Color Run FAQ

What is the inspiration behind The Color Run?

The Color Run is the first paint race of its kind and was inspired by several awesome events, including Disney’s World of Color, Paint Parties, Mud Runs, and festivals throughout the world such as Holi.  We wanted to create a less stressful and untimed running environment that is more about health and happiness! We hope that The Color Run can act as a catalyst to inspire continual healthy living.

Can children participate?

On one condition, if you are prepared to be one of the hippest moms/dads on the planet! If they can cover (running, jogging, walking, or strolling) the three miles of The Color Run course, they can absolutely participate in The Color Run!

Can I run with my dog/cat/turtle?

For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals at any of our races 

How do I get my participant kit? How does that work?

Details on when and where the Check-In Party will be are posted to the city event page during the week of the race as well as emailed to all registered runners approximately 10 days before the event.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

You bet! As long as you send them with a printed or electronic copy of your confirmation email!

How is the color administered along the course?

You will see smiling faces along the course whose main goal is to douse you in colorful powder to ensure that you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line.

Is The Color Run safe?

The health and safety of our participants and our employees has always been at the forefront of our minds and actions. As a professional events company with highly vetted policies and processes, we conduct thorough testing to ensure the safety of our materials and their application. The Color Run has hosted more than 500 global events with more than four million participants and is committed to staging safe and secure events.

How do the post-race color throws work?

At the Finish Festival, the crowd will be involved in a color throw every 15 minutes to welcome new runners coming in. We provide one bag of color for each runner as you cross the finish line and more packets can be purchased on race day.

Will the color ruin clothes or running shoes?

The color does mostly wash out after the event. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful. For FULL color cleaning ideas and tips, check THIS LINK out!

Do you have a cleaning station at the finish after party?

We have air blown color cleaning at the finish line. With a good dusting off, you aren’t 100% clean, but you are good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still colorful around town after The Color Run event.  It is like a badge of honor!

How does the color affect the inside of cars?

Most people bring some towels for the insides of their cars, or a change of clothes just in case.

Can spectators attend the post-race Finish Festival?

Absolutely. We do have a short cut to get to the Finish Festival (about half a mile) for spectators to see the finish line. We will have The Color Run powder packets available first come/first serve for everyone to purchase at The Color Run Store. You may want to warn them though they ain’t coming out of The Color Run party clean!

Are cameras and phones safe to have in the color zones?

Our race photographers are generally fine shooting from a medium distance of 50 feet, but to be totally safe we always recommend covering cameras/phones with a protective dust wrap. Those colorful powder particles are sneaky and Baiting Hollow Scout Camp is not liable for any damage that might be done to your camera!

Is The Color Run timed?

The Color Run 5k is not a timed event. Runners tend to take their sweet time out there and we realized no one really cares about their speed  We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.

What happens if there is bad weather?

A little rain won’t stop The Happiest 5k! It even makes the color brighter! If there are major weather warnings in your city during the weekend of the event, and stay tuned for emails with updates.

In the event that severe weather does threaten the event, we have prepared some weather cancellation policies and guidelines.

What if I have a super sweet question that isn’t answered here?

Please email Nivea.Pierre@Scouting.org to contact us and we will get back to you with an answer. If your question is awesome enough, we might even publish it right here on the official The Color Run page.