Over 100 community members participated in the sixth annual Los Banos Elementary School Color Run Saturday, March 11, at Garden Park V on Persimmon Street in Los Banos. The annual fundraising event combines a 5 kilometer run or walk course with the throwing of chalk dust on participants at specific locations along the course. Pacheco High School students as well as members of the Los Banos High School band played songs of encouragement along the route. Scenes from the event include, clockwise from upper left photo, an official countdown from 10 started the annual Color Run at Persimmon Park in Los Banos; Erika Juarez, left, and her daughter, Alayna, a fifth grade student at Los Banos Elementary, show off the many colors they acquired along the course; a student is doused with various color of chalk dust at the finish line; Los Banos Elementary School Principal, Renee Leonard, below, and her husband, Frank secure the balloon arch at the start/finish line; Three brothers, from left, Azarias Pena, age 7, Ronan Pena, age 6 and Junious Pena, age 7 are all member of Los Banos Cub Scout Troop 85 and attend Charleston Elementary School. They were selling snacks at the Fun Run. The boys are the sons of Fernando Pena, a seventh year math teacher at Creekside Junior High. He too was in attendance as a Scout Master; and Jaclyn Ritchie with Los Banos Elementary School, left, awards each participant with a beaded necklaces after completing the course.

Gene Lieb