EVENT INFORMATION & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is this Colorful Dash “Now with NEON” anyways? This fun 5k run/ walk and cookie rally is our kickoff to the cookie season – get it… cookie “kick off!” This is where you get showered with colorful powder on a healthy 5k adventure, now at night, with a cool head lamp, black lights, glow-in-the-dark lights AND a cookie kick off all mashed up for a fun time with DJ’s and food trucks and cookie tastings! Why would you want to miss this?
We’ve done this event before why should we do it again? What’s new? Well, if you’ve attended Colorful Dash in the past you know it ROCKS; but you also know we change it up each year adding new fun aspects. This year we changed it up by swapping day for night, adding neon glow and changing the times. The event looks like this now:
- Cookie Kick Off: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
- Fall Top Seller & Science Fair Awards: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
- Group Color Throw: 4:45pm
- First Race step-off: 5:15pm
- Last Race step-off: 6:15pm
- Event Over: 7:00pm
What's the price and how do I register?
Event registration is ONLINE ONLY! No paper registration forms will be processed.
Pay by invoice option is for cookie/nutty dough and Juliette proceeds only.
The registration prices for the 2017 Colorful Dash are:
Early Bird Event Registration
10/22/2016 – 11/18/2016
$25.00 for ALL attendees, (Girls Scouts, Adults, Tag-a-Longs)
After 11/18/2016, the price increases to $35.00.
General Admission Pre-Registration
11/19/2016 – 12/13/2016
$35.00 for ALL attendees.
The last day for Online Pre-Registration is 12/13/2016. After that, the only way to register is on site at the event for $50.00. On site registration on January 14th includes race bib ONLY.
Can we use Cookie/Nutty Dough or Juliette Proceeds to pay for Colorful Dash Registration? Yes, you can! First, select Other Payment Options under the Order Now button and select Pay Offline. Complete your Eventbrite registration by clicking Send Invoice to get your order number. With your Eventbrite order number ready, complete the Alternate Payment Request Form. Please copy this link into a NEW window:https://girlscoutsgssgc.wufoo.com/forms/alternate-payment-request-form/
Your 2017 Colorful Dash Registration will NOT be complete until your payment information is received and verified. You will be contacted if you owe an additional balance. If you have any additional questions, please email Product Sales at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: GSSGC CANNOT split payment types for registration. Anyone using Cookie/Nutty Dough or Juliette Proceeds must register on a separate order than anyone paying with credit card.
Is the 5k race hard? No, that’s no fun! Hard races aren't fun; hard races are hard! We are a fun race with lots of super fun color, and we have plenty of people bring wagons or scooters for their littlest Girl Scouts. A Colorful Dash is the best way to be healthy and have fun with fellow Girl Scouts, make new friends, spend time with family or if you’re just a person who loves a color run at a great price! We don’t time this race – it’s a fun run/walk for a reason!
Do the “Color Throw Zones” affect runner vision? Or breathing? The color powder used at The Colorful Dash is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are a combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes. Our fabulous sparkle powder is more like make-up and is completely safe and, even more precisely, thrown on the lower half of your body. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our color throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by. Some Color Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths. If you choose to throw it on your face and or roll around in it on the ground, be aware it may get in ears or eyes and, while not harmful, it isn’t always a pleasant feeling.
Can I take pictures, film video or post to my Instagram/ Facebook/ Pinterest / Snapchat or any other social media? Of course! We will also have a couple photographers on hand! If you do bring your camera, phone, video camera, etc., we suggest keeping it in a plastic bag to keep the dust, (color powder,) out! We will not be held liable for a phone full of cornstarch. Additionally, your registration is also a photo release – meaning GSSGC can use your photos as well for publicity purposes. We will have an Instagram for the Colorful Dash; upload your pictures immediately to #colorfuldashgssgc, and see other people’s pictures too.
Are tag-a-longs or non-Girl Scout friends allowed? Yes, everyone loves to get colorfied! This event is open to the public. For insurance purposes, all non-Girl Scouts must register as General Admission.
