kansas City Ride will arrive at the Cycling Village in South Park, where they will spend the night. The Gears & Grooves Festival will take over the park from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., featuring live music, food and beer for purchase. The event is open to the public. On Sunday, the group will return to the ride's origin in Olathe. The ride is expected to raise more than $1 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Convention and visitors officials say that enough people are expected to attend the events from outside of Lawrence, many of them staying overnight, to create more than $100,000 in economic impact.


Budgets_Smudgets 4 years, 8 months ago

"The Color Run is not a charity or non-profit organization. The Color Run, LLC is a “for profit” event company....(The run will ) make a donation to the local charity (Van-Go which) depends on the level of involvement/volunteers provided by the charity." - from the Color Run website

At 4,000 x $40 they will collect $160,000 from participant fees (although I have heard numbers of up to 7,000 participating locally) How much of this will they actually leave in the community to support our wonderful local charity???

Clickker 4 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like fun..who the he** cares if it is "for profit"? This is America...taking profit risks ensures we have things like this.

The only thing that i dont like is the running through "colored powder"...I cant beleive that is good for your lungs/eyes etc

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