Sunday, April 25, 2021, 10 a.m. Directions

Dye Hard 5K for ages 11 and up

$30 10:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT Registration Opens January 1, 2021 at 12:00am EST

Dye Hard 5K for ages 10 and under (bib, shirt, and bag are extra cost)

$0 10:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT Registration Opens January 1, 2021 at 12:01am EST
Race Postponed to April 25, 2021

New Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021, 10 a.m.

For the safety and health of everyone involved, we are very sorry to share that we must postpone the Dye Hard 5K. The new date is a return to our last Sunday in April schedule, Sunday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Fairgrounds. We appreciate your continued support of this event and people with disabilities. Everyone who has registered will be moved to the new date. Registration will remain open and we are looking forward to being able to celebrate with you next Spring.


The DYE HARD 5K - It's a RACE and a P*A*R*T*Y!
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 10 a.m.
Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45505

Run or walk in the most colorful 5K ever! Get showered with safe, eco-friendly, colored powder! We'll also have extra colors available so you can kick off the race with colors flying everywhere. Sign up today for fun, food trucks, music, and literally TONS of color! Proceeds benefit the Developmental Disabilities Endowment Fund of the Springfield Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Route is grass with a few rolling hills. No pets or wheels other than strollers and wheelchairs. Wagons seem to work better for the terrain. CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO!

  • EARLY REGISTRATION $30, January 1-February 28, with free shirt, bag, and color packet
  • ADVANCE REGISTRATION $35, March 1 - April 18, with a free shirt, bag, and color packet not guaranteed
  • REGISTRATION $40, April 19-25, with free shirt, bag, and color packet not guaranteed
  • GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE: $6 discount per person once you have at least 6 people registered together as a group (Click GROUP from menu to left to start a group)
  • Kids 10 and under are FREE but get no shirt, swag bag, or timing bib (Parent has the option to purchase these during registration at regular registration price.)
  • We accept credit cards.


  • Color packets will be available for sale at packet pick up and race day, $3 each, 2 for $5, 5 for $10.
  • Food trucks - EAT and FAT RACKS - for a fun lunch after the event! 
  • Coffee truck - WILLOW BLOOM COFFEE - for drinks before and after the race.

Friday, April 23, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Self-Reliance, 1822 N Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45503. You may pick up a friend or family member's packet. Race day packet pick-up starts at 8:30 a.m.

Chip timing provided by FinishTiming, featuring a live onsite scoreboard, clock, and camera system. Results posted at Plaques awarded for top 3 males/females overall, and medals for top male/female finishers in the following age categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Free race day parking will be at the Fairgrounds. Spectators are welcome.

8:30 a.m. Registration/Packet Pick Up opens / Extra Color Packets for sale, $3 each, 2 for $5, 5 for $10 / DJ starts the PARTY!!
9:30 a.m. Registration to be timed ends
9:55 Registration/packet pick up closes
9:55 a.m. Starting line color throw
10 a.m. Gun start
11 a.m. Award ceremony at DJ booth

Event photos will be available on our Facebook page for free downloads after the race. 

Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio 45505
Race Website

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Color Sponsor
Business Sponsor
In-Kind or Any Donation

What is the stuff you'll be throwing at me?
The color powder used at the Dye Hard 5K is food grade cornstarch and is 100% non-toxic. However, you probably don't want to eat it! We purchase powder that is made in America.

Are there prizes?
Yes!  There are prizes for the top 3 males/females overall, and for the top male/female finishers in the following age categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. 

Can I register more than one person?
Yes. But you can only register people for whom you are legally responsible. So friends and adult family members have to register themselves.

Can I get my money back after I’ve registered?
Sorry, there are no refunds for this event.

What do I get when I register?
In addition to participating in the most fun 5K ever, runners who register early will receive a custom Dye Hard 5K race shirt, a packet of color, race bib with chip, and sponsor goodies. Check the Registration page for info.