Can my family or friends just come and watch? Everyone pays the same fee, regardless of if you want to run, walk, skate, scooter or bypass the race entirely and only go to the Cookie Kick Off event. “Watching” the race without a ticket means not getting to come into the Cookie Kick Off; so if they want to watch but not race, but still want to join you on the field, then everyone needs to register and pay the event fee. Anyone on the course or in the event area without their race bib will be escorted out by CSUSB Campus Security. No race bib means we cannot verify registration and release waiver acceptance, which is a liability for GSSGC and CSUSB.
Do I still need to pay for my little one? Children 4 years old and younger that are NOT registered Girl Scouts are free and will not receive any of the SWAG. You must check in your little one at the event to receive the 4 years old and younger race bib for access to the course and Cookie Kick Off event.
What is included in my Colorful Dash & Cookie Kick Off SWAG?
Every PAID pre-registered attendee will receive:
- Colorful Dash bag
- Colorful Dash t-shirt
- GSSGC Head Lamp
- Water Bottle
- Glow Item
- Race Bib
- Colorful Dash & Cookie Kick Off Patch
- One color packet
- Parking pass and map
*Girl Scouts, (Girl Members Only,) will also receive the Official Cookie Sale Pin (ONLY available at SWAG pick up on January 12, 2017.)
When is Colorful Dash SWAG Bag Pick Up? SWAG pick-up will be held two days before the event and you can choose where you want to pick up. Colorful Dash SWAG Bag Pick Up is Thursday, January 12, 2017 at all 4 GSSGC offices between 10:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:30pm. A reminder email will be sent out with specific instructions the week of SWAG bag pick up so you can easily get your goodies and instructions and be ready for race day. Don’t forget to bring your Eventbrite ticket(s) to obtain your SWAG! You can pick up other people's packets as long as you have their ticket. Hard copies of tickets are accepted as well as having them readily available on your smart phone.
What if I miss SWAG bag pick up? You can check in on site at the Colorful Dash. Don’t forget to bring your Eventbrite ticket(s)! NOTE: The included Official Cookie Sale Pin is only available at SWAG Bag Pick Up on January 12, 2017. They will be available for purchase in the GSSGC retail shops at a later date.
Can I wear a costume to the event? TOTALLY! In fact, we hope you will get yourself styled out in all that glows! You know we love a tutu or anything else you come up with! The whiter with heavy neon the better! Official Color Dash t-shirts will be a part of your SWAG this year. We will have other cool stuff for sale before the race in our Cookie Kick Off area at the onsite GSSGC Retail Shop. Yes, you can use your Nutty/Cookie Dough there, too!
You still don’t know if you want to do the Colorful Dash? Well why wouldn’t you want to do a 5k walk/ run and get color blasted? The Colorful Dash, now with sparkle and NEON GLOW, is the best 5k run and value where you'll get covered with vibrantly awesome colors and have a blast as you get color thrown all over at the group color throw! Plus, you’ll get hooked up with all the freshest gear for you to customize yourself. So keep it cool and get ready to rock! See our onsite GSSGC Retail Shop for cool add-ons!
What is Cookie Kick Off? It’s just another name for the Cookie Rally, but since we are having a 5k, it just makes sense to “kick off” the sale!
Why do I want to go to Cookie Kick Off? It’s a fun filled learning experience where you taste the cookies, learn about the Online Digital Sale via COCO, practice your five key skills, participate in fun games like setting up a cookie booth fast and correctly and so much more! Its super fun and gets you jazzed about the sale!
What time does the “Dash” really begin?
The Colorful Dash (5k) begins at 5:15pm, and we'll release waives of runners every 5 minutes or so. We recommend getting there 30 minutes early so you have plenty of time to stretch! The last race will step off at 6:15 pm, and the Cookie Kick Off will running first this year before the run from 2:00pm to 5:30pm.
