Kilt run and walk funds scholarships, charities

Hundreds of people dressed in green raced Saturday March 21 to help raise funds for Fort Wayne scholarships and charities.
Firefighters used eco-friendly dye to make the St. Mary's River in Fort Wayne green.
Firefighters used eco-friendly dye to make the St. Mary’s River in Fort Wayne green.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continued Saturday with the annual 5-Kilt run and walk through downtown. Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters put on the event once again, which raises money for local scholarships and charities.

Starting at the corner of Superior and Calhoun Streets, hundreds of people all decked out in green ran along Main Street, through Bloomingdale Park, next to the St. Mary’s River and ended at the Wells Street Bridge. Nearly 700 people registered for the race this year.

The festivities didn’t stop at the finish line, though. The Get Green tradition continued with the annual river greening. Firefighters used hoses on the Wells Street bridge to spray more than 35 gallons of eco-friendly dye into the St. Mary’s River.

This was the 15th year for the Get Green Festival.

Get Green was a little different this year and there will now be another new festival this fall. Fire Fest will be September 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Wells Street Corridor. There will be a fire simulation, kids zone and other activities. More details about Fire Fest will be released later.

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