Runners paint Music City streets in 1st Nashville Color Run - WKRN News 2

Runners paint Music City streets in 1st Nashville Color Run


Approximately 15,000 people colored the streets of Nashville in Music City's first-ever Color Run Sunday morning.

Participants gathered around 9 a.m. in white shirts and sweatbands and prepared to run 3.2 miles over the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge onto 2nd Avenue North, along Woodland Street. Runners made their way toward the finish line just past Titans Way.

Dubbed "The happiest 5K on the planet," participants ran through clouds of color made up of washable "dyed" cornstarch.

By the end, color runners were covered in a variety of reds, purples, blues, oranges and yellows.

Amputee Blade Runners was the Nashville charity partner for the event. They are a non-profit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees like Daryl Farler.

Farler told Nashville's News 2, "It's a little off you know, I'm used to running half marathons like the Country Music Half Marathon, the Savannah Half Marathon and that's a race you don't get doused with color but this was really, really fun!"

Sunday's run ended with a couple saying "I do."

Gabrielle Pennington and Clay Benningfield of Bowling Green, Kentucky ran the race in their white wedding clothes, along with some of their family and friends.

They exchanged vows on the bank of the Cumberland River with Music City as their backdrop.

"We went to Cincinnati about two weeks ago.  We had a blast doing it and just popped in the idea," Pennington said, adding, "This was a two week plan. We decided we were going to do it so here we are. We like to have fun, all our family does to so this was unique."

The couple has been together for nearly seven years.

After they were proclaimed husband and wife, the wedding party doused them with even more color.

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