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Show off your "TRUE" colors at the sixth annual Color Me Mutt 5K! Race day is Saturday, September 25, 2021, at NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN. Color Me Mutt is presented by PARC Foundation, the charitable arm of NASCAR SpeedPark.
Race and event proceeds will allow PARC Foundation to provide funding to local dog-based nonprofits that explore the connection between humans and canines in the East Tennessee community. The community organizations selected for 2021 are Sevier Animal Care Center of Sevierville, H.A.B.I.T. of Knoxville and Wilderwood Service Dogs of Maryville.
The Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run will start at 8am; with participants in the 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk heading out on the course after all the 5K runners have started. The Pet Parade will follow the award’s ceremony for the 5K. We are a pet-friendly event, but dog ownership is not a requirement to participate.
The 5K Color Run will be a timed event with awards provided to the top overall male and female runners who finish with a dog. We will also recognize the three male and female finishers in each of these age categories:
14 & under
We understand that some of our favorite four-legged friends would prefer a shorter course. If that's the case, the 1-Mile Fun Color Run/Walk is for you! Don't worry, you'll still get showered with color at different locations along the course and get the same swag bag as the 5K participants.
Because life is still unpredictable, we are giving all runners or walkers the opportunity to join the race virtually if you still aren’t ready to commit to an in-person event. Please choose the virtual race registration option.
All 5K and 1-Mile participants will receive an entry for their dog in the Pet Parade. We’ll announce our four award categories so you can start planning your costumes as we get closer to race day. Best of Show will be presented to the winner of the four categories.
Both the Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run and the 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk are pet-friendly races! Again, you DO NOT need to be a pet owner to participate. For those with dogs, we love seeing all your pampered pooches each year. The color used is non-toxic and we will have water stations for both dogs and owners on the race route.
All 5K Color Run and 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a t-shirt, one packet of color, a commemorative pet item, a finisher medal and an Unlimited Ride Wristband to NASCAR SpeedPark, valid for use through February 28, 2022. Additionally, there will be a slate of vendors promoting their businesses and selling their products – many related to the needs of our animal companions.
All virtual participants will be mailed their t-shirt, commemorative pet item, finisher medal and Unlimited Ride Wristband to NASCAR SpeedPark after the race. Locals will be able make arrangements to pick up their swag bag during packet pickup.
Color Me Mutt® is an annual color run event for people and their dogs. It includes a 5k race, fun run, pet parade and the sale of merchandise such as T-shirts, bandannas, dog bowls, and other similar items. Net proceeds from the event benefit PARC Foundation, Inc. and designated charities that celebrate the bond between dogs and humans. Color Me Mutt® is a registered trademark of PARC Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. For more information about PARC Foundation, Inc., please visit www.parc-foundation.org
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We have added the opportunity to invite friends and family and be rewarded for your efforts. This year, when you refer 5 people who sign up for either the 5K or 1-Mile race you will receive a $35 refund! Please watch this video to better understand how the program works: How to Become a Referrer.
Help us reach our audacious goal for 2020: 5 Years, 500 Participants!
Thank you to all of our participants, both two-legged and four-legged, for making 2020's socially-distant event a reason to smile. If you’ve never participated in Color Me Mutt, check out our 2018 video flashback to learn more. As always, we wouldn’t have so many amazing photos without RBA Marketing and Media’s event sponsorship. Thank you Rich and Ray for donating your time and talent. Don’t forget to see if you made the 2020 race photo album here!
Is the Color Me Mutt 5K timed?
The Color Me Mutt 5K is a timed event. Award certificates will be given to the top 3 finishers in each category for both men and women. Although it is a timed event, it's also just a fun day with your furry friends and family. You can jog, run, or walk with your favorite canine.
Is the Color Me Mutt 5K safe?
The color powder used at the Color Me Mutt 5K is all made in the USA, certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our “certified” color throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by. The color throwers will not attempt to color your dog. Some runners/walkers opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.
How is the color administered along the course?
You will see a couple of smiling faces along the course whose main goal is to douse you in a colorful powder to ensure that you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line. Our “certified” color throwers make sure to aim above your head as you pass by so it gently drifts down. Our color throwers will not attempt to color your dog unless specifically asked. You also have the option to wave off color at any station. Just let the color thrower know before you pass by.
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.
What about my dog?
Again, all participants have the option to wave off our color throwers, especially if you realize that it makes your dog nervous. On the other hand, we do know that some dogs love it; and some participants have requested that their dog be doused while standing in place instead of running through the color. At the end of the race, we will have color washing stations for your pet if needed.
Will you have water stations on the course?
Yes! We know that everyone, including your dog, will need to stay hydrated on the race course. We will have two water stations for the dogs on the course. The first one is at the half-mile turnaround so that dogs doing the 1-Mile event will have a chance to hydrate before finishing. We also have a second water station for both our human and canine participants closer to the turnaround for the 5K event. At the end of the race, all human participants will receive a bottle of water and we'll have another water station set up specifically for your dogs.
Are cameras and phones safe to have in the color zones?
Our race photographers are generally fine shooting from a medium distance of 50 feet, but to be totally safe, we always recommend covering cameras and phones with a protective dust wrap. Those colorful powder particles are sneaky and the Color Me Mutt 5K is not liable for any damage that might be done to your camera or phone.
Can spectators attend the post-race Finish Festival?
Absolutely! You’ll want to attend the Pet Parade and visit with our fabulous vendors for unique items by local artisans and craftsmen.
What happens is there if bad weather?
A little rain won’t stop the happiest 5K! It even makes the colors brighter! In the event that severe weather does threaten on the weekend of the event, we will inform and update via email.
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