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‘Color Me Wild’ color run

Hannah Steinhauer gets coated by blue dye during

Hannah Steinhauer gets coated by blue dye during a past “color run” held by the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays. The next is slated for Saturday, Sept. 20. Credit: Cheryl Steinhauer / Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

Despite the fact that the once-blazing summer sun has recently begun its transition into a less-powerful autumn version, one can still go outside most clear September days and catch a tan – but of course, medical professionals tend to warn against such a skin-damaging undertaking -- so why not go out and get blue instead? Or green, maybe red or a combination of striking tones?

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center (EAWRC) in Hampton Bays is going to make such an uncommon prospect of pigmentation a reality as it hosts its “Color Me Wild” fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20 starting at 9 a.m. A nonprofit organization that provides veterinary and rehabilitation services for injured wild animals, the EAWRC has put together this gathering that starts off as a 5K “fun run” (participants can jog, walk or run at their own pace) but finishes as a beach bash – and no worries about dressing for the after-party as all involved will most likely be somewhat festive in appearance by the time they arrive at the finish line.

As it turns out, this jaunt is also a “color run,” which entails being doused with dye by staffers at various stations throughout the route. Runners should consider wearing white clothes to pick up the hues and shades that will be flung their way – and the dye on this occasion will be an eco-friendly, plant-based powdered cornstarch – so regardless of how rainbow-like one turns out, their health, hair and clothes shouldn't be permanently affected.

Open to all ages, registration is $50 per person (children ages 10 and younger run free with an adult); the after-party will be held at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays (which is also the starting point) with DJ “Jamie from the Beach” mixing for the crowd. For more information or to register, visit EAWRC at or call 631-728-4200.

Tiana Beach: 90 Dune Rd, East Quogue, 631-728-8585

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