FORT HOOD — An explosion of color splattered more than 4,100 runners at the post’s first-ever Color Run Independence Day 5k Run/Walk at Harvey Functional Fitness Center on Friday.

Stations along the route showered runners of all ages with a different color dust from head to toe, instantly turning everyone into smiling, happy kaleidoscopes.

Jade Coleman, marketing specialist with Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, was shocked at the huge turnout.

“It’s the biggest run in the history of Fort Hood, but the more the merrier, because it’s a wonderful way to celebrate our great nation,” she said.

After the runners crossed the finish line beneath a red, white and blue arch, they enjoyed dancing, plenty of water and fresh fruit. Running in her first 5K, Kathy Morgan, 18, thought about her dad, who recently returned to Afghanistan after a one-year deployment. “Being here makes me feel closer to him because I’m surrounded by my Army family,” she said.

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