How can my company sponsor this event?
To inquire about sponsorships, send us a message.

Can I bring Fluffy?
We don't recommend it. We don't think pets will enjoy the colored chaos.

Will the color ruin my clothes, phone, camera, etc?
The color does mostly wash out after the event, BUT it is possible that it can stain some fabric and materials, so wear items that you don’t mind getting colorful, and don’t bring expensive electronics that you don’t want ruined. 

What if it rains?
We will run rain or shine. We can't throw color in the rain, but will still start the race. We will delay the start of the race by one hour in the event of a tornado warning, thunderstorm, heavy rain, or other major weather condition. If the weather condition persists after the hour delay, we will cancel the event. Check our Facebook page for delay or cancellation information.

Can I walk the course?
Sure! Running is not required and you can walk the 5K course in about an hour. Walkers will be asked to start after the runners have begun the race.

Can kids participate?
Yes! Children age 10 and under are free but still must be registered to participate. Moms or dads with strollers will be asked to start in the back for safety purposes. Free registrants do not receive giveaways or bibs with timing chips. If your child wants the giveaway or to be timed, they must be a paid registrant. Also we have found that wagons work better on this course than do strollers.

Can I pick up my packet early?
Yes. See the race details for packet pickup info. And yes you can pick up a friend's packet. Just be sure you get it to them before race day.

I don't want to run or walk. Is there another way I can get in on the fun?
Yes! You can volunteer to help with the event. Visit the Volunteer page for info.


Be prepared - You will get color everywhere.

If you want to keep the color in your shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it. Then put it in the dryer on high heat. No guarantees though - It still may not stay.

HAIR - Prepare before the race: If you have light colored or highlighted hair, you may want to oil your hair before the race. This will help keep the color from sticking to your hair. Coconut or olive oil work best but a good leave-in conditioner will probably do the trick as well. Every head of hair is different and will react differently to the color, especially highlighted or colored hair. Pink and blue have been known to stain blondes for a few days. If you need to insure color free hair hours after the event, wear your hair in a ponytail and wear a hat or bandana.

Cleaning your hair: Dust any loose powder out of your hair and brush through your hair vigorously. We provide a "blow off" station after the race - take advantage of it! Rinse out the oil/conditioner you applied before the race with COLD water. 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. If your hair is still clinging on to the color, we’ve heard that a mixture of baking soda and blue Dawn dish soap works wonders!

We suggest wearing sunglasses or swim goggles to keep the powder out of your eyes, and a bandana or dust mask to cover your mouth.

Though the color will eventually wash out of just about everything, you should not bring expensive clothes, electronics, or items that you don’t want colored.

If you bring a camera or a phone, keep it in a plastic bag to keep powder from getting in its cracks and crevices.

Close your mouth when running through the color zones. The color powder probably doesn’t taste very good, but it won’t harm you. You can also wear a bandana or dust mask.

Save your color packet (or get a few extra) for the starting line when everyone throws their packets at the same time. 

We have heard that makeup remover wipes work well for getting the color off your skin.

A cleaning station (someone with a leaf blower) will be available at the end of the race. This will take a lot of the color off, but not all of it. Bring towels for your car so you don’t get the powder on your upholstery. This will also blow a lot of color off your shirt, so if you want the color to stay on your shirt, bring an extra to change into before visiting the cleaning station.

About Us

What's the purpose of this event?
First, to have FUN!  We want to bring a really fun event to the Clark County community that everyone can participate in and celebrate every year.

Second we want our community to become passionate about people living with and affected by an intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury. By participating in the DyeHard 5K, you will show your support for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Proceeds support the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County Endowment Fund of the Springfield Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County:

  • provides special training services so that adults can get jobs and become more self-sufficient
  • provides housing and independent living options, so that the people we support can be assured that their needs will be met when parents become too old to care for them
  • provides services for children and adults with severe disabilities that would be too costly for families to afford

You can learn more on the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County website.


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