If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for ways you can have some fun and maybe even get in some good exercise while you’re at it. The number of events that offer both fun and fitness have exploded in recent years, and one of the most popular events are local color races. If you’ve never participated in one of these fun run events, here is a quick overview of what you should know before you sign up.
What is a Color Race?
Every color race event is a little bit different depending on who’s organizing it, but generally speaking it will be a “fun run” where participants sign up to run, jog, or walk a 5K or 10K course and there are people stationed along the run or at the finish line to throw colored powder at the participants.
What should people wear?
Most people like to wear white so the colors of the powder stand out more. You can choose to wear anything that you would like, but white t-shirt and short are often the most recommended.
Do the colored powders stain clothes, hair, or cars?
Generally speaking the colored powders from places like Chameleon Colors are safe to use and will wash out, but it’s important to note that sometimes they can stain, so it’s best if you wear something that you don’t mind if it gets ruined. Before you get in a car or shower or put clothes in the wash, it’s best to aggressively shake off any excess powder that might be on your body, in your hair.
Does it hurt to inhale the colored powders?
Colored powders from Chameleon Colors are non-toxic, but that doesn’t mean they won’t cause irritation if it gets in your eyes or if you inhale it. The best option is to wear some type of eye protection as well as a bandana or dust mask over your mouth during the color race, and if you’re going to be the one throwing the colors, avoid throwing it in participants’ faces where it could get in eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do get some in your eyes and it’s bothering you, generally events will have an EMT or First Aid tent/station where you can rinse it out. Instead you can rub it in participants’ hair, cheeks, and clothing for maximum coverage and minimum risk. If you know that you have asthma, allergies, breathing or respiratory issues, or allergy to corn starch, it’s probably best to avoid color race events.
Color races are a great way to have some fun with your close friends and total strangers (who will probably become your friends), get some exercise, and have an excuse to get a little dirty. Check local activity websites to find out where the nearest event is to you, and get all your colored powder from Chameleon Colors.
So how do I throw a Color Race?
Whether you’re trying to raise money for charity, want to celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy running, organizing a color race can be a very exciting challenge. If you’re trying to put together a rainbow 5K, half marathon, or fun run, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Check Local Laws
First of all, make sure that you work closely with local authorities. They can help you learn about the rules and regulations your municipality might have for races and other large events. They often can help you with determining a location and a date, because the last thing you want is to find out the road you want to use will be closed. Depending on where you live, you may also have to get official approval for your race.
Get Registration Right
Also, be sure that you have a good registration system in place. People are more likely to sign up if you offer online registration, but nobody wants to get to the race and find out that their registration has been lost. If you’re going to offer same-day registration, make sure that you have enough staff so that they won’t be overwhelmed. Also decide on a registration fee; you don’t want it to be so high that people are discouraged from signing up, but you do want it to cover your costs (and make extra money, if you’re hosting a fundraiser).
Decide what will make your race special! Is it geared towards children? Does it have a holiday theme? One great option is to host a color race, where participants can be sprayed, sprinkled, or splashed with a variety of gorgeous colored powders and liquids. You can shake things up a bit by having a UV color race at night, or by color coordinating your powders to match team or corporate colors. Use your imagination! And if you want help planning an event or finding the right supplies, feel free to contact us here at Chameleon Colors.