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MADISON, IL. (KPLR) – The 2nd Annual Color Me Rad Run was held at Gateway Motorsports Park Sunday morning as hundreds packed the raceway and enjoyed the great weather.

More than 1,000 people showed up to get their t-shirts doused with color. The event was created to support the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis and other charities.  John Cannella and relative Ramona McConnell say they made the run part of their summer family reunion.

'We want to have fun that`s what we`re all about we`re a fun outfit.' Said Canella

'I wanted to be part of raising awareness of the needs that are out there in a meaningful, colorful, fun and exciting way.' Said McConnell

Organizer Ryan Johnson says the run has an impact on everyone who attends. It`s the second year of the event and it’s the first for runners in St. Louis. The Gateway City is the 49th stop on this year`s 90 city tour across the U.S. and Canada.

'There`s something magical in the color I`ve seen big gnarly men, big biker dudes who are bald with tattoos all over the place suddenly transform into little kids when the color starts flying.' said Johnson

Last year more than 200,000 people signed up to participate in the untimed 3.1 mile run.  At least 5,000 pounds of cornstarch color was used during Sunday`s event.

Website: Color Me Rad Run