Color Run – FAQs
Do I need to be Mo Farah to get involved in the Color run?
Absolutely NOT! There are plenty of other great 5k runs out there to test speed and performance. We’re all about a colour crazy day out with friends and family. You can run, walk, jog, skip, dance or cartwheel it if you wish!
Is there an age limit to take part in the Color run?
There are no age limits, if they can cover running, jogging, walking or strolling the 5kms of the course, they can absolutely do The Color Run! Anyone under 17 years old needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Is the Color run safe?
We use only the best Color powder for the Fun run which is 100% Biodegradable and won’t harm yourselves or the environment. The health of our participants and employees is always our top priority.
Will the Color powder stain my hair?
The coloured powder does wash out of your hair; however, we do recommend you take precautions if you are worried! The colour does tend to stick to lighter hair. Blondes you are warned! Oiling your hair before the run will help the colour wash out. If you’re having trouble washing it after the event, bi-carb soda and anti-dandruff shampoo will help get the more stubborn colour out!
Remember to look after your car too!
You went all out, you are covered in colour and if you do not take precautions, your car will be too. If you are driving or taking the tube, use your poncho or bring something (towels, plastic, rubbish bags, etc.) to cover the seats before you sit down.
Are there refunds?
If an event is held as advertised, we cannot issue refunds. The logistics of setting up and planning the event make it impossible.
What if I am pregnant?
It’s totally up to you and your doctor. We see a lot of pregnant runners at our races, and they’re the cutest ones out there!
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.
Can I take photos or film at the event?
The Color Run is the perfect event to get great visuals for your memories, Instagram, Facebook or maybe you even take your photography more seriously and want to prepare a portfolio. We welcome anyone to photograph or film at our event for PERSONAL use only. We DO NOT accredit anyone other than limited official media. So please, come along, enjoy the event and take shots until your colourful heart is content. Make sure you tag us in any pics! #advancingaberyswtyth #bobathwales #Abercolorrun
Can I bring my scooter or bike to the event?
Unfortunately, due to safety reasons, the only wheels we allow at our events are prams and wheelchairs. Sorry!
Is the Color Run timed?
No, this Color run is all about having fun so we aren’t worrying about timing this Happy 5K. We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.
Can I run with my dog/cat/rabbit/turtle?
Unfortunately for the safety of our animals and runners we do not allow any animals to be part of the day.
Can spectators get involved and watch?
Yes, we would love you to come and watch, there will be somewhere for spectators to stand and watch, you can also buy some color powder on the day and get involved with throwing it at the runners at each station too!
How is the Color Powder administered?
You will see smiling faces along the course whose main goal is to douse you with colourful powder to ensure that you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line!
Will the Color powder ruin my clothes and running shoes?
The colour mostly washes out after the event. However, as with anything dirty, the sooner the gear gets washed the better. Dust off all excess powder before washing with water. Wash your coloured gear separately and use cold water. We suggest wearing items that you would not mind getting colourful. If you would like to preserve the colour in your running shirt, we suggest spraying it with vinegar and ironing it when you get home. This is the most likely way the shirt will retain its colouring.
Will running through the Color zones affect my breathing or my vision?
The coloured powder used at the event is made from food-grade corn-starch. It is 100% natural and causes no harm to skin or the environment. The powder used in its events has been tested for flammability and successfully passed the required EU standards. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our colour 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.
How strict is the “Wear a white t-shirt” rule?
We will have white clothing police inspectors located throughout the event. You will be arrested and put in jail if more than 11.8% of your person is a color other than white just like at Wimbledon, honest!
Just kidding, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in to run, walk or skip around the 5k course.
Can I run with a pram and my kids?
On one condition, if you are prepared to be one of the hippest mums/dads on the planet!
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