The Color Run 5K Race Invades Tallahassee

Photo By: Lauren Green

The Color Run tour made a stop in Tallahassee to bring the “Happiest 5K on the Planet” to local residents.

The Color Run began in March 2011 as an event used to promote happiness, healthiness, and individuality.  

This is the largest event series in the world.  In 2014, The Color Run hosted an estimated 300 events in more than 50 different countries.  

Sharon Rogers, assistant event director for the Color Run enjoys the benefits of her job.

“It is a fun event. There are great people and great crowds. It is fun to travel from city to city and see different people,” explained Rogers.

In addition to promoting happiness, healthiness, and individuality, The Color Run also enjoys partnering with charities to help acknowledge and highlight the work they have done within their community and the cause that they stand for.

The Color Run has donated more than $4 million to charity and has helped raise donations for over 80 local and national charities since 2012.

The Color Run has had different themes over the years. The theme for 2014 was the Kaleidoscope Tour, which visited more than 150 cities in the U.S. and Canada.  

This year’s theme is The Shine Tour. Participants received a special Shine Tour Participant Kit that included a custom 2015 t-shirt, gold finishers’ medal, tri-color headband with vibrant silver stitching, packets of color, metallic foil tattoos and more.

Participants of all demographics came out to enjoy the race. Majority of The Color Run race participants are first-timers when it comes to running a 5K.  

FAMU alumnus Trent Pope expressed how he felt about running a 5K for the first time and what he expects from himself.

“I have always wanted to run a race. This pretty much gets people to come out and run and have fun. I expect to run the whole thing and my goal is to do the 3-mile run in about 35 minutes,” Pope stated.

As participants crossed the finish line, they were led to stations with refreshments and encouraged to attend the Finish Festival.  At the Finish Festival, volunteers and participants joined together in celebrating the completion of the race with dancing, loud music, free giveaways and a lot of color being thrown all around.

Zedrina Jackson, a second-year english education student from Miami, Fla. stated, “I have never done anything like this. It was messy but enjoyable and the atmosphere was awesome. I would definitely do it again.”

For more information on The Color Run and its upcoming tour dates, visit