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How does a color run work?

You will begin as a clean canvas wearing white, but by the time you reach the finish line, you will be a walking rainbow of color. Throughout the course your face and body will be coated with blue, green, pink, purple and yellow like you attended a tie-dye party!

At the finish line every 15-20 minutes everyone will grab handfuls of color from their color packets and pummel each other with color! Good news…non-runners can also participate in this part of the fun! Extra color packets will be for sale for $4. So grab your friends, family, and frenemies to join this colorful event!!

What am I being colored with?

At each of the color stations on the course you will be “painted” with a non-toxic colored corn-starch.

Where can I Color the Hill?

Meet us at the Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill. Or catch the free Color the Hill Shuttle from the Dean Smith Center (Dean Dome) every 20-30 minutes beginning at 8:30 am.

Sounds like a blast! How do I sign up?

Click on the Register Today link on the home page. Numbers are limited so sign up today!

What do I get for my registration fee?

First, you get to have a BLAST (of color that is) with your family and friends! You will also receive a very cool Color the Hill t-shirt, a very stylish pair of sunglasses, a color packet to use at the finish line or at the after party, and a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing you have donated to three local charities! Awww!! Can’t beat that, right? Thought so.

How do I rid myself of color?

Well, we suggest using soap, cold water, and lots of elbow grease. If you are blonde, it helps to use some leave-in conditioner or olive oil beforehand. It may take 1-2 washes to get the color out. Goggles or glasses to cover your eyes will help. You will be given a pair of sunglasses in your race packet. A bandana is always be a stylish way to reduce color to the face as well.

How do I preserve the color in my clothing?

The best way to preserve the color is to spray with vinegar, let it dry, then iron it.

Which charities will Color the Hill benefit?

Three local non-profit organizations (Academy of Information Technology-CHCCS; Be Loud! Sophie Foundation and SKJAJA Fund) will receive funds from this event see our Charities page for additional information regarding these organizations.

Is this race timed?

Nope – it’s just for fun.

Is there an age limit?

Everyone up to age 150 is welcome to participate. All participants must  sign the waiver when registering online, and those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. If you forget to bring it to the run, we will have extras on hand; so no worries.

Kids under 5 are free with a paying adult. Kids ages 5-10 cost only $18. Only participants paying the full $38 will receive a free t-shirt.

I would like to patron your business sponsors. Who are they?slide-2

We have received a lot of community support – please see our Sponsors page for a current list of our sponsors.

Food Trucks? Tell me more.

The Ice Cream Man, Will & Pops, and Big Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Can I bring my pet?

Nope. Not sure “painted” pets are a nice accessory. And we’re pretty sure your pet will thank you too.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Take as many pics as you can! Great times make great memories so let’s capture them! You can even send us some of your favorites. However, please protect it with a ziploc baggie to keep it color free!

Is this race refundable?

The race is non-refundable but it is transferable to another runner.

I love pelting people with color and/or other fun duties. Can I volunteer?

We love volunteers! If you are at least 14 years of age, visit the Volunteer page to see various options.

I have a question about my registration. What do I do?

Click on Contact to send us a message and we’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

Can kids participate?

Absolutely! The more the merrier! Kids under age 5 are free with a paying adult but will not receive a t-shirt. Kids 5-10 are only $18 and do not receive a t-shirt, but can purchase one for $10. Extra color packets will be sold at the event for $4. So kids are welcome to join in the Color Burst Party at the end of the race. All participants, including children, must sign the waiver when registering. If registering at the event, waivers will be available.

What if I have asthma or another lung condition?

Wearing a bandana is a good idea but please consult with your doctor before participating.

What should I bring on race day?
  • Wear a white shirt to maximize your color experience.
    Goggles or sunglasses (a pair is included in your race packet)
    Be sure to bring beach towels or something else to cover the seats in your car before you get in. Bright colors are cool but not necessarily as a vehicle interior color.
Where and when do I pick up my information packet?

We highly recommend early pick up to save time on race day. Pick up your packet on Friday, April 28 at Fleet Feet at 300 E. Main Street in Carrboro between the hours of 11:00 am-7:00 pm.