Be in the Know: CMY5K

Add a splash of cyan, magenta and yellow while running for a cause.

Looking for a little color in your life?  Bored by traditional 5k runs?  In CMY5K, runners are pelted with colored powder at different points along the 5km course.  Entrants may start out with a plain white t-shirt, but they end up looking like a kindergartener’s art project. 

CMY5K is short for cyan, magenta and yellow: the primary printing colors. Add that to 5K (for five kilometers), and you’ve got a fun run that actually lives up to the name.

Teams consist of at least four people, but there’s no maximum cap on how many can be in a group.  Creative team names are encouraged; in fact, CYM5K will feature your team name and photo on their Facebook page.  The CMY5K is limited to the first 5,000 runners and they expect it to fill up quickly, so register soon!

Entrants get a CMY5K race shirt, color pouch (for throwing after you cross the finish line), race number, some sponsor swag, and credit for a charitable donation.  A portion of your entrance fee goes to three local causes: Seattle Children’s Autism Guild, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and Seattle Humane: The Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

There are absolutely no harmful effects from the colored powder.  If you’re worried about getting some in your eye, wear goggles or sunglasses. If you’re worried about your clothes or shoes, don’t worry: it’ll all wash out.  After the race, visit one of the air stations to get most of the color dust blown off of you—you won’t be completely color-free, but it should be enough for the drive home.

Who:  Anyone looking to get a little more color in their life—kids are welcome.

When: Sunday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m.

Where: Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE)

How much: Registration is $40 for a single entrant, $35 if you’re on a team.