The Color Run™ 5K

The Color Run™ is “The happiest 5k on the planet.”  A 5K race that celebrates individuality, happiness, health, and giving back to the community, it is an un-timed race in which participants become splattered with “paint” (colored cornstarch) throughout the course of the race. The Color Run™ has two rules: 1. Wear white at the starting line and 2. Finish plastered in color.
The Color Run™ takes place on Saturday, September 21, at the Tacoma Dome. Registration fees for individuals are currently $45, and increase to $50 after August 1. Teams of 4 or more people (run or walk) are $40 per person, and $45 per person after August 1. The Color Run™ is a family and community event. Any age or fitness level is welcome at The Color Run™, and children age 5 and under can participate for free.

We were told by Jessica Nixon, public relations for The Color Run™, that at the end of the race there is a large Finish Festival. This festival is where participants celebrate the completion of the 5k with music, dancing, and of course, more chances to accent your rainbow splatter with “color throws.”

Travis Snyder, The Color Run™ Founder, explained: “I wanted to create an event that would encourage people to get out and run just for the fun of it. I wanted people to enjoy the community experience of running together, and I wanted to add something a little out of the ordinary to the race; something that could serve as a sort of visual reward for all the hard work these runners put into training for the event.”

It was interesting to find from Travis that, “The Color Run™ [events] have had more first time 5k runners that any other event in history. For most of these runners it will lead to more participation in fun runs and competitive events. We take a lot of satisfaction in the fact that our events lead people to have a more healthy and active lifestyle.” The Color Run™ holds 5K events throughout the country. This is the first one held in Tacoma.

Travis concluded: “Seeing how happy The Color Run™ has made all different kinds of people has been very rewarding. It really is an event for all fitness levels, ages and backgrounds. Our tag line is “The happiest 5k on the planet” for a reason. That line was created after seeing how happy it made people.”

For a map of the 5K course, you can go to the website:

Those that are interested in registering can register by visiting:

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for

Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for