FAQ - Run the Colors of the Arts

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register online?

Yes!  And you save money by doing so. You can register online by clicking here. Registering in adavnce saves you $5 each registration.  Of course, you can always register before the race at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds beginning at 9:00 AM on race day.  Please plan on completing registration by 9:45 AM.

What's the course like?

The course is a non-traditional 5k-ish that runs through typical trail conditions.  You will be running on a mixture of dirt, grass and gravel lanes.  Along the way, there wil be a "color bomb" stations where your friends and neighbors are waiting to toss color at you as you run or walk through the station. 

Is the color dust harmful?

Our special color dust is non-toxic, non-rash-inducing colored cornstarch. It's like getting into a powdered sugar food fight. Color dust is safe to eat, but doesn't taste very good!

Will the color dust get in your eyes, nose or mouth?

While our dust is perfectly save, our bombers will try their very best to aim low and keep as much dust out of your face as possible. While not harmful, for your comfort, we recommend trying to keep it out of your eyes. Many participants opt to wear sunglasses or bring their swim goggles for their eyes. Additionally some runners choose to bring a bandana to tie around their neck to cover their nose and mouth.

Does the color dust stain?

No. It may take two or three showers to wash it out of all your crevasses, but it won't stain your skin or clothes. Color dust could stain dew laden parked cars, so if you have a sparkling white van, you may want to park away from the race course.

I want to run, but I don't want a lot of color tossed in my direction.  Is that ok?

Yes!  Each "color bombing" station will have three lanes. The two outside lanes are where the most color saturation will occur. The middle lane is where you want to be if you prefer a lighter color dusting.

Where do we park?

Heaven Hill Farm has ample parking for everyone.  Once you turn into the lot, follow the signs for parking and head over to check in.

What should I bring?

First - an amazing desire to dance, jump around and get colorful. But you might also want to bring a few other items for after the race. Some suggestions include:

  • Signed waiver
  • Water bottle
  • Bandana - some color runners like to wear a bandana to cover their nose/mouth
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Change of clothes
  • Camera / cell phone in a zip lock bag (just to be safe)
  • Towels or tarps for your car seats (just to be safe)

Should I bring my camera?

At your own risk! Keep that fancy gadget away from dust by putting it in a plastic bag.

Is this a timed race?

No! The race is open to all competency levels, ages and builds. No stopwatches - only color!

Is there an age limit?

Nope! From babies in covered jogging strollers to packs of Senior Citizens, all are welcome! Those under 18 do need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Can non-color running family and friends watch the race?

Yes of course! Spectators are welcome to find a place along the course to cheer.  Non-participants are also invited to volunteer as "color bombers" if they are looking for something more to do than simply clap and cheer.  They can sign up to be a color bomber the morning of the event at check-in.

Can I bring my dog for the walk?

Nope.  Sorry, pets have to watch from the sidelines.

Will the race happen if there is bad weather?

We will do everything in our power to make sure the race happens even if it rains or snows.  Participant safety is our highest priority and will determine whether the color flies or not.  Keep updated at our Facebook page or give us a call directly.

Any clean up tips you'd like to share?

If you have light colored hair, it helps to use leave-in conditioner, olive oil or coconut oil before running.

After the race, shake all the powder out of your hair and clothes before adding cold water.

It might take a few showers to get it all out of your hair, but it will come out.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  The experience will be worth it!


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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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