The Mabel-Canton junior class will be holding a new fundraiser this Saturday after obtaining approval from both the Mabel-Canton School Board and Mabel City Council. The students will be hosting the first annual Cougar Color Splash 5K Run and Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. at Mabel's Steam Engine Park.

Because the school board approves all fundraisers held by student classes and organizations, the junior class first had to obtain permission to do this fundraiser instead of some of the others the students had held in the past. That approval was given at the school board's September meeting.

Then, the junior class officers, Jon Selness, Ashlyn Dahl, Danielle Graves, and Sara Vettleson-Trutza, along with their advisor, Paul Tollefsrud, approached the city council in September and received permission to use the Steam Engine Grounds for the start and finish of the race. They also asked to utilize some of the city streets for the route, which was still being developed at the time. The council approved the students' request and council members voiced their support for the fundraiser.

According to the students, the racecourse will use city streets north out of the park and east to County Road 28, circling back into Mabel from the south and back to Steam Engine Park.

While the racers will be timed, it will not be an official race. Both runners and walkers are welcome and families are welcome to bring children in strollers as well.

What makes the race special is the addition of color. Participants in the run/walk will be blasted with different colors as they progress along the route and will be adorned with a rainbow of colors as they cross the finish line.

Participants will receive post race refreshments and T-shirts may be available, depending on demand.

If one registers by Friday, Oct. 18, the fee is $20. Race Day registration is $25 and ends at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. To register, one may call the Mabel-Canton school at (507) 493-5422.