The Color Obsctacle Rush is a unique event combining the fun of colour powdered runs, the thrill of an obstacle course and the atmosphere of a music festival.
Over half a million participants have taken part so far; we couldn’t be more thankful for all of you, lovely Rushers! That’s why we want to step up another notch for the 6th edition of Color Obstacle Rush UK in 2020 and bring you a 5k that’s even more memorable than before!
20 obstacles, 8 colour stations, 20 music zones, a chill out area, ‘colour from the sky’ and colour festivals… and much more!
In 2020 all the obstacles will be new, something that we believe will become your new favourites. There will be a bunch of new inflatables to slide, bounce, tumble and get tangled up in, (with colour stations inside some of them), some space hopper racing, foam and plenty of other surprises we don’t want to give out just yet!
Everyone loves music. So we’ll bring you 20 music zones that will be placed around the course to keep you jammin’ between all the obstacles and colour.
After all the fun you’ve just had during warm-ups, on the course and in the colour festival, you’ll have a chance to relax in our special chill-out oasis.
The course is designed to be fun rather than crazy challenging and is suitable for most (as long as you’re at least 12 years old).
So while you may not have made the cut for the National Team, you can still conquer the Rush with us!
Although this is a ‘running’ event you don’t have to run if you don’t feel like it. In fact, usually there are as many people walking (or dancing!) through the course as running!
As always, we pay a lot of attention to safety. That’s why we have dedicated a crew for the whole tour to ensure the best possible events.
The first Colour Obstacle Rush was held in Finland in 2014 under the Finnish name ‘Variestejuoksu’. The 2014 tour became the most popular obstacle run series in Scandinavia. With the inaugural season being a smashing success, we have expanded to the US and Europe since 2015 with even more Event concepts to come in 2020.
This really is the event you shouldn’t miss. Sign up now and join the fun!
The Color Obstacle Rush is an event for anyone aged 12 and above. However, the inflatable obstacles are designed for adults so they might be challenging for children. Participants between 12 and 15 years need to be accompanied by an adult (someone 18 or older) at the event at all times. One guardian can look after the maximum of 5 minors during the event. Please note that the guardian must be a registered participant at the event in the same start group with the minor. Participants between 16 and 17 years can participate in the event without a supervisor; however, please notice that the parent/legal guardian has to sign the waiver form and the terms and conditions on behalf of the minor.
If you are 12 or over you are welcome to attend the event! Please note that participants between 12 and 15 years need to be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or a responsible adult of 18-or-over at the event at all times. One guardian can take responsibility for a maximum of 5 minors. Please note that the parent/guardian must also be a registered participant in the event at the same start group.
Minors (12–15 years old) are able to take part in the event also with another adult (over 18) than the legal parent or guardian by providing us a written permission signed by their legal guardian. Please note that the legal guardian has to sign the waiver of the minor; temporary guardian is not allowed to sign it! Without the signed minor waiver the participant won’t be allowed to participate in the event. You can print the waivers here
Participants between 16 and 17 years can participate in the event without a supervisor but please notice that a parent or a legal guardian has to sign the waiver form and the terms and conditions on behalf of the minor. Responsible adult is not allowed to sign the waiver and terms and conditions on behalf of a minor. Participants between 16 and 17 years will not be allowed to participate without a signed waiver by a parent or a legal guardian.
Some of the obstacles have a weight limit of 100 kg per person, but participants can always skip these obstacles! 🙂
You can join the Color Obstacle Rush as an individual, join an existing team or create your own. We offer a 10% discount for all teams of 4 people or more — here’s how it works:
To get the team discount for yourself and all your team members you must register 4 or more people at your initial check-out. More people can join your team later, too, and all of them will be eligible for -10% off (from the rate of the day they sign up).
You can always add more people to your team later by logging in to the Rusher profile that the first tickets were bought with. Once your team has at least 4 members, everyone who buys a ticket via this profile will be eligible for 10% off (from the price of the day) when the same billing details are added at the checkout as during your team’s initial registration.
If you don’t have a crew of 4 just yet, you can still create a team. Please note that the group discount only applies to people who are registered after your team has reached 4 members! For example: First you buy two tickets, no discount. Later you buy two more tickets; these two will get -10%, and all tickets bought after this will receive the discount too.
Note for anyone who wishes to join a team afterwards – tickets in each start slot are subject to availability! If your group ends up having different start times, you can always transfer your whole crew to any start group that still has availability by editing the start time on the Ticket in your Rusher profiles.
