What is Color Me Rad all about?

What is Color Me Rad?
Color Me Rad is the most fun you’ll ever experience in a 5K! At the starting line you’re clean as a newborn baby, and some 3 miles later, you’ll be so coated with a rainbow of color that your own mother may not recognize you. At each color station (of which we boast eight!), a new dimension of powder or gel will paint your masterpiece. You’ll cross the finish line and into a final blitzkrieg of color.

Is there an age limit?
Would you put an age limit on radness? We welcome all ages, even those still in the cooker. Kids aged eight and older must register as adults (see Registration FAQ for more info), and all minor participants must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Do I have to be a runner?
You’re not Usain Bolt? Not even sure what a 5K means? No problem. There are thousands of competitive runs out there, but our main goal is washing you in color- the upward FitBit count is just an added bonus. Get through our fun run by sprinting, walking, skipping, or hitching a piggy back ride. We won’t judge.

Do you have a charity?
Color Me Rad is a for-profit business that believes in giving back to the community, so we donate a portion of our proceeds to our many charity partners. For more information on your local charity partner, visit the web page for your race location.

Is Color Me Rad safe?
The safety of our runners and employees has always been our top priority. Our color is certified non-toxic and is corn starch-based with food-grade dyes. As with any substance, you won’t want it in your eyes! All Color Me Rad volunteers receive strict instructions to throw color below the head, but as an extra precaution, many runners opt to wear sunglasses or goggles, and sometimes a bandana over the mouth and nose while passing through color stations.

Can I participate if I have medical issues or am pregnant?
Our color is non-toxic and corn starch-based. We want everyone to be as safe as possible, so if you are allergic to corn or food dye, participation in Color Me Rad is strictly off limits. If you are pregnant or have other health concerns, consult with your doctor.

This is my first 5K, what do I need to know?
Don’t be nervous! Your 5K isn’t timed, and there are no judgments for how long it takes you to finish the course. We’re a fun run, so if you can walk 3.1 miles, you are certified #rad material. Our recommendations: arrive 30- 45 mins early, lace up some comfortable shoes, and most importantly, wear whatever you’d like to see splashed in color! (White looks best- just keep in mind that whatever you’re wearing will likely remain dyed even after a wash!)

I’d like to be a sponsor or vendor, what should I do?
We’re always interested in partnering with sponsors and local vendors that add value to our events! We have vendor booth spaces and sponsorship packages available. If interested, please click HERE to fill out our form.


What’s included in my registration?
You’ll receive a 2017 Color Me Rad tour t-shirt, Phone case (whatever we end up calling it), a racing bib, a color bomb, and a RAD tattoo. And should you be so inclined, additional gear will be available for purchase at packet pick up and on race day to further enrobe yourself in radness.

How much does it cost?
See your local location page for current registration pricing. The earlier you register, the cheaper the cost!

Do you have a kids registration?
Kids aged eight and up must be registered as adults. Kids seven and under can run for free, but do not receive any participant swag (that’s the shirt, phone case, bib, tattoo, and color pack). If your child under seven would like the same perks, but junior sized, you can purchase the Kids Rad Pack (see your local registration page for price). All minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before they can participate. You can print one HERE, and should you forget (oops!) they will also be available at packet pick up.

I can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
Registrations are non-refundable, but fully transferrable. You can’t make it? Give your friend the gift of rad, or sell it to a complete stranger: it’s your life, our only advice is to be rad to each other.

How do I transfer my registration to someone else?
Login to your account HERE and modify the information (name, email, shirt size, etc) on your ticket to the new person. Yes, it really is that easy.

Can I change my start time?
No problem! Just login to your account HERE to edit your registration to any open wave time. Make sure you hit save before leaving the page!

When is the latest I can register?
Procrastinators, rejoice! You can register online up until the race date. Should there still be spots available, you can also register at the event. That said, the earlier you register, the cheaper your registration price, and some locations will sell out!

Packet Pick-Up

Where can I get my race packet?
Did you pay to have it shipped? If so, you’ll find it in your mailbox, perhaps on your front porch, or if someone else so kindly brought in the morning deliveries, on your kitchen table. If you didn’t pay for shipping, you can pick it up before the event at your local packet pick up. We’ll send you an email with all the details 1-2 weeks before your race date.

What if I paid for shipping?
You can expect your packet to arrive in the mail the week of the event. If you didn’t select packet delivery when you registered, there is currently no way to add it to your order afterwards. Please note that we ship all of the packets that were included with your original order to the address included, but if you add more registrations later on, you’ll also need to purchase packet delivery at that time for the additional registrations.

