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Race Highlight: The Color Run 5K

My husband and I recently participated in The Color Run, Kansas City. I’m sure if you are into running at all, you have probably heard of The Color Run. New race locations for this popular event seem to be popping up everywhere!

As a group, we thought it would be fun to share details about various races we run. I think The Color Run is a great place to start, so here we go…

What is The Color Run?

The Color Run is a 5K known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”. Less about skill and more about having fun, this race is all about getting colorful with your friends and fellow runners. At each kilometer of the event, participants will get doused with a powdery corn starch type mixture (safe and all natural). 1K is yellow, 2K is blue, 3k green, 4k pink and at 5K there is a huge color party!


If you plan on doing The Color Run as a serious runner, this might not be the race for you. The Color Run is not a timed event (there are no medals, timers or winners). Many people who are participating in The Color Run do it for fun… in fact, the number of walkers at the race we participated in far outweighed the number of runners. If you are impatient, get easily frustrated, and don’t like crowds, choose another run. Due to the huge popularity of The Color Run, you’ll find that the number of participants is quite large, so having some level of patience as you wait for your wave to be released is key.

With that said, The Color Run is an absolute blast. My husband and I had so much fun taking in all the activity going on around us. Yes it was crowded and no we couldn’t run the whole time because of that, but we had such a great time and the energy of this event was one of a kind.


  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the colored powder
  • Take your iPhone and take lots of pictures and videos! My phone had a normal Cuptakes case on it, and survived just fine. You will want to capture this experience!
  • Make it a group event… the more friends you have with you at this run, the more fun you’ll have! It’s one fun, giant party in the end.
  • Wear a plain white shirt and clothes you don’t mind getting “colorful”. My pants turned out fine (they were black) but my Notes to Self running socks will never be free of color:)That’s all right…gives them more character.
  • If you have any interest in signing up for The Color Run, check their schedule and be ready to register the moment they open. These events sell out really fast!

We loved The Color Run and are glad to have had an experience like this.

I’d love to hear about your experience if you’ve participated in The Color Run before. Share your pictures, stories and experience with The Red Faced Runners!

What do you think? Is The Color Run for you?

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Written by Kristen Doyle

Kristen Doyle

Kristen is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Kristen loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple. An avid reader, an almost runner, a horrible gardener, and the wife of an outstanding man, Kristen’s goal is to connect and create meaningful relationships with others. Connect with Kristen on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and through her blog at Dine & Dish.

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Stefanie - July 26, 2012 - 11:50 am

Sounds like a great race. I want to do it with all the women I work with. I checked my location is already sold out for 2013.

Kristen Doyle - July 26, 2012 - 11:58 am

Stefanie – Make sure to get on their waiting list. The first time I tried to sign up it was sold out within a few hours, but they ended up opening up another day so we were able to get in.

Becky (So Very Blessed) - July 26, 2012 - 4:46 pm

I am so excited to do one of these races! We’re hoping to get into the January race in Phoenix. It looks like a blast!

Kim - July 26, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Looks like it was a blast, Iam upset, the St Louis one is full. :( Maybe next year I will be on top of things and get registered earlier.

Lori @ RecipeGirl - July 27, 2012 - 10:56 am

I can’t wait to run the Color Run in San Diego! Seems like it will be great fun to run it with my 11 year old :)

Kate | Food Babbles - July 27, 2012 - 12:33 pm

This sounds like such a great event! I signed up for their mailing list. Hoping to make it to the event in NJ in September. What a blast! Thanks for telling us about it

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 29, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Missed the Portland one in June but hope to do next year, it looks so fun! I read a tip that if you really want the color to stick as a keepsake you should spray your shirt with vinegar and then iron it before the race. From the sound of your socks though, maybe you don’t have to :D

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 29, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Ooh, just found out I was totally wrong and the Portland one is Sept 29th and registration is still open!! Now to talk some friends into doing it with me!

bridget {bake at 350} - July 30, 2012 - 12:32 pm

I cannot wait to run the one in Houston!!! Thanks for the tips!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - August 2, 2012 - 5:20 pm

This looks like an absolute blast! Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to participate in one too.

Laura - August 4, 2012 - 9:05 am

I’m doing the Color Run tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI. I’m a little nervous (it’s my first “real” run, and I’m not that crazy about crowds), but I’m sure we’ll have blast!

Kristen Doyle - August 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

You will do GREAT Laura! Just be in the moment and soak it all in. KC had the largest Color Run there has been so far, so the crowds are probably not like that everywhere :) Let us know how it goes!

Courtney G. - August 4, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Thanks for a great review!! I signed up for the race in NJ with 5 of my friends. Cant wait to run the event!!

Kristen Doyle - August 5, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Oh fun – enjoy!!

Cate O'Malley - August 7, 2012 - 8:41 am

I’m doing the NYC Color Run with 4 girlfriends, and the Richmond, VA one with a friend and my kids – can’t wait!

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