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7th Annual...and Last!    Saturday May 25, 2019    10:00 a.m.    Columbia Lake, Waterloo, Ontario

Yes, this event is taking place rain or shine.

Online registration is now closed.  But you can still register in person either Friday or Saturday at the times and locations listed below under 'Registration Options'.

We got swept up in the colour run fad back in 2012, and we've been at it ever since! But we only have one year of colour powder left, and we don't plan to order any more. This is it Waterloo! And there are only 385 spots available!

Celebrate running in Kitchener-Waterloo with In Running Colour. Join us and support Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo.  

All participants will receive a white race t-shirt for maximum colour exposure, plus colour packs and Run Waterloo novelty sunglasses.

Available discounts for this race:

Run Waterloo members save 20% on all entry fees. Plus much more. Learn more or join today. Join one of our official group partners and save 10% on entry fees. Health and Performance. Runners' Choice. Running Rarebits. Looking for active team building opportunities? Inquire about our corporate group packages!

Registration fees

4 KM Closed

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  • Individual. Runners receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, and two colour packets. Price includes tax. This event is not timed.

    1. Registration closed

1 KM Closed

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  • Individual. 12 and under (and parents/guardians!). Runners receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, and two colour packets. Price includes tax. This event is not timed.

    1. Registration closed

Run Plus

This event is part of Run Waterloo's Run Plus series.  Run Pure

These events are truly running events, but with a twist. Whether it's colour, beer, or a Santa suit, this plus experience makes these runs fun and fresh.

Explore all Run Plus events. 

Registration Options

REGISTRATION POLICY:  All entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable. There are no exceptions once a person has registered.  


  • Drop off: At Runners’ Choice, 55 Erb St E, Waterloo by Tuesday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Online: Right here at by Friday May 24 at 12:00 noon. 

After these dates, entries will only be accepted at Kit Pickup.


Race Kits & T-shirt/Colour Pickup will take place:

Runners’ Choice, Friday May 24, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (2 hours)

Columbia Lake (field behind OpenText), Saturday May 25, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registrations will be accepted at these times and locations.

You can earn a FREE ENTRY by raising $100 in pledges!  It's easy; see below for more information!

Shirt and Colour Information

All participants will receive a white cotton race t-shirt which should be worn during the race for maximum colour exposure!  In the Designated Colour Zones (DCZ), all participants will be blitzed with a series of colours. 

In their kit, each participant will receive an individual packet of colour for their own individual use, and a pair of sunglasses. Feel free to bring goggles or anything else you feel necessary! Participants also receive one colour packet after the run. 

Additional colour packets will be available for sale to bombard your friends!

After the 4 KM, all participants will have the opportunity to watch the 1 KM event for kids!  

Charity Support

Proceeds and pledges from In Running Colour will go to support  Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo.  

Signing up and running helps out, but please also consider collecting pledges!  Every participant who raises a minimum of $100 gets a full entry fee refund.

The top pledge raiser wins a BBQ!


Minimum $50 in Pledges - Free Saucony Socks

Minumum $100 in Pledges - Free Entry plus Socks

Minimum $250 in Pledges - $100 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks

Minimum $500 in Pledges - $200 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks

Top Fundraiser - will receive a BBQ

Two ways to fundraise:

1. All runners have their own online page to securely raise money.  

2. To collect pledges in-person (with cash or cheque), a paper form is available.

Directions and Parking

Directions to Columbia Lake:

From Hwy 401 take exit 278 (from Toronto) or exit 278B (from London) to Hwy 8 West Kitchener.

Exit at Hwy 85 Waterloo.

Exit at University Ave. West (second University Ave. exit).

Turn right at Weber Street North.

Turn left at Columbia Street West.

Turn right at Hagey Boulevard at the University of Waterloo.



Parking is available for free at the University of Waterloo, Lot X

It is an 800m walk along Frank Tompa Drive to the venue

Course Details and Information

  • Course Notes
    • The 4 KM and 1 KM events are not timed races, and the courses are not certified distances. 
    • There will be one water station on the 4 KM on the course.
    • Each KM will be marked.
    • Courses are subject to change pending approval and external factors.
  • 4 KM Course Description
    • Starting at the the west shore of Columbia Lake, run south on the Trans Canada Trail to Columbia St. W.
    • Turn right onto Columbia St. W.
    • Turn right onto Westmount Rd. N. 
    • Turn right onto Bearinger Rd.
    • Turn right onto the Trans Canada Trail.  
    • Run South to the Start/Finish line!
  • 1 KM Course Description
    • Starting at the Start/Finish venue, the 1 KM will follow a 1 KM route around the field.  
    • Parents are encouraged to run the 1 KM with their children.  If you have already registered for (and run) the 4 KM, then don't register again.  Otherwise, parents are welcome to register for the 1 KM.
  • There is no timing or awards at this event.  Participation is strictly for fun and colour!  

Post Race


Enjoy the group celebration of colour (see photo above) and a variety of refreshments following your run.



Grand Prize Draw: Beautiful T-Shirt Quilt!

Bonus Draw Prize: A pair of Saucony Shoes.

Winners must be present to claim prizes.

Thank you to our race sponsors

The sponsors recognized on this page have generously contributed financial support, products and/or services to In Running Colour and we encourage your ongoing support of these generous companies and organizations.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible!


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Event Schedule

  • May 25 8:00 AM EDT - Race Day Registration Opens

  • May 25 10:00 AM EDT - 4KM Wave 1 Starts

  • May 25 11:15 AM EDT - 1KM Starts (after last 4KM runner)

Contact Information

Event Location

Frank Tompa Drive, Waterloo, ON, Canada

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