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The Countdown is On for the Annual Color Blast 5K! Don’t Miss It Memorial Day Weekend

On Memorial Day – May 30th – 2016, Hospitality House AmeriCorps VISTA project Welcome Home Thriftique will host the Third Annual Mast General Store Memorial Day Color Blast 5K. This un-timed 5K Run/Walk will raise funds for individuals, families and children of Hospitality House. Set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson-Burnley Park, this year’s event will offer lots of fun for the whole family.

“Since Memorial Day is a school day for area families, we gear this colorful event to parents, kids and teens,” says NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and Welcome Home Thriftique project manager Ethan Flynn. “The Color Blast provides Ashe, Avery, Watauga and surrounding communities a unique opportunity to enjoy the holiday weekend, while supporting their neighbors in need.”

Participants can expect free yogurt provided by Menchie’s in Boone, a free photo booth with fun props, face painting, music, finish line celebrations, kids sunglasses, Mast General Store raffle, free pixie sticks, neon bandanas, colored-water shooters, local food vendors, and fresh fruit provided by Ingles.

A “Fun Run Loop” will be held at 6:30 for kids under 10 to run a lap on the dirt track through clouds of color. The cost is $5 and kids can sign up at the event with parental assistance.

Early registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. The first one-hundred registrations receive a free refillable sport bottle. Early registration is online now at www.HospHouse.org  and www.WelcomeHomeThriftique.com.

On-site registration will begin at 4pm and M-Prints custom designed t-shirts will be first come first serve.  On-site registration will be $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.

An aerial drone video from 2015 can be viewed on the Hospitality House YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/HospitalityHouseNC

Those who pre-register can pick up their packets on May 26th and 27th between 11:00am and 6:00pm or May 28th between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm at Welcome Home Thriftique, 182 Boone Heights Drive – behind Burger King.

Flynn has been organizing the event, and all proceeds will support Welcome Home Thriftique’s Foundation For Success, a job skills training program and AmeriCorps initiative of Hospitality House.

Welcome Home Thriftique, a four-year cooperative project between Hospitality House, Appalachian State University’s ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) program, North Carolina Campus Compact, and AmeriCorps, has been open since July 25, 2014. All items sold in the store have been donated by the community and 100 percent of profits go to support the men, women and children of Hospitality House. Merchandised items include art, furniture, antiques, collectibles, home goods, décor, name brand clothing and the Anna Banana’s Overstock Shop.

The Mast General Store Memorial Day Color Blast 5K is also sponsored by OP Smiles, Anna Banana’s and Menchie’s of Boone. For more information, please contact Ethan Flynn at ethan@hosphouse.org or call Welcome Home Thriftique at (828) 355-9703.

Welcome Home Thriftique is located at 182 Boone Heights Drive. Store hours are MondayFriday 11am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. To learn more go tohttp://www.welcomehomethriftique.com, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/welcomehomethriftique and follow them Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/welcomehomethriftique/ and Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/Thriftique182

To learn more about Hospitality House, visit them online at www.HospHouse.org, follow them on Twitter @HospHouseBooneor on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HospHouse.