The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a charity 5K run/walk that's as fun as its name Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear white (white t-shirt included with registration) as they run or walk through a course with several "color splash zones." Each zone is a different color and as each runner/walker finishes the race they will have a very colorful t-shirt to take home!
June 2nd, 2013 at 1:00pm
Registration limited to first 1,000 participants.
Puklich Chevrolet, Midcontinent Communications, and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA have teamed up to bring Bismarck-Mandan the Color Splash Fun DashTM. 100% of race proceeds will go directly to the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign!
Funds raised from the Strong Kids Campaign directly impact the children in our community. Kids that normally would not have the opportunity to do swimming lessons or summer day camp are able to gain those experiences because of the Strong Kids Campaign.
- Elyse Puklich, President of Puklich Chevrolet Bismarck
We are very excited to be a part of the planning and fundraising for the Color Splash Fun Dash. It’s such a fun idea, supports a great cause, and we think it will be a really big hit with the Bismarck Community.
- Jan Fipps, Retail Manager at Midcontient Communications
The Y is so excited to be a part of the Color Splash Fun Dash, to bring a concept so popular in metropolitan areas to our community. We are so grateful that Puklich Chevrolet and Midcontinent Communications support the work we do through the Strong Kids Campaign.
- Bill Bauman, Executive Director Missouri Valley Family YMCA
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign
The Missouri Valley Family YMCA is committed to serving the Bismarck-Mandan Community through programs and resources that nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. The Y works hard each day to turn no one away because of the inability to pay. As a nonprofit, the Y relies on the funds raised through the annual Strong Kids Campaign to be able to continue to offer the programs and resources that matter to our community.
In 2012, our Y gave over $350,000 in fee assistance and no-cost programming to almost 3,000 kids and adults. However, even with funds raised through the Strong Kids Campaign and support from the United Way, our Y still faced a charitable support gap of over $95,000. Five key program areas receive Strong Kids Campaign funding:
In 2012, 953 second graders gained life-changing confidence as they learned basic swim mechanics and water safety skills in SPLASH.
Last year, we helped 10 families afford child care with a scholarship to the Youth Development Center.
Over 164 kids received a scholarship to experience the Y through Summer Day Camp in 2012. It was the opportunity to discover the bold outdoors in a fun and safe environment.
Youth Recreation Pass
Since 1981, our Y has offered a free Youth Recreation Pass to all kids grades K-6 . In 2012, this pass gave 1,062 kids a safe, healthy, and constructive place to belong and at no cost to families.
Last year, over 700 youth and adults received financial assistance for a YMCA membership giving families the opportunity to reconnect and growth together.
The Color Splash Fun DashTM Charity 5K course has fun for everyone! Winding through the Bismarck State College Campus, this course offers:
- Hills for those who literally want to run their butts off.
- Five color splash zones for those looking for the perfect photo opp with their friends.
- Inflatables for the kids! Starting at 11:30am, inflatables will be available to kids ages 4+ during the pre-party event. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Inflatables will close once race has started.
- Parking! With a race on Sunday, there will be lots of open parking spaces around the BSC campus - park where you can find a spot. Please note: Due to a swim meet at the Aquatics Center, please do not park in the Aquatics Center's west parking lot. Also, parking will not be available in the High Plains Art Center parking lot.
The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a fun run/walk. Race distance is an approximate 5K or 3.1 miles.
Register Here! Registration limited to first 1,000 participants - register early to secure a spot!
Individual Participant: $30
4+ person Color Team: $25/person (you must register everyone at the same time).
Kids age 5 and under: Free!
Q: Color Splash Fun DashTM? Wow, that’s fun to say! What is it?
A: The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a non-competitive charity 5K for all ages and all abilities. 100% of race proceeds go directly to the Misssouri Valley Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Q: You’re gonna splash WHAT on me?
A: You know your dream of becoming a human rainbow? Your wish is our command! Don’t worry; all color is 100% safe, non-toxic, and also biodegradable. It is made from food grade quality cornstarch and food color. 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 wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers). DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES TO THIS RACE!
Q: This sounds awesome! I won a potato sack race once in the 6th grade, will my training be similar?
A: Hey, congrats on that potato sack race! Luckily, our race is non-competitive. So run, walk, jump, skip, or crawl to the finish line. Just be you! You’ll have the time of your life... and won’t be timed!
Q: Since 100% of the proceeds go to the Strong Kids Campaign, can kids participate?
A: Excellent point. The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a family event. Kids 5 and under run free with an adult, but do not receive a t-shirt - no need to register them. Here’s your chance to show your kids age 6+ how much fun being active can be. Kids 6+ must be registered to participate!
Q: I’m so happy this is a family event! I will probably need to bring a stroller, is that okay?
A: Jogging and regular strollers are fine (scooters, bicycles, and skateboards are not.) We just ask that you head to the back of the starting line crowd to minimize traffic congestion. And remember, you will be taking your kid & stroller through the color splash zones so both will end up with color on them.
Q: My dogs are members of my family, can they come?
A: While we think a multi-colored canine would be cool, pets are not allowed at the Color Splash Fun DashTM.
Q: I need a new profile picture. Can I take one at the race?
A: You bet! However, if you do bring your camera, phone, or any other electronic, we recommend keeping it in a plastic bag to keep the color dust out!
Q: Since the race is on a Sunday, should I wear my Sunday best?
A: You’ll want to wear clothes you are comfortable in and aren’t afraid to get SPLASHED with COLOR! However, this might just be the best day of your life, so feel free to where whatever you desire. We recommend wearing white because it shows off color the best. The color will for the most part wash out of your clothes. However, we recommend not wearing anything that you will be upset about getting stained.
Q: Will the color stain my clothes or shoes?
A: 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 preserve the color in your shirt for a fun souvenir, spray it with vinegar and iron it before you wash it.
Q: I have a really rad Ninja Turtles costume; can I wear it to the Color Splash Fun Dash?
A: Heck Yes! We love costumes! The whiter the better, because it will be colorful by the finish line!
Q: Will the color get in my car?
A: We will have changing stations and places to clean-up before you get in your car, but you may want to bring a towel or some plastic bags along to cover your seats, just in case. However, if you do get some in your vehicle, it should be dusted away or vacuumed easily.
Q: Can I bring my neighbors (or mom, dad, aunts and uncles) to support me?
A: Absolutely! And might we say, you have cool neighbors! Keep in mind your guests may want to come expecting to get splashed with some color or make sure they stay a safe distance back.
Q: Puklich Packet Pick-up?
A: Quick, say that 5 times fast! Your packet(s) can be picked up at Puklich Chevrolet from 7am-7pm on Friday, May 31st or from 8am-5pm on Saturday, June 1st. Race day packet pickup is available Sunday, June 2nd from 11:30am-12:45pm.
Q: Can I register the day-of the Color Splash Fun DashTM?
A: Registration is limited to the first 1000 paid participants (kids under the age of 5 are free and do not need to register). We do not anticipate still having spots available the day-of. Like us on Facebook to stay tuned!
Q: You planned a fun dash in North Dakota in June? What’s the weather forecast?
A: We put our order in early, but you never know. The Color Splash Fun DashTM will be held regardless of the weather conditions, unless deemed too dangerous. In the event there is a zombie apocalypse, the event will be canceled.
Q: Can you refund my registration?
A: And miss out on all the fun?! Unfortunately, no, we do not have a way to refund registrations. However, you can still pick up your packet and race goodies, or you can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event.
Q: Can I transfer my registration?
A: Yep! You can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event.
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