So you want to take your child to the color run

It’s Color Run time again!!! We have gone every year since it started in Port Elizabeth in 2013, well technically I was sick last year, but my boys still went and this year is no different.

(more color run fun)

Since Aidan and the color run both started in the city the same year, I have picked up a few tips for color running with young kids and thought I’d share

MY color run TIPS for kids…

– Take your kid into consideration, will they be able to do the 5km walk (honestly I struggle because I am not the fittest) so grab a stroller if you are not up to carrying a tired child for 4.5km
– Put your child in goggles/glasses, because even though the powder is non toxic, it can still irritate eyes. This years theme is superhero so goggles can double as costume and safety device.
– Come prepared to layer and unlayer. The last color runs have been really cold so we dressed him warmly in something that could easily be taken off if the weather “turned”
– I always cover his  mouth and nose in a bandana at the colour stations, I just use  a cansa wrap like a scarf and I can pull it up when need be, also any excuse to support cansa
– Take water!
– Take wipes, this kid is not a fan of being dirty…. of messing, yes, of being dirty, no
– Put towels in the car to protect the seats as much as you can (this is for all participants)
– Do not put on your nicest clothes, it’s a pain to clean , trust me



Here is everything children related I could find on the website…
So can I bring my kid?
All kiddies under 10 always run free with us, they do need to be registered at the time of booking and they will need to be wearing a safety wristband that can be collected at Race Pack Pick Up. There are a limited number of places for free runners per event.
Will the color ruin clothes or running shoes?
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.  If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it.  If you wash your shirt….the color will eventually come out.  For FULL color cleaning ideas and tips, check THIS LINK out!
Do the kilometer “Color Zones” affect runner vision? Or breathing?
The color powder used at The Color Run event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our certified color 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.

When: 29 October 2017

Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Time: 09H00 for 10h00

Hashtag: #TheHappiest5k #TCRHero #LiveBetter


One thought on “So you want to take your child to the color run

  1. Holi Colour Powder says:

    Color Run is the only event where you get to party once you cross the finish line. The event is immensely popular all over the world and although runners do not receive any prizes, they are showered with colour run powder, which is made of corn starch. Color Run is not your typical fun run event because it puts more emphasis on fun. Even first-time runners are welcome and for families who are looking for a unique way to bond with children, Color Run is a great idea to consider. Participants need to pay for the registration fees, which may vary from region to region.

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