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Color Out Cancer



FUN RUN/WALK (6 laps, 1.5 mile)

2016 event- TBA

FREE to all SJC students and staff

(no family please)

DONTATIONS welcome, all donations go to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Location: SJC Central track


4 color stations

MUST wear goggles to participate

(not provided)

Color dodgeball after event

(hackey sacks filled with color powder)


Rec Sports giveaways









Do I need to be some sweet ole’ runner to do this?

Oh my goodness, NO. There are plenty of other great 5ks out there to test speed and performance. The Color Run is all about a color crazy day with friends. You can run, walk, crawl, or cartwheel it if you wish!

What do I wear?

Just wear whatever you’d like that is WHITE! White is best, as it provides the best canvas for color! Be creative! Dress up! Have fun! But don’t wear anything you don’t want to get full of color. Be aware of modesty and refrain from clothing with offensive print.


How is the color administered? Will I be hurt?

No, it doesn’t hurt at all. It is like getting into a powdered sugar food fight.

 Will the Color ruin clothes or running shoes?

The “color” mostly washes out after the event. However as with anything dirty, the sooner the gear gets washed the better. Dust off all excess powder before washing with water. Wash your color run gear separately and use cold water. Oxiclean, or a similar product, will work wonders. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful.

What if I want the color to stay in the shirt?

If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, we suggest spraying it with vinegar and ironing it when you get home. This is the most likely way the shirt will retain its coloring.


Do you have “cleaning stations” at the finish after party?

We have a hose.  That is all.  With a good dusting off, you aren’t 100% clean, but you are totally good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still colored up around town after The Color Out Cancer event. It is like a badge of honor!


How does the color affect the inside of cars?

Most people bring some towels for the insides of their cars, just in case. It’s like driving home from the swimming pool in your swimsuit :)


Will there be any evidence of The Color Run in my hair tonight?

Some of the colors, purple and pink in particular, can take a few days to fully wash out of your hair, particularly if you have bleached blonde hair. If it’s critical you have no color in your hair tonight, we’d suggest you wear a hat, scarf, or wig.

Rules & Safety

We have just a few rules to ensure that everyone has a FANTASTIC Color Out Cancer experience.

-No alcohol or tobacco is allowed at The. Color Out Cancer event.

-If you are concerned at all with any part of the Color experience, feel free to wear safety glasses, a bandana, mask, hazmat suit… you get the idea

-Please follow the directions provided by race officials and volunteers.

-Above all, please be courteous and respectful to everyone around you.


Cleaning Up

You’ll want your memories of The Color Out Cancer event to stay with you forever. But if you want the color to wash out of your hair and skin ASAP, here are a few tips...

Before the Color Out Cancer event

• Oiling your hair well on race morning will make it easier to wash out the color later. Coconut oilor olive oil work best. A good leave in conditioner will do the trick as well. This is a particularly useful tip for runners with light colored or highlighted hair.

• Many runners wear a thick scarf or bandana to cover their hair. Others use the bandana to cover their mouth as they run through the color zones or to help wash off after. However you choose to use it, a bandana or scarf is pretty useful at Color Out Cancer event.

• Wear a good sunscreen and lip balm.

• We suggest some form of eyewear. Some people wear sunglasses or swim goggles.

Have some fun with it and try to avoid getting a lot of powder in your eyes.

• Though the color will eventually wash out of just about everything, your $500 running shoes... Or your white suede pants.

After the run

• You just ran the craziest race of your life! Congratulations. You deserve a nap. But not quite yet. Take a few minutes to clean up or color might end up all over your house!

• Dust off as much dry powder as you can before you apply any water. Most of the color will evaporate like magical fairy dust.

• Cleaning your hair: Dust any loose powder out of your hair. Rinse out the oil/conditioner you wisely applied before the race with cold water. Most of the color should come right out. Now wash your hair as you normally would. It is not uncommon for hints of some of the color, pink and purple particularly, to stick around for a few washes. Wear it like a badge of honor. Or wear a hat.

• The color is probably not coming all the way out of your white cotton shirt. You should be proud of that. But just about everything else should clean up fine. Remove all excess powder before adding water. Wash your Family Color Run gear separately, with COLD water. Oxiclean, or a similar product, will work wonders on your running equipment. Every so often you may look down a see a little trace of pink on your shoe and smile. It’ll remind you that we love you. Eventually, it’ll all be gone.

Until next year... you beautiful Color Runner.