For Mental Health Awareness Month, Heart of the Lakes Elementary in Perham is holding a Color Run.

On the day of their Color Run, students will be given white t-shirts in their P.E. class to dye during the event that evening. The race is one mile long. Two routes will be provided.

According to Principal of Heart of the Lakes Elementary Liz Johnson, the reasons for this event are to promote healthy choices in a fun family way and to bring families together as a community while building relationships.

"The Wellness part of the Color Run came from conversations I have had with Courtney Rooney about our community's mental health and resources we have to offer, which has been so incredibly important quite poignantly in this last year," Johnson said. "The Wellness Color Run gives us a chance to showcase services, reinforce healthy habits and provide an event we can all come together for."

Immediate family members are welcome to attend. Students need to be with an adult.

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The Color Run will take place on May 3 and 5. Check-in is at 5 p.m. The race begins at 5:30 p.m. Cohort A families will run on May 3. Cohort B families will run on May 5. This is to keep the event safe while meeting COVID-19 guidelines.

Registration is required. The form can be found here and turned in at Heart of the Lakes. There is a suggested $10 registration fee that includes a T-shirt for students. All proceeds go toward future Color Runs. Each event has a max of 250 people. Registration is first come, first served. All forms must be turned in by Friday, April 16.

"Big thanks to (the) teamwork of our Heart of the Lakes P.E. department — Kelli Stoll, Jake Olson, Wayne Werner, Sue Seip and Courtney Rooney," Johnson said. "We have tried to make this event happen since last year and hope to have this be an annual event to connect us all together."