The Color Run, a 5k race self-proclaimed as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet,” announced it will be making a stop in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The race, which has grown in popularity through word-of-mouth and YouTube videos, focuses not on speed but more on fun and encourages runners of all different ages, shapes, sizes and speeds to participate.
Runners begin the race wearing all-white t-shirts that become canvases as paint is dispersed from the sides of the course. Each kilometer of the race has a designated paint color: yellow, orange, pink and blue. As participants reach the “Color Run Zones” they are showered with dyed cornstarch from volunteers, sponsors and staff. All of the paint products used are 100 percent natural, safe and edible.
Brent LaForte, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, said he participated in the Color Run Atlanta over the summer.
“I liked that it was an untimed run and was more about having fun with your friends,” he said. “At the end of the race, there is a giant color party, which is the single most fun part of the event, just hanging out with your friends at the party.”
LaForte said he thinks the Color Run Tuscaloosa will draw a lot of UA students.
“For the price, I see a lot of students participating because you don’t have to travel,” he said. “I’m interested about what the route is going to be like. How enjoyable the run is has a lot do with where you’re running.”
Courtney Lish, a junior majoring in biology and nutrition who also participated in the Color Run Atlanta, said the volunteers looked like they were having as much fun as the runners, and she plans to be a volunteer for the Tuscaloosa race.
For participants wishing to avoid high amounts of paint, The Color Run suggests staying in the center lane of the race, while those wishing to be works of tie-dye art to stay on the sides. Additionally, runners are advised to wear sunglasses for eye protection.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. and advance registration is advised. Participants can register as solo or in groups. For more information on registering or becoming a volunteer, visit thecolorrun.com/Tuscaloosa.