Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the race and what is the route?
The race is 5 kilometers and it starts and finishes at QHS.  Click here to view the route map.

Do I need to be a runner to do this?
No! This event is all about a color crazy day with friends and family. You can run, walk, crawl, or cartwheel if you wish!

What does the Dream Big in Color Run benefit?
All proceeds from the run will support the Quincy Public Schools.

Can I run with a jogging stroller and my kids?
Yes!  Kids of all ages are welcome.

Can I run with my dog?
No dogs allowed in this race.

Is there an age limit for younger runners?
No age limits! If they can cover (running, jogging, walking, strolling) the three miles of the course, they can absolutely participate.

How do I get my t-shirt and race packet?
T-Shirt and Packet Pickup is Friday, April 21, from 3 - 6pm at the QHS Gymnasium. You can also pickup your packet on race day, Saturday, April 22, starting at 8:00 am.

What should I wear?
White clothing is encouraged so that your colors will show!  The color may temporarily stain clothing, shoes and light hair, so consider wearing older clothes and shoes.

Will the color ruin clothes or running shoes?
The color does mostly wash out after the event.  As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful.  If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it.  If you wash your shirt….the color will eventually come out.

How does the color affect the inside of cars?
You might want to bring some towels for the inside of your car, or a change of clothes just in case.

Does the color affect runner vision? Or breathing?
The color powder used is food grade cornstarch and is 100% natural.  As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our color throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by.  Some runners might opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths. Please contact us if you would like further information about the color powder.

How is the color administered along the course?
Along the course, there will be color stations where our sponsors will be spraying runners and walkers with color powder!

Are cameras and phones safe to have in the color zones?
We recommend covering cameras/phones with plastic wrap.

Is race timed?
This is not a timed event.  We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.

Are there refunds?
We do not issue refunds. The annual Dream Big in Color Fun Run is a fundraising event in which 100% of the proceeds go back to Quincy Public Schools. Because of this, we do not offer refunds on any donation made for events. Including tickets/registration.

What happens if there is bad weather?
A little rain won't stop the run. It even makes the color brighter! If there are major weather warnings, check the QPS Foundation Facebook page and the qpsfoundation.org website.

What if I am pregnant?
It's totally up to what you and your doctor decide.  A lot of pregnant people run or walk in color runs.  The powder is 100% cornstarch based and even gluten free.  We recommend wearing sunglasses or goggles, and a bandana over your mouth and nose in the color zones just for extra protection.


Please contact us if you have further questions!

Event Contact: Racheal Raleigh
Email: raleigra@qps.org
Phone: (217) 228-7112