Why Everyone Should Participate in a Color Run

If you have never actually participated in a color run, chances are you have at least heard of it. If you are unfamiliar, a color run is a 5k run (about 3.1 miles) and as you run the course, each checkpoint, that usually is equivalent to a kilometer you complete, a different colored powder is thrown on you as you are running through said checkpoint. Now, this may sound a little crazy, but actually participating in a color run is one of the most fun experiences that you will have running.

I would recommend taking before and after pictures so you can see how much color you have acquired throughout the race!

If you do not like to run, fear not! One of the best parts about color runs, especially if they are being put together by a local business or school, is that unlike many other 5k’s, a color run is more about fun, friends and family than being the first one to cross the finish line.

All ages are welcome and can participate equally. Many people will sign up and walk the route because, like I mentioned before, IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!


Color runs are built to be less competitive and more fun that races that would require a little more training. Many color runs do designate the top runners and may or may not give prizes based on this, but 2 out of the 3 that I have personally completed did not award any prizes or honors.


If you are a more competitive person, another fun aspect of a color run is that you can participate with your friends or family. The second color run I participated in, my sister and I decided to compete against one another to see who would finish first (I did!) and it was so much fun to have that healthy competition to keep you going.

Another aspect that makes color runs fun is the dress. Because you are getting color thrown on you a few times throughout the race, you want to wear something that will allow the color to show. Many races provide white t-shirts with your registration fee. Some people like to go all out and wear all white, crazy colored tutus or socks. The crazier the dress the more fun you will have with the color!

When the final runner crosses the finish line, each runner gets either a handful or a bag of the colored powder and everyone who participated in the race throws all of the color into the air at one time. I would recommend holding your breath during this, but the result is an amazing cloud of color!


If you are interested in participating in a color run visit: Click Here for the Color Run website or check your local news outlets.

(I am not affiliated with The Color Run, opinions are all my own)

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