Photos: Color Me Rad 5K Run thrills thousands in Eugene

Posted by Michael Arellano, Tess Freeman, and Mason Trinca on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 1:46 pm.

A half-dozen pair of hands emerge from the billowing clouds of multicolored cornstarch that swirl amidst a choking crowd of Color Me Rad 5K participants. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Clouds of multicolored cornstarch are thrown into the air in unison, creating a visual aura of color as seen from the heights of a cherry picker. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A trio of girls pass through Maurie Jacobs Park and head toward the Greenway Bike Bridge as they complete the run’s final portion. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A runner emits a scream towards the sky after finishing the Color Me Rad 5K run in Eugene, Ore., on Sat., April 13, 2013. The run, which originated in Utah in 2012, has now expanded to over 40 states across the U.S. and includes several Canadian cities as well. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A pair of children lead the sprint out of the starting gates as the second wave of Color Me Rad 5K groups is released. The event route traces the North and South Bank trail portions of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail System, with the start/finish lines located in the Valley River Center parking lots. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Runners pass through the a cloud of pink cornstarch during the last stretch of the 5K run. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

Senior University of Oregon student Gricela Nariscal takes in the mob of color-drenched Color Me Rad 5K participants from a safe distance through the lens of her iPhone. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Participants wildly grab at packets of multicolored cornstarch flung from the heights of a cherry picker by the event’s emcee. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Participants wildly grab at packets of multicolored cornstarch flung from the heights of a cherry picker by the event’s emcee. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Charles Sloan’s head is cradled between the hands of his girlfriend Andrea Lewis after the pair completed their first run together. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A quintet of friends leap off the Color Me Rad 5K’s main stage as they celebrate their completion of the run. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A crowd of participants throw clouds of multicolored cornstarch into the air in unison as they celebrate their completion of the Color Me Rad 5K run. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

An Australian Shepherd displays the vibrant colors from the Color Me Rad 5K’s multicolored cornstarch in its coat. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Six-year-old brothers Casey, left, and John Green stand alongside the fencing near the starting blocks as their mother, Angel, runs in the Color Me Rad 5K. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Avery Blakely hugs the branches of a blossoming tree as she watches her mother and older sister participate in the Color Me Rad 5K run. “It’s really cool!” the eight year old remarked after witnessing her first run event. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A Color Me Rad participant, foreground, is met by a wall of hand-flung pink cornstarch thrown by a run volunteer (background) near the finish line of the run. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Participants walk down the South Bank of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail during the Color Me Rad 5K event in Eugene, Ore. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

University of Oregon sophomore Anton Cauduro tosses pink cornstarch at runners during the Color Me Rad 5K event. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

The crowd listens to the emcee moments before commencing the 5K run down the North Bank trail near Valley River Center in Eugene, Ore. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

Brian Nesslr hands an unopened packet of colored cornstarch to his three-year-old daughter Ellakoy after completing the 5K run. Mr. Nesslr participated in the Color Me Rad event to celebrate the recent news of his cancer going into remission. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

The runners celebrate by throwing colorful packets of cornstarch in unison at the end of the Color Me Rad 5K run. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

A crowd cheers and reaches for the sky as the emcee launches colorful packets to the mass after completing the Color Me Rad 5K run. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

At the end of the 5K run, participants gather in masses and launch cornstarch packets into the air in celebration of completing the of the Color Me Rad 5K event. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

A street sweeper cleans off a layer of orange cornstarch in the Valley River Center parking lot during the end of the Color Me Rad 5K event. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

Maddilyn Lewis holds her mother Chelsey’s hand as both walk back to the starting line during the Color Me Rad 5K run. (Mason Trinca/Emerald)

Partcipants throw color in the air at the end of the Color Me Rad 5k. At the finish line, participants received a free T-shirt and color packets to throw in the air. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Chaundra Johnson and her son, Jace, throw color powder in the air in celebration after completing the Color Me Rad 5K. The family traveled from Bend the night before to run. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Kallie Hart and Alyssa play in the pink powder left over from one of the color stations on the Color Me Rad ecourse.  Runners paid $30 per person and 50 percent of profits go to The Relief Nursery. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

A girl runs through one of the color stations on the Color Me Rad 5K. The event is a fundraiser for The Relief Nursery and travels from city to city. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

A boy receives a face full of pink powder from one of the volunteers at the Color Me Rad 5K event. Participants were showered with color several times throughout the run. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Sarah Tunnell and Nikki Steele do snow angels in the pink powder after the final color station along the Color Me Rad 5K course. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Runners emerge from the final color station along the Color Me Rad 5K course on Saturday morning. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Runners complete the final stretch of the Color Me Rad 5K course on Saturday morning. The course followed both sides of the River Path at ended at the Valley River Center. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Volunteers Happi Matthews and Joel SIlva throw some pink powder on a runner right before he crosses the finish line at the Color Me Rad 5K Saturday morning at the River Valley Center. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Only glimpses of foliage could be seen amidst the cornstarch-caked shrubbery that lines the parking lots of the Valley River Center. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A hexacopter drone glides through the sky as it hoists a GoPro Hero camera high above the crowds of celebratory Color Me Rad 5K participants. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)



  • Sheryl

    Nice photos

  • J. A. Frey

    Wish someone had proofread the captions more carefully before posting this— several photos state that colored FLOUR was used, when this was not the case. All of the dry colorant was cornstarch.

    Regardless, the 5K was a blast for most of us, the exception being some of the smaller children who wore out quickly or were too cold. However, most participants were smiling as they went, and we were lucky enough that it didn’t rain on us. Can’t wait ’til next year to do this again!!

  • patricia

    guess what we were turned away at the mall while wearing our colors after the race actually asked to leave by a security guard no colored people allowed we badly wanted to eat and spend money evidently a safety hazard but we felt discriminated against next year ill bet some food vendors would make a bundle for good cause what about juices and wrap sandwiches

    • Lance Jacobs

      Really? A safety hazard for you to enter the Valley River mall?

      If that is considered a safety hazard, then what sort of safety hazard are the run participants being exposed to???

      Sounds like a bunch of B.S. to me.

  • buddyp

    Awesome photos! What’s the dog’s name?

  • chaundra

    I would love to get this picture if I could. Anyone give me details on how to get rights to print it? Thank you!

    Ps. It is Chaundra Johnson and son Jace not the other way :)

    • EmeraldCopyEditor

      Thanks for letting us know about the caption; it’s been fixed.

      Your photo request has been passed along to Tess, who took the photo.

      — Emerald Copy Editor

      • Clint Abernathy

        Still not fixed … Her name is Chaundra, not Chundra.

  • Julian B.

    Michael, Mason & Tess, these photographs are outstanding and capture the day for those of us unable to be there! The first image is Pulitzer worthy – perfect timing with the hands appearing above the clouds and a small window into some of the runners below. I always enjoy seeing the great work of each of you. Keep it up!

  • http://twitter.com/RealPaul Paul Gilbert

    These are fantastic photographs. I’m doing the Run in June, so this helps me get an idea how much fun its going to be.

  • Renee

    Check your facts. Color Me Rad isn’t going to donate 50% to charity.