Hundreds of Fort Belvoir children got a chance to start summer in a colorful way when Child and Youth Services hosted its 5th annual Color Fun Run, Saturday at the Golf Club. 

The event, sponsored and coordinated by MWR and CYS’s sports and fitness program, included youth athletes ages 4-16 who took on a series of obstacles amid clouds of colored powder applied by volunteers stationed at each challenge. Participants were hardly recognizable after crossing the finish line, covered from head to toe with every shade in the rainbow. 

The race drew a massive turnout of children and parents. 

“This is one of our biggest turnouts; we had 279 kids sign up,” said Julie Libert, CYS sports and fitness assistant director. 

“And, including the children who registered this morning, we had more than 350,” added George Dickson, Belvoir MWR director. 

“We even had 375 parents run today,” said Jerry Arrington, CYS sports and fitness director. “This was the first time we’ve had the run at the Golf Club and it was a true, two-mile course. Julie Libert did an outstanding job putting it all together.” 

The race tested runners on their endurance, physical strength and mental discipline on a two-mile course with a combination of trails, hills and obstacles. 

For information about sports and fitness opportunities on post, call Libert, 703-805-9138; or visit