If you have friends who’d like to join your team after you’ve made the initial entry, they are still allowed to do so. By logging into your account that you created to initially sign up to the event (with your email and the password you chose), you can buy more tickets in your order. If the initial booking already has three or more participants signed up, the additional 10% discount applies to the new ticket once the same billing details are added at the checkout as during your team’s initial registration.
Kindly note that even if you sign up more people to your team, we can’t guarantee that there will be spots left in that start group. However, if you want to get all your peeps together after they have ended up all over the start group jungle, you can always move your whole crew in any start group that still has availability. In your Rusher profile you can change your start time to any other slot that still has availability by choosing a new start group from the drop down menu. Remember to save changes and download a new ticket before the event!
If you are pregnant or have any issues with your health we recommend you to consult your doctor before entering the Color Obstacle Rush. Although our mission is to make the race as safe as possible to every participant, there is always the possibility of unforeseeable incidents (such as falling or bumping into another person).
Then we’ll be dancing in the rain! The rain may make the race a little bit slower in general so you might need to wait a little bit longer to get to the obstacles.
As long as there are not strong winds, the event will take place – stay tuned with updates by following the event’s Facebook page. Please note that if the wind is too strong we might have to take down some of the inflatable obstacles for safety reasons.
You can change your start time to another wave by yourself (provided the wave is not sold out) by contacting our customer service or in your Rusher profile yourself. You can change your start slot to any start slot that still has availability in your Rusher profile by choosing a new start group from the drop down menu. Remember to save changes and download a new ticket before the event!
The entry fee to Color Obstacle Rush is non-refundable. However, you can either transfer your place to another person or transfer your participation to some other Color Obstacle Rush event arranged within a year.
You are able to transfer your registration to another person in your Rusher profile yourself: just change the details of the new participant to the profile. Remember to save changes and download the ticket for the new participant! A link to your own Rusher profile will have been sent to you via email when you first registered.
It is possible to transfer the registration to another Color Obstacle Rush event arranged within a year (please note that we can’t guarantee that there will be events at the same locations also next year). With a medical certificate you can transfer your participation free of charge. Without a certificate there will be a £10 transfer fee per person. You can submit and pay the transfer by contacting our customer service here.
The course is approximately 5k (3.1 miles) long. However, please note that the final distance may vary depending on the venue and terrain.
There will be a large variety of inflatable obstacles, foam, music, strobe tunnel and other fun surprises. Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to the number and range of the obstacles: depending on the venue, terrain, weather and other circumstances we might not be able to use all of our obstacles at every Color Obstacle Rush event.
Ground up rainbows and 80’s neon trousers! Just kidding. The powder is actually dyed corn starch. Our product has been tested in the UK by SGS that states that all our ingredients are permitted according The EU Cosmetic Regulation 1223 / 2009. Also, we use only fire retardant color powder in all of the Color Obstacle Rush events!
All our colour powders come from www.holicolorpowders.com
Not only are you joining the most fun-filled running experience of your life, you will also receive an official Color Obstacle Rush T-shirt, a personal colour packet and a finisher medal.
You can pick up your participant pack and any extra gear you may have ordered at the day of the event. Please show up approximately 45 minutes to an hour before your start time to ensure you have enough time for the pickup, bag drop and the Warm Up.
Please note that we don’t hand out colour packets before the run: participants will get their colour packets at the finish line.
You will need your printed ticket (or just download or take a photo of it on your phone), your ID card, printed and signed waiver (see and download here), comfortable clothing and also some cash for the cloakroom, parking and the Store. And don’t forget your smile! 🙂
Comfortable clothing is a good start, as are comfortable running shoes. All Rushers are encouraged to wear light coloured clothing as the colour powder shows best on light colours. As part of signing up, we will provide you with a free Color Obstacle Rush T-Shirt, which most of our Rushers wear for the event. Do not wear anything with sharp edges that might cause injury to other participants or damage the inflatable obstacles along the course. Please note the course includes obstacles where you slide and crawl, so wearing long pants is a good idea.
Although all of the ingredients in the coloured powder we use are FDA approved, they might still cause an allergic reaction to those who have asthma, allergies or are sensitive to dust. Therefore appropriate protective gear, such as goggles, sunglasses, bandanas and face masks should be worn to protect the eyes and face from exposure to the coloured powder during the event. We do not recommend using contact lenses!
