Color Run FAQs

Read these tips and answers to frequently asked questions about our annual color run!



You’ll want your memories of the color run to stay with you forever. But if you want the color to wash out of your hair and skin ASAP, here are a few tips . . .


  • Oiling your hair well on race morning will make it easier to wash out the color later. Coconut oil or olive oil work best. A good leave-in conditioner will do the trick as well. This is a particularly useful tip for runners with light colored or highlighted hair.
  • Many runners wear a thick scarf or bandana to cover their hair. Others use the bandana to cover their mouth as they run through the color zones or to help wash off after the race.
  • Wear a good sunscreen and lip balm.
  • We suggest some form of eyewear. Some people wear sunglasses or swim goggles.
  • Though the color will eventually wash out of just about everything, you may not want to bring your $500 running shoes or your white suede pants.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that cover you up to protect maximum parts of your body from colors.
  • If you’re worried about possible temporary stains on skin, apply oil based moisturizer/baby oil all over the body to prevent the color from affecting your skin directly. In addition, you can apply Vaseline/petroleum jelly around your nails, feet, elbows and behind your ears to prevent color-clogging and permanent staining.


  • Dust off as much dry powder as you can before you apply any water.
  • Cleaning your hair: dust any loose powder out of your hair. Rinse out the oil/conditioner you wisely applied before the race with cold water. Most of the color should come right out. Now wash your hair as you normally would. It is not uncommon for hints of some of the color, pink and purple particularly, to stick around for a few washes. Wear it like a badge of honor.
  • The color is probably not coming all the way out of your white cotton shirt. You should be proud of that. But just about everything else should clean up fine. Remove all excess powder before adding water. Wash your Color Run gear separately with COLD water. Oxiclean or a similar product will work wonders on your running equipment.
  • Finally, a change of clothes and a towel for your car for the ride home will keep your car clean.
  • Do not rub hard while applying or removing colors.
  • Avoid very hot water. Instead, use lukewarm or cold water and a mild soap to rinse off any color.


How long is the run and is it timed? The 5k is 3.1 miles and will be timed. The color fun run is a mile long. It is not timed. You can walk or run, but you’ll want to slow down when the color is being thrown.

Can I run with a jogging stroller and my kids? Yes. All kiddos 5 and under can run with an adult FREE of charge and do not need to register.

Can I run with my dog/cat/turtle? For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals.

Is there an age limit for younger runners? No age limits! If they can cover (running, jogging, walking, strolling) the one mile course, they can absolutely participate.

Is there a packet pick up for the event? How does all that work? Yes. The packet will be available at the registration table in the MacDonald-Ruff Ice Rink.

Is the color safe? Yes. The color powder used is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. 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 Color Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.

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. If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it. If you wash your shirt….the color will eventually come out. 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.

What if I am pregnant? It’s totally up to what you and your doctor decide. The powder is all certified non-toxic. We recommend wearing sunglasses or goggles, and a bandana over your mouth and nose in the color zones just for extra protection.

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