Do I need to be some high performing runner to do this?
Oh my goodness, NO. There are plenty of other great 5k’s out there to test speed and performance.This color dash is all about fun & resources, in color crazy day with friends and family to raise funds for Cancer & Diabetes. You can run, walk, wheelchair, stroller, crawl, or cartwheel if you wish!
Is The Run timed?
The 5K Run/Walk in Color isn’t a timed event. Runners tend to take their sweet time out there and
we’ve realized no one really cares about their speed. We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a
How strict is the “white clothing dress code” for the start of the
We ask that you wear the white T-shirt that comes with your registration package, inside your goodie
bag or you can purchase additional ones from CCD Foundation store. As long as runners wear
mostly white, you are totally good. Include team logos and any other image you see fit. It is really
just more fun to “Run” starting in white and end well colored.
How does the Start Chute work?
The start chute will open 10 minutes before the run commences. We will then let everyone onto the
course in waves of approx. 500-800 every 3-6 minutes. We do suggest any serious runners make
their way into the chute early so they can be among the first group to enter the course.
How do the post-race Color Throws work?
At the Finish Festival, the crowd will do a color throw approx. every 15 minutes to welcome new
runners coming in. You will receive one packet at the finish line and more can be purchased in the
Finish Festival area once you have finished the run.
Can I take photos or film at the event?
The Run/Walk in colors is a great way to get great visuals for your memories, Instagram, Facebook page or
maybe you even take your photography more seriously and are wanting to prepare a portfolio. We
welcome anyone to photograph or film at our event for PERSONAL use only. We DO NOT accredit
anyone other than limited official media. So please, come along, enjoy the event and take shots until
your colorful heart is content.
What is included with my 5K Run/Walk in Color registration?
Runners will receive a custom printed “Goodie Bag,” with the following contents, official CCD
Foundation run/walk white T-shirt, race number, CCD Foundation 5K Run in Color Headband and
CCD Foundation 5K Run in Color Wristband. Finish the 5K run/walk and receive a Medal. You will
also get a packet of color as you heroically cross the finish line.
What do children who are 5 or under receive with their FREE
Children who are 5 or under receive a free entry, they will receive a race bib. Children are welcome
to wear their own white T-shirt or costume!
Is there an age limit for younger runners?
No age limits:) If they can run, walk, or stroll the 5K course, they can absolutely participate.
Can spectators attend the post-race Finish Festival?
Absolutely. We will have The Color Run powder packets available first come/first serve for everyone
to purchase for $3 each or 4 for $10. You may want to warn them though… they will not come out of
The Color Run Finish Festival clean!
Am I able to receive a refund?
Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds when the event goes ahead. The logistics of setting up and
planning the event make it impossible. Please make sure you are good to go before signing up. If for
some reason you can’t make it to race day, you’re welcome to transfer your registration over to
How can I transfer my registration?
To transfer your registration, simply ‘Give away the registration to anyone you choose. The new
participant will show up on run day to complete the registration in their name and pay the $5 transfer
fee (excl. processing fee). And just like that, your registration has been transferred!
Am I able to transfer my registration over to another city/event?
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to transfer your registration over to another city or event.
Instead we suggest you transfer your registration over to somebody else and purchase a ticket for
the city/event you would like to attend.
PACKET PICK UP
What is packet pick up? How does all that work?
Once you have registered for CCD Foundation 5K Run/Walk in colors event You will need to attend
packet pick up day prior to the event, to pick up your race kit.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, just bring along their ticket with you to Packet Pick Up.
How can I retrieve a copy of my confirmation email/check in
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our customer service representatives will look up your
Can I have my event kit delivered?
Yes, just send CCD Foundation an email to: email@example.com Attn: Customer Service
Dept. requesting your event kit be delivered by US mail. Be sure to include your name, and complete
address. Postage is an additional $12.65 per person. Event kits will be delivered to the address
listed during your registration. NOTE: Postage closes 4 weeks prior to the event so you must register
before this date.
When should I expect my event kit?
Your event kit will arrive approximately 5-10 days prior to the event. Make sure you check out the
‘Postage’ section on your city’s webpage to find the exact dates you can expect to receive your
Can I edit my address after registering?
Yes. Any changes to your address must be made 4 weeks prior to the event. To update your
address or any other details email CCD Foundation customer service dept. at:
firstname.lastname@example.org requesting changes to your address. NOTE: There is a $500 fee.
Is there a delivery by US Mail cut off?
Yes, you will need to ensure you register at least 4 weeks prior to the event to be eligible for US Mail
delivery. After this time, you will need to collect your event kit from Packet Pick Up.
