The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office hosted a color dash on Saturday, April 14, in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights week, with all the proceeds going to benefit the local Hartley House in Clovis.
Over 200 participants lined up around 8:30 a.m. on the cold and windy morning across from the Clovis Aquatic Center. Before the colors were released, crowds came dressed in full color with many wearing bright active wear and tutus. Friends Kristen Brumm, 24, and Michele Barbeau, 27, had never participated in a color run before, but decided to give it a try after seeing it advertised on Facebook. “I’ve always wanted to do a color run,” said Brumm, “I’m a runner, I love running and I love color, so…I’m super excited about it.
Not only did the color run provide people with an interesting new way to spend their Saturday morning, but it also helped raise approximately $8,000 for the Hartley House, a domestic violence shelter in Eastern New Mexico. According to an article from Eastern New Mexico News, the proceeds will go towards the “$10,000 remodel of the shelter’s bathroom to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The Hartley House is an important asset to the Eastern New Mexico community as it provides shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children, assistance filing petitions, individualized safety plans, and more.
Both Brumm and Barbeau understood the importance of the cause they were running for, saying, “We don’t talk about it enough. It’s a stigma to talk about. It’s something that is kept in the dark a lot and it’s something that, if we bring more awareness to it maybe we can take one step further to fixing it.”