Rainbow Run is an un-timed 400m circuit in which Rainbow Runners are splashed from head to toe as they conquer different obstacles to make their way to the finish line. Participants will commence with a quick warm up and conclude Rainbow Run with a Finish Party.
Online registrations for the Rainbow Run are now open. Register your spot to receive a Rainbow Run info pack on the day.
Registrations: Applications close 11.59pm, Friday 27 March 2020.
Time: Participants will report to the Rainbow Run registration area prior to entering the circuit on Saturday 4 April 2020. Participants will receive their Rainbow Run info packs prior to commencing.
If you are under 18, you will need to make sure that your waiver form is signed by your parent or legal guardian.
DOWNLOAD THE WAIVER FORM HERE(PDF, 287KB)
READ RAINBOW RUN TERMS AND CONDITIONS(PDF, 331KB)
RAINBOW RUN FAQs
What is Rainbow Run?
Rainbow Run is an un-timed 400m circuit in which Rainbow Runners are splashed from head to toe as they conquer different obstacles to make their way to the finish line. Participants will commence with a quick warm up and conclude with a Finish Party. There are only 2 rules – wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in colour.
Does it cost to participate in the Rainbow Run?
No, it is free to participate. Make sure to register your spot.
How can I register for the Rainbow Run?
Registrations are available online on the Fairfield City Council website.
If you are under 18 years, you are required to complete a waiver form by legal parent/guardian prior to participating in the Rainbow Run.
Please read the Terms and Conditions(PDF, 331KB) prior to the day.
Can I register for the Rainbow Run on event day?
Registrations will not be taken on the day. Register now to secure a spot by visiting this page.
A cloak room / pram parking valet will also be available here to secure your items or to keep a spare change of clothes.
Is there an age restriction for the Rainbow Run?
No, Rainbow Run is for all ages and all abilities.
Can I bring my bike or scooter?
Due to safety concerns, unfortunately we cannot allow for any bikes or scooters on our course.
Is the event wheelchair friendly?
Our courses are all wheelchair friendly. However, many of our events are on grass or possibly uneven ground. Therefore, we suggest an all-terrain wheelchair or bring along a friend with you who can help you out through some of the trickier parts of the course.
Also keep in mind, your wheelchair will get colourful! Be sure to protect your wheelchair if this is of concern to you.
What should I wear to Rainbow Run?
Rainbow Runners will need to bring your own white t-shirt (or buy one for $3 from Kmart!) and comfortable shoes. Make sure to bring along your hat, water bottle and apply sunscreen.
Will the colour ruin clothes or running shoes?
The colour 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 colourful.
The colour may stick to your shoes a little more, so you may notice a spec or two in the weeks following the run. Let it be a reminder of how great your day was! Or if you would prefer to keep your runners in perfect condition, we suggest you wear an old pair.
How can I protect my hair?
While the coloured powder will usually wash out after a few washes, we do suggest you take a few extra precautions on event morning, especially if you do have blonde hair.
We recommend you put oil through your hair before participating. This could be a morrocon oil, coconut oil or even a leave in conditioner. You may also want to get creative and cover your hair with a wig, hat, shower cap or bandana, especially if you do not want to risk having any colour in your hair post event.
If wet weather is predicted, we strongly recommend you take these precautions and cover your hair. As the powder tends to stick more when it is raining, it is much more likely to result in damage to your hair (It can take up to 14 days to remove all traces of the colour from your luscious locks!).
Can I run with my pet?
For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals on the course.
How is the colour administered along the course?
There will be five different colour stations where our event volunteers will splash you in colourful powdered paint to ensure that you look multi-coloured.
You will see friendly faces along the course whose main goal is to splash you in colourful powder to ensure that you look like you ran through a beautiful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line.
What happens after I finish the course?
At the finish line, pose and smile for the camera for your chance to win some great prizes. Dust off at the cleaning station and head over to the recovery area. Visit our food stalls and grab a warm hot chocolate, yummy donut or fresh piece of fruit to re-fuel.
How does the colour affect the inside of cars?
Ponchos and/or garbage bags will be provided on exit to use in cars or on public transport.
Does the Rainbow Run affect runner vision? Or breathing?
The colour powder used at The Rainbow Run event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colours are a combination of corn starch, baking soda, and FD&C dyes. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our certified colour throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by. Some Rainbow Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.
Are cameras and phones safe to have in the colour zones?
Our photographers are generally fine shooting from a medium distance of 15 metres, but to be totally safe we always recommend covering cameras/phones with a protective dust wrap. Those colourful powder particles are sneaky and the Rainbow Run is not liable for any damage that might be done to your camera!
Is the Rainbow Run timed?
The Rainbow Run is not a timed event. Runners tend to take their sweet time out there and we realised no one really cares about their speed. We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time.
What happens if there is bad weather?
A little rain won’t stop the Rainbow Run. It even makes the colour brighter! If there are major weather warnings during the weekend of the event, check the city event webpage, and stay tuned for emails with updates.
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