MyFunRun Color Runs
MyFunRun recommends you set up 4 color stations along your walk or run event. The preferred method of getting the colored powder on to the kids is to dispense it by hand (with little cups). Some people choose to use condiment bottles to dispense the powder.
You can purchase colored powder (corn starch) in bulk packaging (one color per 25lb. box). The recommended amount per participant is .6 lbs per participant. Location and quantity determines the final price delivered to the event.
We highly recommend Hippie Powder as your powder supplier.
What about clean up?
The color on your grass will disappear the first time the sprinklers run. Any color on sidewalks/pavement can be washed away with a hose (a few minutes with a power washer never hurts).
Will the color wash off skin/out of hair?
Yes! The easiest way to get it off is while it's still dry (shake, wiggle, jump up and down, vacuum, etc). After that, soap and water, with a little rinse and repeat action will do the trick.
What if it gets in our eyes?
Encourage participants to wear sunglasses (not only will everyone look way more cool) but it will greatly reduce the chances of colors in eyes. However, never fear, the color is non-toxic. A simple rinse with water will take care of you.
Is it possible to do a Color Run during the school week in the morning?
To do a color run at the beginning of a school day, we recommend that the kids be instructed to bring a change of clothes and a hat that can be dirtied to wear during the event.
Can we eat the colors?
Not recommended. It is corn starch, but will taste about like colored dirt.
Can we inhale it?
It's a lot like breathing in dust and dirt, extensive exposure is not recommended. If possible we recommend you provide a white bandana or other covering for them to put over their nose and mouth.
Are the colors safe?
Our vibrant colors are made up of Corn starch and FD&C and/or D&C colors. Color safety information: Approved for use in foods, cosmetics and/or drugs. These products are not considered hazardous, 29 CFR 1910-1200.
What if we want to keep the colored shirts?
Color can be made permanent by soaking the item in vinegar, allowing it to air dry, and then ironing it before putting it through the regular wash.
How should we dispense the powder during the color run?
Every student should receive .6 lbs of colored powder during the entire color run. This is an estimation with some room for variation in hand size and throwing consistency. A handful is about .10 lbs - .15 lbs.
Divide up all your powder into the stations that you will have. 3 or 4 stations is usually enough.
If you have 500 kids you will receive a total of 300 lbs of powder (500 x .6 lbs). You should divide that up into your stations and then divide the number of stations by .6lbs which is the total amount that will go on a student. Therefore is you have 3 stations each station will receive 100 lbs in the example above and you will dispense .2 lbs per station which is appx 1 handful of powder (or part of one small dixie cup).
It's not an exact science, it's all approximate. If you start running through powder too quickly dial back the amount of handfuls. Some events provide paper cups or plastic condiment bottles to use to project the powder. In those cases you end up using more powder per throw which may or may not help you estimate more accurately how many cups you'd throw on each individual.
The powder comes in 25lb boxes. You can have one color per station or mix it up. There is also the option of having individual 70 gram packets of powder that you can give out to the kids (which they just throw on each other) . This is usually done in addition to the bulk powder if there is room in the budget.