HomeAboutFAQ'sPartners/SponsorsContact Us


Things You Need To Know
Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. We recommend that you allow time to park and walk to the registration site.

Parking on Race Day. Additional information about parking options in Ferndale can be found here. While you may be parking before parking enforcement actually starts at 10 a.m. and may not return to your vehicle before 10 a.m., you can pay for your parking space at a Kiosk at any time (making an “advanced” payment), and the payment will be saved until enforcement begins at 10 a.m.

Race Start Times are as follows: 
    10:05 a.m. 5k walkers
    10:10 a.m. 2k walkers
    10:25 a.m. 5k runners
    10:30 a.m. 5k runners
    10:35 a.m. 2k runners

Packet Pick Up for race day materials is required prior to the start of the event. Arrive at least an hour prior to your scheduled start time to allow time for check-in. You can pick up your packet before the race day at the Chamber Office - 407 E. Nine Mile Rd from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Registration and packet pick up will also be available on the race day from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on East Nine Mile between Woodward and Bermuda. Packets include race number and pins and other items, depending on when the registration date of the participant. 

Registering with a group? We love groups! Whether you are looking to register for the race with a group or with a group to volunteer, please call 248-542-2160 or email director@ferndalechamber.com for assistance. 

Want to look cool in the latest addition to Rainbow Run swag? Rainbow Run sunglasses have arrived! They are available for purchase at the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce office Monday through Friday for $5. They will also be available for sale on race day at the event. 

This is not a competitive race. The Rainbow Run is a fun-filled day to show support for acceptance and diversity of all kinds--that's why we offer an opportunity to walk or run. You are welcome to time yourself, but don't expect this to be one of your faster runs. Runners can get held up while crossing Nine Mile Road and through the paint stations. Runner safety is more critical than time.

Kids and jogging strollers are welcome. We want kids to be a part of this. This is about them being part of a future where everyone is included. We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses, and for toddlers and infants, something to cover their mouth. The powdered color is non-toxic and primarily corn starch, but it could irritate the smaller ones more than us.

Dogs and bikes are prohibited. For the safety of all of our runners…and for the dogs, NO DOGS or bikes will be allowed on the race course.

There is no age restriction for younger or older runners; however, due to time restraints, the 5k course is recommended for runners/walkers that are 10 years or older. The 2k route for those with smaller legs…or those who are older but can not walk at least a three-mile per hour pace.

Included with the Rainbow Run registration is a race bib with number. While supplies last, participants will receive custom white Rainbow Run race shirts.

You are welcome to wear your own shirt during the run instead of your official Rainbow Run shirt, but keep in mind that it will get color on it that will not all wash out. We want the only color to be the color that is thrown, so please wear a white shirt.

The tossing of the color does not hurt in any way. The color is a very fine corn starch powder that will simply be scooped out of a large bucket and tossed. We don't use paint guns or anything that could bruise.

The color does mostly wash out after the event, but some of it can stain. The sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn't mind getting the color on.  

If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it liberally with vinegar, let it dry and then iron it before you wash it. Wash it in cold water. The color is designed to wash out, so it is not guaranteed that this will work. 

To keep the color from getting in your eyes or mouth follow these tips. The Rainbow Run colors are 99 percent food-grade cornstarch, 1 percent natural colorant, and are 100 percent non-toxic and safe. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our color throwers will make sure to aim low as you pass by. You may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandanna or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers who won’t know to close their mouth by a color station.)

If you want a lot of color to hit your shirt, plan to run or walk closer to the color throwers. If you want only a little bit of color, run or walk in the farthest lane from the throwers.

If you want to avoid getting the color in your car, we recommend bringing some towels to place on your car seat. It’s similar to being at the beach or playing sand volleyball.

If you want to have any excess paint cleaned off your skin, we will have a cleaning station with baby wipes and paper towels. You won’t be completely clean, but you should be good for the drive home. 

If you want to take photos while running through the color, we recommend covering cameras/phones with clear plastic. We will have event photographers on hand, but we know you'll want to take your own shots. We will also have a photo station set up at the end of the race where you and your friends and family can get a souvenir photo taken that will be emailed to you at a later date. This is a free photo for all participants.

Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds for the Rainbow Run. The logistics of setting up and planning the event, and the up front costs for the shirts and paint make it impossible. Just make sure you are good to go before signing up. The race will take place rain or shine. No rain delay date is available. 

If you have any questions not answered here, please fill out the form to the right and we will be happy to answer. Or you can call 248.542.2160.