Few organizations better embody selfless philanthropy than the Southlake Foundation, whose work knows no bounds. In that spirit, the group’s April 16 United We Run celebration promises to bring together people from throughout the area to run for a great cause.

And get doused in harmless organic powder.

“Last year, we ordered 700 pounds of [colored powder],” said Southlake Foundation’s Kush Rao. “This year we ordered 1,000 pounds; we shouldn’t run out.”

This year marks the second year that the group has held the event, which began as a way to bring people together following the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the 5K run, participants can listen to live music, dance on the stage at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq, grab a bite from the food trucks, or take part in throwing dyed powder at the runners from one of the many throwing stations along the running path. A number of local vendors will also have booths. The idea for the run comes from the Hindu holiday Holi or festival of colors.

The event was a huge success last year, with hundreds of participants, said Rao. He’s hopeful that the 2022 event is even more popular, as people come out to have fun and raise money for the Carroll Education Foundation (CEF), which helps fund teachers’ salaries in the district.

Tickets are $15 for runners, but the event is free and open to the public. United We Run takes place at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 2 pm. Visit Southlake Foundation to register.