Sat April 27, 2019 Valparaiso, IN US 46383 Directions

5K of Color Explosion

10:00AM CDT - 11:30AM CDT

Color 4 a Cause is a 5K event that supports Caroline's Place in Valparaiso, IN and is hosted by the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) from Valparaiso University. To learn more about last year's fundraising campaign and more about what the World Relief Campaign is click here.

The 5K features various color stations throughout the route where volunteers shower runners with colored powder. Each runner will be provided a white T-Shirt with the race logo and sunglasses for eye protection. If someone wishes to participate in the run, but not get any color on them, each color station will have a "no color" lane where no color will be showered upon them.

**Sign ups after 4/13/2019 are not guaranteed a shirt in their size. Register as soon as possible to guarantee your shirt size.

**Any registration after April 26 at 4 pm will have to be completed at the race, starting at 9 am at the Chapel of the Resurrection on Valparaiso University's campus. Cash, check, Venmo, and PayPal will be accepted.

1600 Chapel View Dr
Valparaiso, IN US 46383
Race Contact Info

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Race Route:


Is C4C  timed?

Yes! The Color 4 a Cause 5K Run/Walk will be officially chip timed by T&H Timing. Results will be posted right after the race and will be available online the next day.


Are there awards?

Yes! There will be awards directly after the race for the top 3 finishers overall and the top finisher for each age group. Also the team with the top average time will win an award. Only those who run/walk are eligible to compete 


Is C4C only for runners, joggers, people who run, etc.?
Of course not! C4C is all about having a great time for a great cause and enjoying being active with family or friends. You can run, walk, crawl, roller-blade, hop, or skip to the finish line! Only those who run/walk are eligible to compete for awards.


How does registering as a team work compared with individual registration?
You register as a team rather than as an individual.  You get to pick a groovy custom team name, anything from “The Roy G Biv All-stars” to “We Sweat Rainbows.”  You then get to run/walk together and help each other get really colorful through the 5 kilometer course. There is no “relay” component and team members can finish together as a unit or separately.


What do I get in my registration packet?
Runners will receive an official C4C shirt,  official #C4C2019 sunglasses, and some other sweet swag. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.


Where do all of the profits from C4C go?
C4C is an annual event, produced by the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) at Valparaiso University. Each spring, SALT conducts a World Relief Campaign (WRC) to raise funds for an organization in need. This year, all of the resources from #C4C2019 are going to "Home is Here", a campaign to raise funds to provide a new roof to Caroline's Place, an affordable housing community in Valparaiso, IN.


Can I run with a stroller or some other mode of baby transport? Can I run with my dog?
Without a doubt! You just need to know - you will be one of the coolest moms or dads on the planet! Unfortunately, we ask that you leave your four-legged friends at home (i.e., no dogs allowed).


Is there a packet pick-up for the event? How does all that work?
Yes! Packet pick-up will happen the morning of the event an hour before.


Do I really have to wear white? Or do I really have to wear my C4C shirt?
You will definitely want to wear white! Wearing as much white as possible will best allow you to be transformed from a blank human canvas into a colorful masterpiece. And it is really just more fun to run starting in white and ending, well, super colorful!


How is the color administered along the course? How many color stations are there? What is the color?
You will see smiling faces along the course whose main goal is to douse you in colorful powder. They will ensure that you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line. C4C features six color stations throughout the course, each with a different color of powder. The color powder is food grade cornstarch and is 100% natural.  As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our “certified” color throwers will aim low as you pass by. We definitely recommend wearing your official #C4C2019 sunglasses to protect your eyes from those UV rays and some of the colored powder. Some participants decide to use a bandanna or dust mask for their mouths.


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. Wearing your C4C shirt can be the perfect option!  If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, we recommend spraying it with vinegar and iron it. If you wash your shirt (and wash it again), the color will eventually come out.


Will you have “cleaning stations” at the finish area?
Not exactly, but with a good dusting off, you aren’t 100% clean, but you are good for the drive home.  It is actually pretty fun to see people still colorful around town after The Color Run event. It is like a badge of honor! It is a good idea to bring some towels for the insides of your car, or maybe a change of clothes, if you are really worried. (But you shouldn’t be. It’s all good )


Are cameras and phones safe to have in the color zones?
We recommend keeping your phones and cameras away from the color, especially if you don’t have a case of some sort. I mean, the color gets everywhere. If you want to get shots right in the midst of the color, we recommend covering your device with plastic wrap or putting it in a plastic baggie.


Is this race timed?
For the first year ever, C4C will be chip timed by T&H Timing of Valparaiso, IN. Results and awards will follow the race.


What happens if there is bad weather?
A little rain won't stop C4C! In fact, it might even make the party a little more fun. If there are major weather warnings this weekend, check the Color 4 a Cause Facebook page and keep an eye out on your emails - we’ll keep you in the loop.


Can I switch my registration to someone else? Or what if there is a question that I have that wasn’t answered here?
For sure! Just email us at and we will make it happen! And if you have any additional questions, same story - feel free to shoot us an email!


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