How does it work?
A whole lot of happy people come together to walk, run, skip or stroll a 5K route in and around the Indian Valley College campus. Along the way, you’ll pass through four color stations where you’ll be spritzed with powdered color. By the time you reach the finish line, you’ll be your very own walking Jackson Pollack painting.

How far is a 5K?
About 3.1 miles

Do I have to run?
Nope, you can walk, skip, stroll, mosey, saunter, hop…you get the picture.

What should I wear?
White, white, white! Think of yourself and your clothes as a canvas waiting to become art. Choose fun white costumes and share ideas with friends via Instagram before the event. 

How do the color stations work?
Volunteers toss colored powder on participants as they pass through. Each station will have a different color. Color tossers will aim low to avoid eyes and faces, but participants may want to wear hats and sunglasses, and parents with kids in strollers may want to keep the stroller cover extended.

Will the color ruin my clothes?
Unlikely. It’s just cornstarch. Still, we don’t know how good you are at laundry so don’t wear your $400 designer top or anything else you really want to stay pristine white.

What about cameras and phones?
While the colored cornstarch is safe and non-toxic, we recommend that you wrap your phone and camera in plastic to keep them safe if you plan to use them during the run.

What do I need to bring to the event?
White clothes ready for a kaleidoscope of colors and your identification if you are over 21 and would like to purchase alcohol after the event.

How old do I have to be to participate?
All ages are welcome, and children 5 & under are free.

Are kids allowed?
Of course. This is a fantastic family event and a great event for kids to form teams and raise money for their schools, too. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and kids under age 18 require a parent’s signature on the participant waiver form.

Can I bring my child in a stroller?
Yes, but please plan to start at the back of the race where it’s likely to be a little less packed and crazy. We also recommend telling your kids in advance what to expect.

My dog loves to run; can he join me?
Sorry, no. For the safety of both humans and pets, only service animals are permitted at the event.

What happens after the run?
We have a fun festival after the race. There will be food and drinks for purchase, music and a whole lot of colorful people to cavort with.

What does my registration cover?
Your registration entitles you to participate in the 5K run and the fun items listed for each pricing package (see our Event Info page).

Can I register the day of the event?
Sure, but it will cost you more and it makes it harder for us to know if we have enough color, water, T-shirts, etc. But if you absolutely can't register in advance, you can do so on event day. 

Is the color powder safe?
Absolutely. It’s made from cornstarch and is non-toxic and non-irritant. Some participants choose to wear sunglasses during the run/walk, especially through the color stations. If you have light-colored hair you may want to wear a hat and put leave-in conditioner on your hair to make it easier to wash out the color.

Do you need volunteers to help at the event?
Check out our volunteer page to learn about volunteer opportunities at the Marin Color 5K event.

Where does the money go?
The Marin Color 5K is the main fundraising event of 2015 for Rotary Club of Ignacio. Monies raised will go to the Rotary Club of Ignacio Foundation, which supports a variety of local projects, organizations and agencies as well as ongoing projects of Rotary International. Teams can also run in support of their own causes.