Libertyville High School’s second annual Color Run


Photo Courtesy of LHS STUCO

Libertyville High School’s first annual Color Run last year raised about $4,000. This year, LHS is hoping to raise $8,000.

Manal Ahmed, Entertainment Editor

On Saturday, May 7, Libertyville High School’s Student Council will be hosting its second annual Color Run. Check-in for the event will begin at 11 a.m. and the race will go from 12-2 p.m..

Similar to last year, radio station 102.3 XLC will be performing live, and there will be plenty of snacks and goodies for each registered runner. Runners will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, and a Color Run wristband when they register. Tickets will be $25 for students, $30 for adults, and admission will be free for participants under 4.

Proceeds from this event will be going to a local organization called “Michael Matters” that aims to raise awareness about brain cancer and give support to families stricken with the disease. With the success of the Color Run last year, LHS STUCO is looking forward to even higher rates of attendance, which will lead to more money for the organization.

“The last year, our goal was $1,000, and we raised $4,000. This year we set the goal for double that–$8,000. We think that’s pretty aggressive, but it’s a great goal, and I think our SUTCO can do it,” Student Council Advisor Ms. Andrea Lara stated.

Student Council is making a few behind-the-scenes changes to this year’s Color Run to ensure an even better time for students than last year. According to Ms. Lara, Student Council is trying to get runners covered in colored powder before the race starts and are working with more corporations to help sponsor the event. LHS STUCO is also reaching out to local schools across Lake County such as Vernon Hills High School, Warren Township High School, and Carmel Catholic High School to participate in the run because having a Color Run is not very common at many schools; Student Council advisors thought that because LHS students had so much fun last year, other kids may want to participate in it too.

“Last year, I really enjoyed being able to run covered in powder with my friends,” junior and previous Color Run participant Rachel Michaels shared.

Throughout the 3K, there will be a total of five color stations. There will be two color stations before runners get on the Butler Lake path and then three more stations closer to the football stadium on the way back. Color stations have to be kept on campus, so while runners are running on the Butler Lake path, there will be things such as a bubble machine and music to keep runners enthusiastic and motivated for some time without color.

Libertyville High School’s Student Council is also encouraging various clubs and teams at LHS to come out and participate in the Color Run as a bonding activity.

“Last year, the Best Buddies ran it together, and they had a lot of fun! We’d like to see more of that this year,” Mrs. Lara expressed.

Register and access the participant waiver for the LHS Color Run here: