Community members support MayFest 5K Color Run

People of all ages took time early Saturday morning to support and volunteer during the MayFest 5K Color Run at the Ogletree Gap Park.

“Today’s event is all about raising money for child abuse prevention,” said Dennis Ayres, chairman for the event. “In Central Texas, we are in the 10 percent of our state and county that have the most cases of child abuse.

“We donate every penny we raise here today to the local organizations whose mission is to prevent child abuse,” he said.


Ayres explained that much of the money goes to local organizations who don’t receive any kind of government funding.

Aware Central Texas, the Hope Pregnancy Center, and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are among those benefiting from the day’s run.

A total of 69 runners and 40 volunteers participated this year and organizers hoped to bring in about $20,000 in proceeds, Ayres said.

Before the run, participants and their families were served tacos, cotton candy, bratwursts and drinks. A free photo booth was available and a raffle was held.

The color run was hosted by the Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove, a national organization dedicated to making communities better places to live.