Break out your leg warmers, frizzy hair, and fanny packs! We’ll supply the color blasts, food trucks, and totally tubular dance music.

Just can't get enough? Check out that righteous 5k finishing medal!

Southwind Park

4965 S 2nd Street • Springfield, IL

Event Day Schedule

9:00 a.m. – Registration / Packet pick-up opens
11:00 a.m. - Food trucks begin fooding
12:30 p.m. – 5k Start
12:45 p.m. - 1 Mile Start
12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - After Party

5k Map | 1 mile Map

After Party

Delicious pre and post-race grub will be provided by:


Ever wonder what it sounds like to mix Beyonce and the Chili Peppers together? Michael Jackson and Usher? What about Billy Idol and Pink? Fun DMC dared to find out and the results are something unique and more fun than the original songs could ever be on their own. They can keep this up all night, peppering in popular dance hits from every genre and decade alongside spectacles such as a 15 minute 80′s pop medley, a 12 minute throwback hip-hop joint, or literally handing everyone a polaroid picture to shake during the bridge to “Hey Ya”.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need at the race?

  • Photo I.D.
  • Completed participant waiver
  • Tight kicks! (But make sure you’re comfortable)
  • Change of clothes for after the race, since you’re totally gonna get spazzed with color!
  • Probably a dry towel!
  • Cash for extra drinks, food, and 5K Gear. Sick!

What do I leave at home?

  • No glass containers
  • No weapons and/or firearms will be allowed
  • No alcohol or illegal substances will be allowed. Bummer!

When and where is packet pickup?

Packet pickup will begin at 9:00 am at the Hope Pavilion at Southwind Park. Be there or be square!

What do I get as a race participant?

  • Color Me Radd race T-shirt. Tight!
  • Custom Color Me Radd 5k medal (5k and Virtual Runners only)
  • A pair of tubular sunglasses
  • An individual color packet (not available for Virtual Runners)
  • Post-race After Party with Fun DMC

Can I pick up my friends entry packet?

For sure, but you will need:

  • Copy of friend's photo I.D.
  • Completed participant waive

Where can I leave my gear?

Dude! Secure your valuables or important personal items inside of the vehicle you arrived in. There will also be a free bag check area for your things. All of your items must be stored in one single bag and your bib must be provided to retrieve your bag.

Is the race timed?

There will be a finish clock at the finish line, but there will be no chip timing or official results. There are no winners or losers at Color Me Radd. Whoever has the most fun wins!

What if there is inclement weather?

We will race, rain or shine. Color Me Radd's organizers reserve the right to cancel or delay the event if runner, spectator, or staff safety is compromised. There will be no refunds.

Can I wear a costume?

Most definitely! Go all out with your most wicked 80s swag!

Are children allowed at Color Me Radd?

Heck yes! The kids love to get colored just as much as the rest of us, and it's bodacious to throw color all over those little dweebs! Kids 10 and under can participate at a heavily discounted cost. All kids must be registered in order to participate and must be accompanied by a paid adult. Don’t be hash—be sure to look after your children at the event so they don't get lost in the crowd.

How do I volunteer?

We are always looking for individuals or groups that are willing to volunteer for the event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Alison at:

Who does Color Me Radd benefit?

While Color Me Radd is not a registered non-profit organization, the planning team is made up entirely of volunteers who do not make any income from the event. Fun DMC, LLC is handling organization, financial oversite, and promotion of the event. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to Rebecca Johnston and her family. Future events will be in partnership with a local non-profit organization.

Is Color Me Radd safe?

We’ve totally taken like, every precaution to create as safe an environment as possible. There will be emergency staff on standby for the entirety of the event.

Will the color ruin my clothes and shoes?

The color will mostly wash out. But hey, you’re getting color lobbed at you! So you might want to break out your 80’s swag that you wouldn’t mind getting colored up!

Will the color ruin the inside of my car?

Just bring some towels or some spare clothes just in case, ya dingus!

Can I bring friends and family to watch?

Bring ‘em out! There will be plenty of room for all your best buds, plus a general area for finish line viewing and obstacle viewing.

What about running strollers?

There is NO CHARGE for kiddos riding in strollers. While the powder is non-toxic, you will definitley want to keep them away from the color blasts. Our color throwers will do their best to keep the strollers out of the blast zone, but just know that things might get colorful.

Are pets allowed?

While Southwind Park has an open policy regarding pets, we highly, highly suggest you leave your puppers and kitties at home due to the spreading of the color powder. While safe for pets, it is not recommended that they are exposed to a large amount of it. Additionally, pets will not be allowed on the race course during the event. Sorry, Spot!

Do I have to register online?

No, registration will happen up until the event actually begins!

Will there be race photos available?

Heck yes! We’ll have a few choice photographers on-site to capture the activities and finish line moments. These images will be posted on the site after the event and you will have full digital access to all of the photos taken. A link will be emailed to you when the photos are available for download! Clutch!

Can I take photos?

Another heck yes! We recommend keeping your phone and camera in a plastic bag.

Do you offer refunds?

Heck no! Our apologies, but we cannot offer refunds under any circumstance. Harsh!

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes! You can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event. In order to transfer registrations, you need to send us the name, contact info, email, and shirt size of the person to whom the registration will be transferred to. We can then take care of the rest.

Can you mail my race packet to me?

We can only mail packets to participants in the Virtual Run. All other participants must pick up their packet the day of the event.

Is the powder toxic?

Get real! There are no ecological hazards associated with the product. Additionally, the only colors used in the powder are approved by the United States FDA for food consumption, drug and external cosmetics. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to use a bandanna or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers).

What if I am interested in becoming a sponsor?

Becoming a sponsor with Color Me Radd is a great way for your business to get exposure and be involved with this totally radical event. We would love to talk to you more about how you can be involved. Please contact us at