Runners and walkers will help brighten activities at Gahanna Middle School South this school year by participating in the second ColorSplash 5K at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

Runners and walkers will help brighten activities at Gahanna Middle School South this school year by participating in the second ColorSplash 5K at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

South PTO president Honey Whalen said the ColorSplash is a 5K run around the streets of Hunters Ridge.

It's a community event that's open to the public and hosted by Middle School South, 349 Shady Spring Drive.

"Serious runners, speed walkers or kids riding their scooters are all invited to join us," Whalen said. "It is the main fundraiser for the South PTO, which raises funds to cover about half of our costs for the 2015-16 school year."

Participants may run, walk, ride a scooter or Rollerblade around the marked route and get color powder thrown at them along the way

"It is a fun way to break up a 5K race or great way to train for a longer race this fall," Whalen said. "This is just like the downtown Columbus Color Run, but we added a twist this year by adding the Fun Zone."

The Fun Zone will include bounce houses, face painting, balloon making, crafts, tug of war, an enormous Twister game, a photo booth, carnival games, an Engineering for Kids play area and a visit from the Mifflin Township Fire Department.

Cost is $35 per person and includes a Splash T-shirt and entry to the Fun Zone before and after the race. On race day the cost is $40. A ticket exclusively for the Fun Zone costs $10 per person.

The race begins at 6 p.m.

"We will also have five food trucks on site to purchase snacks or dinner, with a final color explosion taking place at 7:45 p.m.," Whalen said.

She said she hopes the event would bring 400 participants and generate about $10,000.

The funds will be used to support the school's renaissance program, technology, Garden Club, Fun Nights, dances, author visits, teacher classroom costs, the Character Counts Club, library, Chess Club, Gahanna Lincoln High School scholarship program, We The People program, student planners, sixth-grade orientation, dinner theater, field day and other activities.

"We are working with a $20,000 budget this year for South's students and staff," Whalen said.

South principal Robin Murdock said the school district has worked hard to promote fitness.

"We provide healthy lunches and snacks for our students and promote fitness and wellness in our staffs," Murdock said. "This event allows for both a positive fitness focus as well as the opportunity for community involvement, as opposed to selling cookies or other items."

The school organized a ColorSplash in fall 2014, when proceeds specifically benefited the physical-education program.

"We had about 300 participants and raised almost $4,000," Whalen said. "We went through an event-planning company last year and had to split the profit, so this event is planned, organized and run by our PTO members, and we will keep 100 percent of the profits."

Tickets for the fundraising event can be purchased online at GMSSColorSplash5k. eventbrite.com. Donations also may be made through the website.