Color Run splashing through Tempe

January 19, 2013 by  

The second annual 5K ‘Color Run’ is about to take place in downtown Tempe.

On Saturday, January 26, area residents of all ages and athletic abilities will have the chance to sprint, jog, or walk in this unique event. The organizers of the marathon are likely using the services of a print company to prepare flyers, banners, and badges for the participants.

The Color Run is a rapidly growing phenomenon across the United States. Because it aims to foster fun rather than competition, entrants are neither timed nor ranked as they move toward the finish line. They are only asked to arrive at the event in white T-shirts and be prepared for volunteers to spray them with a different color at each kilometer. The colors are made of cornstarch and are completely non-toxic.

This year, Tempe’s Color Run will benefit Special Olympics arizona and Banner Health. Those interested in participating may sign up as individuals or as teams of at least four people. The registration fee is currently $55 for single participants and $50 per person for those attending in groups. Children under five will be admitted free. Each entrant will receive a running headband, color packet, and commemorative T-shirt.

The Color Run will begin at 80 West Rio Salado Parkway. Participants may start running or walking at 7:30 am, 8:10 am, or 8:45 am. Those driving to the event, as well as other motorists in the area, should be aware that Exit 7 on State Route 202 will be closed between 6:30 am and 11:00 am on the day of the race.