Mobile has always been full of colorful characters. It only makes sense that the city should welcome back The Color Run for a second time.
The non-competitive event is best known for participants being doused with a Technicolor-worthy display of cornstarch at each kilometer, while generally having some fun.
In just three years, the concept has already expanded to more than 170 cities in 30 countries. The Color Run has been featured by the likes of ESPN, Cosmopolitan magazine and the Wall Street Journal, while also having more than 6 million views on YouTube.
“The Mobile Sports Authority is very excited to welcome back the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet,’” said Danny Corte, executive director of the MSA. “With the success of last year’s event, with almost 3,000 runners participating and with the new 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour, I expect another great turnout for the Color Run 5K Mobile; along with a fun-filled day of health, wellness and family activities in downtown, in conjunction with the farmer’s market and One Fit Mobile.”
The Color Run is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m. The new staging area will be at Mardi Gras Park (corner of Royal and Government streets), with the course going through downtown and nearby historic neighborhoods. This year, Color Runners can expect “unique Kaleidoscope attractions on the course, incredible photo-ops and epic Kaleidoscope fun at the Finish Line Festival,” said co-race director Callan Graham.
At 9:30 that morning, the One Fit Mobile celebration begins in Bienville Square, with live music, interactive fitness training demonstrations, plus health and fitness education presentations. The fall return of the farmer’s market is set for 7-11 a.m. at Cathedral Square.
“The Color Run is a different type of run,” said co-race director Peggy Olive. “Totally non-competitive, participants run or walk just for fun. No one worries about their finish time – just how much and how many colors they are wearing at the end of 3.1 miles.”
The Color Run selects an individual charity in each city for which to donate, and this year’s partner is the North Mobile YMCA. For additional information on the race, visit www.thecolorrun.com/mobile.
Best of the Best
A member of the first baseball team at the University of South Alabama will be inducted this fall into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Joining him will be a trio who found success for Jaguar programs in the 1990s and 2000s.
The honorees are Henry “Dock” Richardson (baseball, 1965-68), who led his team in batting average and RBIs for three seasons; former assistant coach Ronnie Powell (baseball, 1987-2006), who guided the Jags to 794-431-1 record and 17 NCAA Regional appearances; Shaun Rothuysen (men’s soccer, 1993-95), who directed the Jags to a 49-15 record, three Sun Belt Conference titles and the school’s first NCAA appearance; and Virgil Stanescu (men’s basketball, 1999-2001), who topped USA in scoring and rebounding his final two years.
The group will be recognized at halftime, when the USA football team hosts Texas State Nov. 15 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The induction ceremony will be at the University Center Ballroom, at a date and time to be determined.
Countdown to kickoff
Preparations continue toward South Alabama’s football season. At a recent Sun Belt Conference event, nine Jaguars were selected to the preseason all-star team.
Wes Saxton was picked first-team at tight end for the second year in a row. Joining him on the select squad were offensive linemen Chris May and Ucambre Williams.
On the second-team unit were wide receivers Jeremé Jones and Shavarez Smith, defensive lineman Jesse Kelley, linebacker Maleki Harris, defensive back Qudarius Ford and kicker Aleem Sunanon.
After last year’s 6-6 overall record and 4-3 ledger in conference play, excitement has been building. A USA official said season ticket sales are more than 700 ahead of this point last year, with August traditionally being the strongest month for sales.
The official continued that he expects the Sept. 13 game with Mississippi State to sell out the 40,000 seats at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
“Single-game tickets have not been made available to the general public yet, but considering the amount of calls from our Gulf Coast region Jag fans asking for tickets, the allotment of tickets Mississippi State athletics asked for and have sold through their office – combined with it being Family Weekend for current students – it should provide for a record crowd,” he said.
For ticket information, call 251-461-1USA (1872).
Boys of summer
Former Jaguar baseball player Jordan Patterson was recently named the Player of the Month in the South Atlantic League.
Patterson is in his first full professional season with the Asheville Tourists, a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He led the SAL in hits (37) and slugging percentage (.659), while ranking second in the league in batting average (.407) and doubles (11) last month.
“I started off really slow the first month-and-a-half of the season,” Patterson said. “I never could really get it going. I wasn’t consistent. I eventually started swinging it better once some things evolved for me at the plate.”
For the season, the Mobile native is hitting .279 with 18 doubles, nine home runs, 45 runs batted in, 48 runs scores and 16 stolen bases.
His dream is to follow other former Jaguar stars into the Major Leagues. There are currently nine USA standouts playing professionally, including Adam Lind (.328, 16 doubles) with the Toronto Blue Jays and David Freese (.253, 10 doubles) with the Los Angeles Angels.
Along with Patterson, in the minors are Dylan Stamey, a teammate in Asheville; Kyle Bartsch, Wilmington Blue Rocks; Nolan Earley, Kannapolis Intimidators; Adam Heisler, Winston-Salem Dash; and Locke St. John, Gulf Coast Tigers.