Day-of registration begins at 8:30 am and ends at 10:15 am. We recommend that you arrive as close to 9:00 am as possible and also allow time to park and walk to the registration site.
The run will begin promptly at 10:30 am. We will start with the 5K runners in two shifts / then the 2K runners will begin at 10:40 am / and finally all walkers will start at 10:45 am. This will allow the faster-paced runners to get out ahead of the slower-paced walkers.
This is not a competitive race. The Rainbow Run is all about 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, maybe even something to cover their mouth. The powdered paint is non-toxic and made mainly with 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 limit for younger or older runners; however, due to time restraints, the 5k course is recommended for runners/walkers that are 10 years or older. But we created a 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, participants will receive custom white Rainbow Run race shirts, a small bag of powdered color, race bib with number, and a virtual goody bag emailed to them with special offers from our sponsors.
You may pick up your event packet ahead of time, or the day of the event. For those who want to get their t-shirt ahead of time, you may pick them up on Friday, May 30th at the Ferndale Area Chamber office at 407 E Nine Mile, Ferndale from 9 am to 7 pm. If you want to pick up your packet the morning of the race, please plan to arrive at least one hour before the start of the run so we can be sure to start on time.
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 just ask that you wear a white t-shirt. We want the only color to be the color that is thrown.
The tossing of the color does not hurt in any way. The paint 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. As with anything, the sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting the color on. A list of cleaning tips will be included in your run packet.
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 natural 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 once again 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. Of course, stay a while and hang out at Ferndale's many fine restaurants and stores. They will be happy to welcome our colorful guests. (Just be careful in some of the retails stores.)
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. If for some reason you can’t make it to race day, at least come to the check in and pick up your Rainbow Run packet. We will also hang on to unclaimed packets for one week after the event to be picked up at the Chamber office in Ferndale.
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.