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Painting the sky: Color run raises funds for student-founded nonprofit

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Colored powder is thrown in the air at the start of the 5K Color Run & 1K Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 14, at Forestview Middle School. The event was hosted by the Brainerd High School Yearbook and the benefits go to The Lighthouse Project. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BAXTER -- Ready … set … rainbow!

That’s how the race began Saturday, Sept. 14, at Forestview Middle School in Baxter -- with a colorful array drifting through the air after participants unleashed packets of color powder. Hosted by the Brainerd High School Yearbook Committee, the 5K and 1K color run events benefited The Lighthouse Project, a nonprofit seeking to improve mental health care and suicide prevention in the Brainerd school system. The organization got its start by classmates of Jake Happajoki, who died by suicide in February 2018.

Those who registered for the event received T-shirts and a packet of color powder, which helped the color run live up to its name.

The race coincided with National Suicide Prevention Month. If in a crisis or in need of help -- or know of someone who is -- call the Crisis Line and Referral Services at 218-828-HELP (4357) or 800-462-5525. The Crisis Line is answered by local, trained volunteers 24 hours a day. It is a free, anonymous and confidential service.

To contact the Crisis Text Line, text MN to 741741. For emergencies call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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