Local kids ran through color as part of the Tulalip Tribes' fourth annual Say Something Color Run to kick off their Unity and Wellness Month.

The color run was held on Oct. 4.

The month is all about promoting positive mental health and preventing domestic violence, suicide, substance abuse and bullying in the community.

The Color Run is often the first event of the month and allows participants to run from the Tulalip Health Clinic to the Tulalip Youth Center and run through clouds of powdered color along the way.

“I think people like it because they just get to have fun and enjoy each other’s company,” said Jessica Bustad, who works with Tulalip Youth Services as a positive youth development manager.

She said the kids like to get splashed with color as they run along the road.

The Say Something Color Run is about getting people comfortable about talking about their problems.

“It’s about encouraging people to talk to other people. Say something if they’re having a hard time, say something if they know someone else is struggling,” said Bustad.

The turnout was pretty good this year, she said. “It’s going pretty good considering that it’s raining in different parts of Tulalip right now."

This year the event also served to support a Tulalip family who had tragedy strike that morning.

“We are supporting a local family whose house burned down this morning,” said Rochelle Lubbers, executive director of education for the Tulalip Tribes.

Community member Steven Williams said he appreciates the event.

“I thought it was pretty cool, especially as a fundraiser,” he said.

“It’s good how the community comes together for families like this,” he said.

The Tulalip Tribes have worked for the last four years to continue putting on Unity Month.

“Unity Month came out of the tragedy at M-P, to come together and move forward as one. We don’t need separation and division in our communities,” said Lubbers.

It was also a way to bring together the work of a lot of people in Tulalip.

“A few years ago we were talking about all of the different issues that were coming up in the community. We were focusing on bullying and another was focusing on domestic violence and another substance abuse, so we figured why not unite and promote all of the issues,” said Bustad.

The Tribes work with a number of organizations as well.

“I think what is special about this one is that it is a partnership with the Marysville School District and the city of Marysville,” said Lubbers.

“There are very few times that we get together as a community in a positive manner in the name of the unity,” she said.

The idea of the month is to promote positive communities.

“We want to promote healthy relationships within our community,” said Lubbers.

“There are specific reasons we are putting positive energy to keep those things out of our community: suicide, domestic violence, bullying,” she said.

The month continues with a Family Hope Rock Paint Night on Oct. 9 at the Don Hatch Youth Center at 5 p.m.

Speaker and former wrestler Marc Mero returns to  Marysville for a community night on Oct. 10 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School at 7 p.m.

A family movie night is scheduled for Oct. 16 and a coastal jam on Oct. 18 with locations to be determined for those events.

The Don Hatch Youth Center will also host Trick-or-Treating on Oct. 25 starting at 5 p.m.

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