How do I add postage onto my registration after registering?
To request US Mail delivery after you have registered online, email CCD Foundation customer
service dept. at: email@example.com requesting delivery by US Mail. NOTE: There is a $5.00
fee plus, $12.95 postage added onto your registration. You must include your name and complete
address. Don’t forget postage closes 4 weeks prior to the event.
Can I run with a jogging stroller and my kids?
Yes, all kids 5 and under can run with an adult FREE of charge!
Is the course wheel-chair friendly?
Yes, all 5K Run in Color courses are wheel-chair accessible, so everyone can enjoy the 5K
Run/Walk. Many of our events are on grass however, we suggest an all-terrain wheelchair or to
bring a friend along who will be able to help you through trickier parts of the course.
Can I bring my scooter or bike?
Unfortunately, due to safety reasons, no bikes or scooters allowed, the only wheels we allow at our
events are prams and wheelchairs. Sorry!
Can I run with my dog?
Sorry, NO DOGS or fury friends at any of our events.
Is water supplied?
We encourage all Color Runners to bring a bottle of water with them to keep hydrated. There will be
fill up points within the village for you to top your bottle up. We will also have a water station roughly
half way along the course and all participants receive a bottle of water as they cross the finish line.
How is the color administered?
You will see smiling faces along the course with their main goal being to douse you in colorful
powder to ensure you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish
You can be sure!! Teenagers with paint ball guns are not involved at any point?
at any point?
Yes. We are 100% sure, no paint ball guns!
What is the color made from? Does it stain?
The colored powder we use is made from corn-starch and natural food dyes. It will wash out of your
clothes, however we suggest you leave your designer gear at home! Only wear what you’re willing to
Will the color stain my hair?
The colored powder does wash out of your hair, however we do recommend you take precautions if
you’re worried! The color does tend to stick to lighter hair… Blondes you are warned! Oiling your hair
before the run will help the color wash out. If you’re having trouble washing it after the event, bi-carb
soda and anti-dandruff shampoo will help get the stubborn color out! We do not take any
responsibility for additional costs associated with the removal of color.
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 colored.
How do I preserve those precious colors in my shirt?!
If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar, let it dry and then
iron it. But if you wash it, eventually it will come out.
Will the Color Powder “Color Zones” affect runner vision? Or
The color powder used at CCD Foundation 5K Run/Walk event is certified non-toxic and free of any
heavy material. Our bright colors are cornstarch and FD&C dyes. Our fabulous shine powder is more
like make-up and is completely safe. When precisely thrown on the lower half of your body the eyes,
nose and ears are avoided. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our
color throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by. Some Runner opt to wear glasses or goggles
for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.
Do you have “cleaning stations” at the finish festival?
We suggest participants bring small face towels to clean up. In some events we provide air blown
cleaning zone within the festival area. With a good dusting off, you aren’t 100% clean, but you are
totally good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still colored up around town
after the 5K Run/Walk in color event.
How does the color affect the inside of cars?
Most people bring some towels for the insides of their cars, just in case. It’s like driving home from
the swimming pool in your swimsuit.
Are cameras and phones safe to have in the color zones?
Our race photographers are totally fine shooting from a medium distance (10-15 meters). If you want
to get shots right in the midst of the run in color, we recommend covering cameras/phones with glad
wrap or placing your phone in a zip lock bag.
How does a “Color Team” work compared with a solo runner?
Pretty simple, you register individually. However, a team is 4+ friends running, laughing and dancing
through the course together. You get to pick a cool custom team name, anything from the ‘We put
the Gee in Green All-stars’ to ‘Color Me Pink’. You then get to run/walk together and “help” each
other get really colored up over the 5 color kilometers, just over 3.1 miles. There is no “relay”
component and team members can start/finish together as a unit or separately.
Who counts as a team member?
Any paid participant can be a team member this includes kids 6-12 years old. Unfortunately, children
5 and under do not count as team members, as they are a free entry. Remember a team must
consist of 4+ participants. Is there a maximum number of participants per team?
Nope! You can have as many team members as you like! You just need to have a minimum of 4 to
qualify as a team.
Is The 5K Run/Walk in Color a Charity Event?
The 5K Run/Walk in color is Presented by CCD Foundation Inc., a non -profit 501 (C) (3) charitable
organization. Our number one goal is to produce high quality “fundraiser” event to benefit cancer &
diabetes information resources.
What if I have a super sweet question that isn’t answered here?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will hook you up with an answer. If your question is
awesome enough, we might even publish it here on the official 5K Run/walk in Colors FAQS page.
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