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Join DanceBlue for the Color Me Blue 5K

Runners after last year's DanceBlue Color Me Blue 5K. Photo courtesy of UK DanceBlue.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2023)  Registration for the 2023 DanceBlue 5K is open! The event will take place 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The course runs through the University of Kentucky campus, with runners passing by the DanceBlue Clinic. Registration is open until Oct. 5 and is $30 for students and $50 for community members. Click here to register.

Students and community members will be showered with DanceBlue-colored powdered paint as they run/walk in support of the kids and families in the DanceBlue Clinic. For students interested in participating in DanceBlue’s 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon, the DB5K is a great way to earn spirit points and get involved in DanceBlue’s fundraising efforts. This is an amazing opportunity to come together with friends and family in support of the DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

For those who cannot join in-person, DanceBlue is offering a virtual DanceBlue DB5K option. If you are unable to join us, consider gifting a registration to a student or community member who would enjoy the 5K.

For more information regarding pack pick-up or other registration details for the DanceBlue DB5K, visit the 5K page. Please contact Lakin Puckett, DanceBlue operations chair, at with any further questions.

DanceBlue is a registered student organization at the University of Kentucky that works tirelessly all year, every year, to raise money for the kids! DanceBlue fundraises year-round and culminates in a 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. The organization raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer while supporting patients and families affected by it. Funds raised help provide financial and emotional support to families in the DanceBlue clinic, as well as pediatric oncology research in hopes of one day finding a cure.

For more information about DanceBlue and how to support its mission, please visit and connect with DanceBlue on Instagram, Facebook and X.

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