FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the Color My College 5K all about?

The Color My College 5K is the most exciting thing to happen to color fun-runs since… well, since color!  This is so much more than a 5K – it’s the Ultimate Celebration of School Spirit!  Run, walk, or dance your way through our 5K course getting blasted with color along the way, then head to the Color My College After-Party for a color party of epic proportions!  If you love your college, you won’t want to miss the Color My College 5K!

Do I have to attend the college in order to participate in the Color My College 5K?

You sure don’t!  Unless specifically indicated, our events are open to the public.  There is no age limit and most kids run for FREE!  Also, college students with a valid ID from any school receive a discount on registration prices.  So bring the whole family!

How can I get Color My College to come to my school?

Want us to color your college?  We’d love to put together a custom package for your school or organization!  Just click here or contact us to reach one of our booking specialists! 

How much does it cost?

Event prices vary, so be sure to check your event’s page for more info.  Most kids are free!  And since we know how hard it can be to live off Ramen noodles, Color My College offers a discounted rate to all college students with a valid I.D.

What comes with my registration?

Did someone say FREE stuff?  We did!  Your registration for the Color My College 5K comes with a ton of great swag, including the following:

– A Color My College logo tee, all pristine and white, just waiting to get blasted with color!

– A packet of our premium color powder (which might help with the t-shirt situation…)

– A Color My College tattoo (don’t worry, mom, it’s temporary!)

– Our *new* Color My College eye black stickers, to take your fashion to a whole new level!

– A Color My College race bib, to prove that you are a legit 5K runner!

– Plus other fun freebies that vary by location!  Check out your event page for more details!

Still wanting more?  Additional Color My College merchandise (headbands, sunglasses, tutus and more!) is available online during checkout.  Also, be sure to stay tuned to our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds for the chance to win FREE Color My College gear!

I have the endurance and speed of a sloth. Will this be the run for me?

Absolutely! With this being a FUN run, you can run, walk, crawl, or dance your way through the course.  It’s not timed, so take your time.  If you have legs (or even if you don’t) and an unquenchable amount of school pride, then you’re ready to rock this run!

Where do I pick up my race packet and online purchases?

Color My College will schedule one or more Packet Pick-Up Parties in advance of your scheduled race so that you can pick up your t-shirt, race bib, race packet, and any online purchases early and skip the lines on race day!  It’s also a great way to get all those procrastinator friends of yours to sign up before the day-of-race prices kick in.  Plus, there will be Color My College merch for sale, so you can step up your race day look and show your team spirit with tutus, headbands, sunglasses, and other sweet accessories! 

When should I get there on race day?

On the day of the run, plan to show up about an hour before race time to allow yourself plenty of time to park and make your way to the starting line.  If you still need to pick up your race packet or have not yet registered, you may want to arrive even earlier.  The Color My College Pre-Party will begin an hour before the race with music, fun contests, and prizes.  The first wave of runners will leave the starting gate promptly at race time, with each subsequent wave launching about every five to ten minutes.  You’ll receive a Race Guide by e-mail in advance of the event for all the important information you’ll need for your specific event.  Check your event page for more info!

Can I still register on race day?

Only if we’re not sold out! Remember, registering early not only ensures your spot at this awesome event, but it also saves you money! Prices go up as the race gets closer, so don’t delay and register NOW!

What happens after the race?

While the race is a blast, we think that the real fun begins at the Color My College After-Party! Participants will head straight from the finish line to the Party Pit where our DJ and Color My College Crew will keep the party pumpin’ with music, freebies, color throws, color cannons, and more! That white t-shirt won’t stand a chance.

I can’t imagine a life without my phone or camera. Can I bring them?

Of course! Color My College will have professional photographers throughout the event, but you’re welcome to bring your own camera or phone to take photos. Just promise to blow up your social media pages and let everyone know what an awesome time you had at the Color My College 5K! If you do bring your phone or camera, however, you’ll want to be sure to keep your prized possession in a plastic bag in order to help protect it from the color. If you are a photographer and would like to attend our event, you are welcome to do so! Just be advised any photos you take may be used by Color My College for marketing and promotional purposes, with or without your written consent. By photographing our event, you acknowledge and agree to this condition.

What is this color stuff anyway?

The color powder used during the Color My College 5K is actually just corn starch dyed with food- and cosmetic-grade dyes, made right here in the USA. It’s 100% non-toxic, but is not recommended for consumption.

Will the color stain my skin or clothing?

For the most part, the dry color powder will just brush off, but for those die-hard fans out there who get really covered, especially if you get wet or sweaty, it is going to take some soap and water to get the color out. You may see some residual color on your clothes if your school’s colors are particularly dark or bold. If you’re concerned about the potential for staining, avoid light-colored clothing, and leave your grandma’s heirloom wedding dress at home.

Does any portion of my registration go to charity?

Yes. Color My College works closely with each university to select a charity that is important to the college community, and donates a portion of every registration to that cause. Check your event’s registration page to see what charity your registration will benefit. We love hearing about new ways to help our college communities, so if you are with a charitable organization that would like to get more involved, or if you are interested in helping to coordinate a Color My College 5K in your area, contact us.

Can I volunteer for the Color My College 5K?

Absolutely! Whether you need some volunteer hours for your club or organization or are you just excited about throwing color, sign up to be a part of our College Color Volunteer Crew and we’ll make sure this is the most fun you’ve ever had volunteering! Go to your event’s page and click the “Volunteer” button to register online. If you’re with an organization or charity that is interested in getting more involved, contact us.

I’ve already registered, but I’m not able to make it to the event now. Can I get a refund?

Due to logistical issues and just the sheer amount of planning involved in an event like this, it is not possible to issue any refunds. You may, however, transfer your entry to someone else. If you are a student, the party to whom you transfer your registration will still be held to the student ID requirements, or will have to pay the difference for a non-student registration.

What happens if there’s bad weather on race day?

The Color My College 5K is a rain or shine event! However, in the case of severe inclement weather, including thunderstorms, the event may be delayed, rescheduled, or even cancelled. All participants will be kept advised through e-mail, our website, and social media of any changes to the event details prior to the race.

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