If you have blond hair you can apply conditioner or olive oil to your hair before the event. That will help cleaning up afterwards! You can also cover your hair with a bandana or beanie or space helmet during the event if you wish.
You will be able to leave clothing in our controlled cloakroom. The cloakroom will cost £1 per participant and you will also be charged £1 for each visit (apart from when you pick up your belongings to leave of course). Please ensure that you have the correct change with you.
Each participant will be able to leave one bag in the cloakroom. As cloakroom space is limited, we will not accept any bags that are bigger than a regular size rucksack or can’t be hung or weigh more than 5 kg. Permitted items are a jacket or a regular size rucksack (large items such as duffel bags are not allowed).
We also strongly recommend that you leave any valuable items at home. The Color Obstacle Rush will accept no liability for any items that are lost or damaged whilst in the cloakroom.
You can carry your cell phone during the run in an armband or in an oh-so-fashionable bum bag. However, the race includes some foam and water features (fun, right?!) so we can’t guarantee that the phone will stay dry unless you go around the ‘wet’ obstacles. You can also put your phone in a clear zipped bag, but please note that it would be difficult to perform some of the obstacles with a cell phone in your hand.
You can take your action camera (like GoPro) with you, but please note that selfie sticks are not allowed for safety reasons! If you would like to use for example a chest harness for your action camera, please make sure that the harness is safe and the clips will open if the harness gets caught on an obstacle.
We love photos! There will be one or more professional photographers stationed along the course to capture the Rush. The photos will be posted on the Color Obstacle Rush Facebook page after each event. We will also use the photos in our advertisements in the future.
Unfortunately, they are not able to capture everyone, and so if you want to take your own photos you can put your mobile phone or camera in a clear zipped bag and take plenty of your own photos along the way. It can be difficult to navigate some of the inflatable obstacles with a cell phone or camera in your hand, so if you are bringing your own device along be sure to have a secure place to store it. Please note that there will be colour powder, foam and water splashes during the course.
Color Obstacle Rush is an alcohol free event – we promise that you will have a lot of fun without drinking! 😉
If you arrive by car, most of our venues offer paid parking (up to £5). The parking fees are paid in cash only. To avoid queues, kindly make sure that you bring exact change with you. We will provide more information about arriving to the venue in our information letter which we send out 2 weeks prior to the Event.
If you come to the event by car, we strongly recommend carpooling, because there will be a lot of participants arriving at the venue.
Spectators can gain entry to the Color Obstacle Rush free of charge. Many of the venues don’t lend themselves well to spectator viewing so we unfortunately can’t recommend bringing a whole lot of entourage with you. The size and location of the public space depends on the event venue. Please note that spectators do not have access to the start and finish festival area and/or are not permitted to access every part of the course for safety reasons.
We will e-mail you with more details about practicalities approximately 2 weeks before the event.
Unfortunately, we are not able to get cleaning stations at the event venues. In fine weather it is quite easy to shake the colour off your clothes. In damp weather we recommend you to bring change of clothes or some towels or large plastic bag with you to prevent your car or public transport from getting coloured.
After you have finished the event just blow all the excess colour off dry before entering the shower. After your first shower some of the colour still might show a little but don’t ya worry: after couple of washes you should be as clean as brand new!
It’s best to wash all your clothes first separately in cold water. If you are not sure how to do it just ask your mother. 🙂
Yes, it is possible to work as a volunteer. Volunteers will get a free ticket to the Color Obstacle Rush: You can sign up for the day before the event or you can volunteer on the event itself. If you sign up for the day before the event, you get a free ticket to the same event, and if you volunteer on the day of the event itself, we will give you a ticket to any other upcoming Color Obstacle Rush event within a year. In the latter case, kindly note that we can’t guarantee that next year there will be events held on the exact same locations as this year.
Regarding the tasks of the volunteers: before the event we will be needing help in all preparatory tasks, such as opening packages, putting items in order, putting up fences and taking care of the general cleanliness of the area. During the event you will get to hand out finisher medals and color packs at the finish line. Or if you prefer, you can act as a chearer or a mascot, chearing the runners along the track and on the Festival Area! We will also need you to help us maintain the general cleanliness of the area.
Please note that we have a limited number of places for volunteers. The registration forms for our volunteers will open in 2020. Once they have been opened, you can sign up as a volunteer HERE.