Color Me Rad 5K Race Coming to Akron

At the end of the Color Me Rad 5K, each runner will get his/her own color pack to use in a final "color throw." It's like a celebration of running!

One of the newest trends in fun and fitness right now are unique 5K races that feature mud, obstacles, paint, color and much more along the courses. I received race registration to facilitate this post.  This August, the Color Me Rad 5K race will hit the Akron Derby Downs and promises to leave the city and its runners more colorful than ever.

Color Me Rad Race Details

The Color Me Rad race is an untimed but good time 5K race open to young and old alike. Participants are instructed to wear their whitest t-shirt, lace up their shoes, grab their family and friends and prepare to be “color bombed.”

The Color Me Rad race will hit Akron August 17. Participants are instructed to wear their whitest t-shirt, lace up their shoes, grab their family and friends and prepare to be “color bombed.”
The Color Me Rad 5K race will be in Akron August 17. Participants are instructed to wear their whitest t-shirt, lace up their shoes, grab their family and friends and prepare to be “color bombed.”

Along the Color Me Rad course around the Derby Downs are color stations where runners will be greeted with a new color—blue, green, pink, purple and yellow—at every kilometer. “By the finish line, the runners will be looking like a kindergarten art project gone oh-so-right,” said Gretchen Willard, Director of Public Relations for Color Me Rad. “Then, at the end of the 5K, each runner will get his/her own color pack to use in our final “color throw” directed by our MC. [It’s] lots of fun, like a celebration of running!”

At the end of the Color Me Rad 5K, each runner will get his/her own color pack to use in a final "color throw." It's like a celebration of running!
At the end of the Color Me Rad 5K, each runner will get his/her own color pack to use in a final “color throw.” It’s like a celebration of running!

Following the race, runners will be given a spray adhesive to seal the color into their shirt and, in addition to the great memories, have a color-bombed t-shirt to forever remember their rad color run.

(And don’t worry; the color that participants will get bombed with is nothing more than colored cornstarch so it is safe!)

This fun race is family-friendly and open to runners of all ages and experience. Children under 7 can run for free with a paying adult. If you don’t feel like running you can always walk the race, too.

The Color Me Rad 5K will be in Akron on Saturday, August 17 at the Derby Downs.
The Color Me Rad 5K will be in Akron on Saturday, August 17 at the Derby Downs.

A portion of the proceeds from the Akron Color Me Rad race will go to support the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby. The AASBD supports youth locally, nationally and internationally by encouraging team work, creative and analytical thinking and imagination through its annual Soap Box Derby competition.

The Akron Color Me Rad race is set for Saturday, August 17 at 9 a.m at 739 Derby Downs Drive. The cost to register is $45 if you register by June 7. Late registration is open through July 12 for $50. And if it isn’t sold out, you can register the day of the race for $55. The registration fee includes a race bib, t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses (to wear during the race).

For more information on Color Me Rad, go to www.colormerad.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest , YouTube and Instagram.

Do you participate in races like this? What do you think about the Color Me Rad Race; sounds pretty cool, huh?

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Toni Craig
I came to Akron 10 years ago for school and have been here ever since. My husband Matt, little guy Spencer and fur baby Mason call Green home and love taking advantage of the lakes, parks and fresh farmer's markets right in our backyard! A graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Mass Communication and English, I've worked in news, radio, publishing and magazine writing, education, and public relations--but writing is my passion. In my free time I enjoy cooking, a good book, yoga, running, cheering on the Zips and experiencing all the great things the Akron area has to offer! Toni blogged for AkronOhioMoms in 2013.
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