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POC: MSgt Z. Thomas & Alt POC: SSgt L. Prince


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Pick out your best craziest outfit (the more white you wear the better).

Show up, RUN, Get COLOR BLASTED and Have FUN!

1) Decide if you want to run, walk, crawl, or cartwheel the course.

  • Please do not wear PT uniform. 
  • Be creative, get teams shirts made, make a tutu, or whatever you want to do
  • Open to Base Community-military, DOD civilians, & family members
  • No age limit
  • No pets

There will be two categories to win, Male & Female 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Color zones are designated along the course where “color bomb squads” splash colors of blue, green, purple, yellow and/or pink on participants.   The color bombs will be thrown at the start of the run, every kilometer after, and at the end of the run. Members will be lined up according to chalk times and will be led by a line up crew. Prizes will be given at the end of race or after all competitors have completed the run.

Color Run 5K Route Map:

Color Run 5k Route_Page_1

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a color run?
Color runs are the newest craze in 5k events.  According to Runner’s World, The Color RunTM is the largest 5k event series in the nation.  In 2012, this “lighthearted fun run” drew 600,000 participants, many of them new runners.[1]  And, its popularity has spawned other color run events such as Color Me Rad and the Color Vibe.

How does it work?
Runners/walkers begin the 5k (1.5-mile walk) in athletic/casual wear or costume, the whiter the better.  Color zones are designated along the course where “color bomb squads” splash colors of blue, green, purple, yellow and/or pink on participants.   The color bombs will be thrown at the start of the run, every kilometer after, and at the end of the run.   Runners start the event the color of a tall glass of milk, and cross the finish line like a bowl of Post Fruity PebblesTM.

What is the color made of?
The magical color powder, or “paint,” is custom manufactured and produced in the United States.  It is made from food grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process that has been custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series.  It is non-toxic, is 100% safe, and also biodegradable.

As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs.  If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for younger runners/walkers).

“Certified” color throwers will purposely aim low as you pass by, and “low color lanes” will be designated to offer a “lighter” color experience.  We will work hard to make it so runners get as much or as little color on them as they like.

How do the post-race color throws work?

At the Finish Festival, the crowd will be involved in a color throw every 10 minutes to welcome new runners coming in.  We will provide one bag of color in your race packet.

What will the color do to my clothes, shoes, or car?

The “color” does mostly wash out after the event.  As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better.  We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful.

Bring towels for the insides of their cars, just in case.  Or you could bring a change of clothes.  It’s like driving home from the swimming pool in your swimsuit.

NOTE: Please do not enter into any McConnell AFB facilities until you have gotten the magical fairy dust off of your person.

After The Color Run

You just ran the craziest 5k of your life!  Congratulations. You deserve a nap, but not quite yet. Take a few minutes to clean up or color might end up all over your house or base facilities.  Note: Please do not enter the base swimming pool or enter into any parts of the Dole Center for personal clean-up.  Dust off­ as much dry powder as you can before you apply any water.  Most of the color will evaporate like magical fairy dust.

Cleaning your hair: Dust any loose powder out of your hair and brush through your hair vigorously.  Rinse out the oil/conditioner you wisely applied before the race with COLD water. Now wash your hair as you normally would.  It is not uncommon for hints of some of the color, pink and purple particularly, to stick around for a few washes.  Wear it like a badge of honor.  Or wear a hat.  If your hair is still clinging on to the color, we’ve heard that a mixture of baking soda and blue Dawn dish soap can work wonders!

The color is probably not coming all the way out of your white cotton shirt. You should be proud of that!!  Remove all excess powder before adding water.  Wash your colorful running gear separately, with COLD water.  Shout will work wonders on your running equipment.

If the color doesn’t come out, consider yourself one of the lucky few because you have been well-loved!  Every so often you may look down a see a little trace of pink on your shoe and smile.  It’ll remind you that McConnell loves you.

Eventually, it’ll all be gone.

Are kids allowed?

