Around 10,000 people gathered in Camden, New Jersey Saturday night for The Color Run Night.
The event began 7:30 p.m. at Campbell’s Field on North Delaware Avenue.
“The cool thing about this race is it’s a night-themed event,” said race director Kent Phippen. “This is our first nighttime event in the country. We’re testing it out here in the Philadelphia market.”
The event, which was founded in March 2011, is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which runners wearing white are doused from head to toe with different colors at each kilometer.
“All the zones are going to be glowing color zones,” Phippen said. “There are going to be lots of black lights along the course. The powder is a little bit different because it glows in the dark. Everybody gets their own black light head lamp to run with.”
A daytime Color Run took place in July at the Wells Fargo Center. Phippen told NBC10 they were unable to hold the nighttime race at Wells Fargo due to limited availability.
“We wanted it to be over at the sports complex but we couldn’t find a date that worked for them in the fall,” Phippen said. “Campbell’s Field has been really grateful. We already knew we wanted to do a night-themed event in the area. We sought out a few vendors and thought this one worked best.”
Phippen admits he received requests to change the name to the “Camden Color Run” but decided to stick with the Philly title.
“We felt that since it was the Philly area it made sense to call it the Philadelphia Color Run,” he said. Phippen also addressed the safety concerns due to the event being held in Camden.
“We felt comfortable working with Campbell’s field and the county and felt that everything would be okay because they have lots of large events at the field,” he said. “We checked it out ourselves and talked to local law enforcement. On top of all that we really beefed up security and increased our security significantly. On top of what the local law enforcement is going to do, we have 40 more security officers patrolling parking lots.”
The race ended around 10:30 p.m. with a party and two fireworks shows.
TIME: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 1pm
DETAILS: The iconic “62” on the forward starboard (New Jersey side) hull is scheduled to be re-painted on Monday, Oct. 20 at approximately 1pm. As part of “Fire Power For Freedom Restoration” project, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 711 of New Jersey donated workforce and materials to repaint the entire hull of the Battleship New Jersey, IUPAT has undertaken the effort to repaint the ship to show support for our veterans and the City of Camden. The job consists of a rotating crew of two – four painters over the course of the next few weeks using their skills and knowledge of industrial painting to preserve the ship for generations to come.
Currently, the hull adjacent to the ship’s pier has been re-painted. The painting team has recently moved over the water and, with the use of baskets, a barge and safety boat, have begun painting
the forward starboard hull.
PHOTO OPP: Union Painters Re-painting Iconic “62” on the Battleship
The UOSS was founded in 1944 and provides a wide variety of information and referral programs, senior programs, and volunteer services to all residents of Camden County. It has been designated as the Labor Agency Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Trades Training Program for highly qualified women and minorities in the City of Camden who desire a career in Unions and the Building Trades.
Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours every day from 9:30am to 3pm. Experience the Turret II tour! This guided tour takes guests five decks down to the bottom of the massive 16-inch gun turret. Along the way, guests will hoist projectiles, plot a firing solution, even pull the trigger to simulate the firing of this iconic gun.
Plus, now guests can end their tour with a walk down Broadway, the longest and most impressive Passageway on the Battleship. To purchase tickets, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org or call 866-877-6262 ext. 144.
The Camden Waterfront and downtown Haddonfield have been named a Great Place in New Jersey for 2014 by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter.
Launched in 2012, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces.
APA-NJ calls for nominations annually and receives submissions from municipalities, county governments, developers, other public and private organizations, and individuals.
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