Towson University held its first ever Holi Run over the weekend, a combination of the traditional Holi Festival of Colors from India that celebrates the coming of spring and the Color Run race held in multiple cities throughout the country.
“It was my brain child that I came up with after watching Holi videos excessively last spring,” said student Justin Schwendeman. “I then thought of the Color Run and how Baltimore had never done one. I talked with some friends and we decided to put it on. URG contacted different organizations and we all decided to work together on the event.”
“The powder is all natural and we bought it in bulk from Amazon.com,” he added. “We had 320lbs for the event and it was more than enough.”
The event, a collaboration between Towson University Residence Government (URG), Theta Chi Fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Phi Mu and the South Asian Student Association, also raised $940 for charities including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network through entrance fees from runners. Plans are in the works for next year’s event.