Yes, kids love to get colored just as much as the rest of us.  Bring the whole family, except for pets.

Are there age limits?
No way!  Everyone is welcome to come have tons of colorful fun.  Strollers are welcome.  We do recommend that kids be properly protected with sunglasses, and for toddlers and infants, maybe even something to cover their mouth.  The powdered “paint” is non-toxic and made mainly with corn starch, but it could irritate the smaller ones more than us.

Can I take pictures?
For sure!  We’ll also have our Public Affairs’ professional photography team covering all the colorful madness!  If you do bring your camera, phone, flip camera, or any other photo taking device we recommend keeping it in a plastic bag to keep the dust out!

There will be photos taken at the finish line to capture your participation in the Color McConnell 5K.  Photos taken during and at the finish line will be uploaded to the McConnell AFB Facebook page and the Color McConnell 5K Facebook page.  Be sure to “Like” us before the race.  Do you want to volunteer to take pictures, go ahead and sign up under the volunteer page!?!

Can I run with my dog?
Sorry, no.  Dogs and other pets (anything non-human that poops) are not eligible to participate.

What do I wear?
Tasteful, family-friendly, and comfortable costumes or athletic attire is recommended.  The whiter, the better to show off your true colors before, during, and at the finish line.

Can I wear costumes?

Heck Yes!  We would love to see you in your silly tasteful costume, but the whiter the better.

Will I be timed?
Only if you want to be timed.  Color runs are typically fun runs, but for those with a need for speed we are offering 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for the overall categories:  Male, Female.  

For those out to have just a color-filled day no official time will be recorded, but you will have the “time of your life.”  A race clock will be positioned at the start/finish line for giggles.  We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.

 Can I walk?

Walking is totally acceptable here at the Color McConnell 5K. You will be one of many who will be walking.  We don’t time you unless you are competing, so you won’t feel any pressure.

 Can I just volunteer?  How do I volunteer?

We’d love to have you come and help as a volunteer.  Click on the link at the top to explore volunteer opportunities.  There are plenty of fun ways to help out.  Most of our volunteers will throw color on the participants, and/or help with registration, and clean up.

What’s the price?

FREE!  Your awesome Community Action Information Board Team, SAPR, & EO office has made this event free of charge to you and your families!

 What is included in my registration?
The first 500 people signed up will receive some awesome goodies, sunglasses, bandana and a race bib.

 How do I register?

First, decide if you want to run, walk, crawl, or cartwheel the course.  Participants who wish to compete will be asked to move to the front of the starting line, while others cheer on the competition from behind.

When is bib pickup?

Registered participants can pick up their race bibs the day of the event prior to their run times from 0600 to 0800.

 Where does the race begin?

The race will start and finish at the Dole Center.  Directional signs and volunteers will guide runners and walkers through the course and to the Color Zones where our Color Bomb Squad will unleash the color.

The route and Color Zones have been carefully chosen to minimize impact to populated areas.  So no worries about your car being dusted with a new shade of pink.  Besides, we’ve planned for a cleanup crew to remove any evidence that there was ever a color explosion.

When does the race start?

0600-0645:  Bib pick-up for those competing

0630-0800: Registered participants pick up race kits

0700 (first wave):  Run begins for competitors – be ready for your color crazy day

0710: Just for Fun

0720: Just for Fun

0730: Just for Fun

0740: Just for Fun

0750: Just for Fun & Family Run

0800: Just for Fun & Family Run

0810: Just for Fun & Family Run

0820: Just for Fun & Family Run

0830: Just for Fun & Family Run

 What about the clean up?

Our volunteer cleanup crew will be out in full force after the event to ensure:

  • All trash is properly disposed of
  • Color zones are dispersed of as much color as possible
  • Booths and displays are properly put away
  • All borrowed materials or items are returned to their rightful owner

[1] Hamilton, Michelle.  The Color Run Now Largest 5-K Series.  Runner’s World, Running Times.  Feb 13, 2013.  Accessed Feb 18, 2013;