Join in this fun color run to help raise funds for the fight against cancer. Presented for the second year by CSU’s Fletcher Residence Hall, Color4Cancer features a 5K run and a one-mile fun walk for all ages. Funds raised will support Team Jack Foundation and ChadTough Foundation (read more about these organizations below!).Register Now
Register at the $20 level before March 26 to receive a free t-shirt!
- Free for children age 3 and under
- $5 for children ages 4–10
- $20 for those age 11 through adult
Online registration closes at midnight, March 30.
Walk-up registrations are welcome on the day of the event.
Read the tips below to make the most of your experience!
This event is geared for fun, not a fast finish. Enjoy your time with friends and family.
Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. Plan enough time to park, register, peruse the course and change to your race t-shirt. The race will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
Plan for Color
You will get color everywhere on your clothing—even under layers. Plan accordingly; don’t wear your favorite items.
Cameras are certainly welcome at the event. We recommend bringing a plastic bag for your camera to protect it from the powder, or purchase a disposable camera for the day. Be sure to take before and after pictures.
Stay hydrated during the race. Take advantage of the water stations.
- Eye Wear—sunglasses or goggles can protect your eyes
- Change of clothes
- Plastic bags for the colored clothes after the race
- Towels for your car
- Bandana—use it to cover your mouth or nose
Running Through the Color
Be sure to close your mouth while running through the color. It can taste and feel gross in your mouth. You might also want to close your eyes briefly.
If you registered early, your race t-shirt will be mostly white. But think about white headbands, shorts and socks that will show the color.
A little rain will not hurt our event! But if there is severe weather, check your email and the web page for information. You can also call 570.585.9263.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the race hard?
No! This is a fun race, so we didn’t make it hard at all, and it will not be timed. The race will take place completely on the campus of Clarks Summit University. There are a variety of sidewalks, roads, grass and dirt paths. While most of the course will be flat, there is one small hill in the 5K portion of the course.
What is the color made of?
The color powder is made of food-grade cornstarch and FDA approved dyes. It is manufactured in the United States. It is non-toxic and 100 percent safe as well as biodegradable.
Can I refund my registration?
Unfortunately, we are not able to refund your registration. But remember, the proceeds are going to benefit cancer research, so it is going to a good cause!
Can I run with my pet?
Animals are not allowed to be a part of the color run.
Will the event be timed?
No, there is no timing. Have fun! Enjoy yourself!
When and where is packet pickup?
Final registration for the race will begin Saturday at 9:15 a.m. You can pick up your packet at that time. Please bring your registration confirmation and receipt.
If you register by Sunday, March 26, you can pick up your free t-shirt at that time. There may be a limited number of t-shirts available for sale that morning.
Will the color stain my clothes or shoes?
The color does mostly wash out after the event, but some of it may stain. As with anything, the sooner you wash your clothing the better. To be safe, we suggest wearing items that could be permanently colored. For more information, see our cleaning tips below.
Will the color get in my car?
We suggest you bring a towel or some plastic bags to put on your seats just to be safe. If you do get some color powder in your car, it should vacuum up easily.
Whom does the race benefit?
Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in America. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children. For those reasons, Color4Cancer raises funds to support two organizations that fund research to fight pediatric brain tumors and cancer. When you participate in Color4Cancer, you are helping these two foundations dedicated to that important cause:
Team Jack Foundation: This foundation specifically funds research for pediatric brain cancer. It was started by the parents of Jack Hoffman, an 11-year-old boy who has been battling brain cancer since 2011.
ChadTough Foundation: The foundation funds research and raises awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is primarily diagnosed in children ages 5-7 with a median survival rate of only nine months from diagnosis.
Before the Event
- To help remove color from your hair, oiling it may make it easier to wash out. Coconut oil or olive oil works best or a leave-in conditioner.
- Bring a bandana or scarf to cover your hair or to cover your mouth in the color zones.
- Wear sunscreen if needed.
- Wear eyewear—sunglasses or goggles.
After the Event
- Dust off as much color powder as possible before you add water to the mix. Take advantage of the blower station at the race.
- Hair1. Remove as much loose powder as possible.2. Rinse out any oil/conditioner with cold water. Most color will be gone now.3. Wash hair as normal.4. Some hints of color may sticks around for a few washes. Be proud of your accomplishment!
- Clothes1. Shake off as much loose powder as possible.2. Wash your color clothes separately in cold water.3. Oxiclean, or a similar product, will work great on running equipment.4. If you want to keep the color on your shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it. Cotton t-shirts work best.
- SkinMakeup remover wipes work well for getting color off the face and skin.