What if I can’t make it to packet pick up?
That whole cloning thing would really come in handy for moments like this, but don’t stress, someone else can pick up your packet for you, they just need your ticket (e-ticket counts too!) or information with them. If you don’t have any friends willing to help out, you may want to look into getting new friends, or a personal assistant. If those options aren’t 100% viable, we provide one final option: packet pick up on race day. This last resort is not without consequences, however, as lines tend to do an extendo trick on race day, so plan accordingly, and arrive at least an hour early.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes! What a treasured, selfless friend you must have. To pick up your packet, they just need your ticket or e-ticket. If you’re on a team, any member of your team can pick up for all of you, they just need each teammates’ ticket.

Event Day

What time should I arrive?
In a perfect world, we recommend you get there about 30 – 45 mins before your start time. This will give you wiggle room should you encounter traffic, choose to shop at the merch tent, or stretch out before the run. If your location utilizes shuttles, you’ll want to give yourself even more time. We’ll send you an email with updated details should your location require unique instructions!

What do I wear?
Our color appears most vibrant on a clean white backdrop. Make sure whatever you wear is eligible for a tie-dye, as staining is not uncommon. You’ll receive a Color Me Rad t-shirt with your registration, but we like to keep those as mementos for after the race. We’ll have lots of Rad-branded options available (including white tees, tanks, and tutus) for purchase at packet pick up!

Does the color come out?
The powdered color is washable, and should easily wash off of skin and out of hair. If you have light blonde hair or coarse hair, click HERE for tips for washing it out. The gel is more likely to stain clothing, and we don’t recommend scheduling a clean cut event like your wedding or the day you’re getting up on stage as prom queen for after the run. A quick Google search will get you tons of tips on how to get rid of the color or keep it!

What do I bring?
Bring the least amount of belongings necessary so that you don’t feel weighed down and can strictly focus on the color showering you from all sides- and documenting it. Necessities like a phone, the RAD phone cover case, a credit card, a towel or garbage bags to cover your car seats, and a water bottle (though we do have water stations!) are crucial. Not advised, or allowed? Pets, bikes, scooters, weapons, lighters… you know what’s good for you.

Can my family and friends come watch me as a spectator?
Definitely, we love supportive cheerleaders! Our only stipulation is that they stay off the actual running course- this is for their safety and also the safety of our runners. We have various forms of color for sale if they want to join in the color throws post-race and get messy with you.

Can I bring my phone or camera?
We highly encourage bringing your devices- just make sure they are well protected from the elements, i.e. splashes, clouds, and splats of color. Registration comes with a color guard protector case, but we won’t discriminate if you choose to use something more heavy duty. 

What about a selfie stick?
Your selfie stick is only welcome if you’re as big on your manners as you are on securing an optimal group photo. Your neighbors didn’t sign up for a stick in their face, and we don’t want anyone getting hit in the head, so please use your discretion.

Where do I park and is there a charge?
Check your location page to get all the details on parking. You’ll receive an email 1-2 weeks before the event with all the details, and if there are any traffic issues on event morning, we’ll alert you on the Facebook event page for your city.

Is there a bag check?
There is no bag check and there are no lockers. Our employees and volunteers are not responsible for babysitting purses, wallets, or a change of clothes. The best rule of thumb: if you don’t want it on your body during the run, leave it at home!

Is Color Me Rad timed?
There are thousands of competitive runs out there, but our main goal is washing you in color- not setting your new PR. Get through our fun run by sprinting, walking, skipping, or hitching a piggy back ride. We won’t judge.

Can I bring my pet dog, cat, or hamster?
We love your pets, which is why they aren’t allowed. For the safety of pets and all runners, please leave your furry/scaly/slimy/squawking friends at home. Participation will be prohibited should they tag along.

What if there’s bad weather?
You think a few storm clouds can stop the rad? Rain just brightens the colors! For more critical weather concerns (tornados, flooding, etc), check our Facebook event page for the most up to date info. If the weather is deemed dangerous by your event director or local authorities, we will email you with cancellation or postponement details.

Will there be anything there to buy?
We have a merch tent full of opportunity and rainbows. You can find it at packet pick up and on race day.

I lost something at the event, what do I do?
All lost items are taken to our check in tent. If you’ve already left the venue, you can email us at to help source any missing objects!

What if I have ADA needs?
Email us at with the city you’d like to participate in and your needs, and we’ll do our best to assist you!

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