Runners enjoying the post race party

Frequently Asked Questions

The Run

Do I need to be a super fit athlete?

Absolutely not. This run is all about participation and fun. We don’t time the race and we don’t expect anyone to complete the course any faster than they feel comfortable. You can run, walk, hop or crawl your way to the end. Whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Can I bring my kids / grandma / great aunt Martha?

Are they fit enough to walk 5k? Then yes! Bring who you want! This event is NOT a race. There’s no clocks, nobody gets a ‘finishing time’ and there’s no winners podium. Everyone’s a winner for getting involved in the first place.

Do You Charge For Children?

Children under 12* who are accompanied by a paying adult can either run for free without our participant giveaways or you can elect to pay a super-low fee that also includes the paint bottle and child-sized t-shirt! The choice is yours. Children’s t-shirts will also be available to purchase on the day. All child runners still must be registered to participate though and a small registration fee applies.

*age limit subject to change for certain events.

The Paint

How is the color administered along the course?

Along the course volunteers will be on hand at designated ‘Color Stations’ to cover you, head to toe, in our spectacularly colored water-based paint. Run into the station color free, run out blue (or pink, or green, or red… )

How safe is the paint used at a ColorBurst event?

Unlike similar events, the paint we use is water-based and is produced and certified in the US. It is non-toxic, non-flammable, biodegradable and free of heavy metals. It washes off easily and is non-permanent. Common-sense rules apply as always and it’s advisable to keep the paint out of your eyes and out of your mouth if you want to finish the run as comfortably as possible. Our ‘Paint Distribution Crew’ will always aim low to help with this.

Will it ruin my clothes or shoes?

Our paint is water based and will wash off with regular cleaning methods. The sooner you wash, the easier it is to come off. And if you leave it dirty too long, on a brilliant-white piece of clothing, it may require a few washes to get it shining bright again. However, we actively encourage runners to dress in clothes that they’re happy getting blasted with awesome vibrant colors. That’s half the fun! Leave the prom dress and the white Tuxedo at home, throw on our commemorative white tee (free at most events with your ticket) and prepare to get dressed up like a rainbow!

What about the interior of my car?

Car interiors are a pain to clean, period. So we recommend either towels on top of your seats or even better, a change of clothes before you make the journey back home.


What’s the price and how do I register?

There are various tiers of pricing all of which are set out on our registration section below.

Where do I collect my ‘run packet’?

Run packets will be available to collect from your local packet pick-up location. We’ll email 1-2 weeks in advance with the final details on that. To collect you’ll need your ticket or e-ticket.

Can someone else collect my run packet on my behalf?

Absolutely. As long as they have a copy of your ticket/e-ticket.

I can no longer attend, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately all our tickets are non-refundable although you can still collect your t-shirt and other race-swag should you wish.

What if the weather’s bad?

Color Burst 5K takes place rain, hail or shine. A bit of bad weather isn’t going to dampen our spirits! Unless there are critical weather warnings for the likes of tornados or flooding etc the event will go ahead. In the event that we do have to cancel, read our cancellation policy, available at the very bottom of this page.

I have ADA needs, can you assist?

We want to make our run as inclusive as possible so please email us directly at [email protected] and we will do our very best to help.