This past Saturday, the Colby Volunteer Center collaborated with Hardy Girls Healthy Women to bring the annual Freaky 5K Run and Walk to Mayflower Hill to Mayflower Hill. 110 Colby Students joined with 104 community members to raise close to $12,000 to support Hardy Girls cause of empowering young women and encouraging them to live healthy lives.

Though the race took place early on a bleak Saturday morning, Colby kids rose to the occasion, bringing their enthusiasm and creativity to the event. The women’s lacrosse team, dressed as Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatian gang gathered the largest team (13 people) and won the prize for most creative costumes, as judged by Jed Wartman in Campus Life and other prominent members of the Waterville community. The Women’s XC team also participated, sneaking around the course so quickly, it is no wonder they were dressed as ninjas.

The race began at 10 AM, as fairies, whoopee cushions, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) alike took off from in front of Diamond. Less than 16 minutes later the first runners made their way up Mayflower Hill, completing the last stretch of the course now known as Heartbreak Hill. Everyone finished the race strong and headed back to the Athletic Center to partake in some Halloween goodies while being serenaded by two of Colby’s a cappella groups: EVE and the Colbyettes.

The morning ended with awards, with some of Colby’s own getting prizes for being the fastest runners. It was a spectacularly spooky and exciting event. To see footage click here. For the rest of the photo album go to check out our Snapfish album by clicking here.