Can I walk the Colorful Dash? Walking is totally cool! You will be one of many who will be walking or riding a scooter or pulling a wagon with little ones. It’s not a timed race and it is non-competitive; so you won't feel any pressure to cross that finish line first – rather to laugh and enjoy. Please note, though: you must be off the course by 7:00pm, so anyone starting in the last heat at 6:15pm needs to complete the 5k in 45 minutes, or we will pick you up off the course in a golf cart.
How does the pre-race color throw work? Following the Fall Product Top Seller presentation on the main stage in Cookie Kick Off area attendees will gather for a first hoorah of color throwing at THE END OF THE AWARDS at 4:45pm. We recommend saving your color powder packets you receive at SWAG Bag Pick Up for this group color throw! Additional packets of color powder can be purchased onsite while supplies last. Plus, of course, we will be drenching you in color once you start run/ walking.
Will there be a shop to buy cool stuff? You know we love to bring a GSSGC shop with us. Of course there will be all kinds of Colorful Dash items and more! Bring your Cookie/Nutty dough along, too, because we will be taking that at the Colorful Dash for sure!
Can I refund my registration? Bummer, no. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to offer refunds. You can still pick up your SWAG and race goodies, or you can transfer your registration to someone else. It’s like when you buy tickets to a concert or a sporting event. You own those tickets once you buy them. That colorful powder costs a fortune and we have to order it early!
Can I transfer my registration? Yes! You can transfer your registration to someone else. However, we will not be able to change the ordered t-shirt size. Make sure you give your ticket from Eventbrite to the new attendee for SWAG Bag pick up. If you transfer after SWAG Bag pick up on January 12th, you will need to give them the Race bib! It’s no problem selling your ticket to another person – it’s not the name on the ticket that matters, it’s the order number from Eventbrite that counts.
What about parking? Parking is free in our assigned lot. You will receive the parking pass and map at SWAG bag pick up.
Will there be food available at the Colorful Dash? Yes, with even food MORE vendors than last year! Food will be available onsite for purchase. Water refill stations will be available on the course, so don’t forget your water bottle!
Can I run with my unicorn? Of course, not! Unicorn’s and other creatures, (mythical or non-mythical, basically anything non-human that poops,) are not eligible to participate in Colorful Dash. Animals lick their feet and while this is color powder 100% non-toxic, we wouldn’t want your little 4-legged family members to get a belly ache from eating it! Only registered service animals are allowed at the Cookie Kick Off event.
Are there age limits? No way! Everyone is welcome to come have tons of colorful fun at Colorful Dash! Just remember that anyone 5 years old and older needs to pay a registration fee and that means 4 years old and younger is free! Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome! We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses and, for toddlers and infants, maybe even something to cover their mouth. The powder is non-toxic and made mainly with cornstarch, but it could irritate the smaller ones more than us.
Will I be timed? No timing chips, but you will have the “time of your life!”
What should I wear? You can wear whatever you want but we suggest white clothing because it shows the color the best! We will be giving you your event t-shirt so we suggest customizing that! All customized shirts must be Girl Scout appropriate and you will be removed from the event if your designs are not compliant. Supplement shirts will not be given to someone who cuts their SWAG t-shirt too much.
Will the color stain my clothes, shoes or makeup? If you want a lot of color to hit your shirt, plan to run or walk closer to the color throwers. If you want only a little bit of color, run or walk in the farthest lane from the throwers, or in the middle of the throwers are on both sides. Mostly all the color powder washes out without a problem. The blue color tends to take a little bit longer to come out sometimes. Ultimately, wear your event t-shirt and things you don’t mind getting colorfied and you’ll be fine.
Do you have “cleaning stations” at the finish after party? We have people standing by with air blowers (leaf blowers) near the finish line. With a good dusting off, you aren’t 100% clean, but you are good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still colorful around town after a color run event; it’s like a badge of honor! Remember this event is different than in years past as it is a night time run with cookie kick off before the run, so you may have more color getting in your car this year.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The STEMazing area at the Cookie Kick Off is all indoors this year and EVERYONE who enters this area must be cleaned off with the air blowers prior to entering this area. If you are entering the STEM science fair project, we recommend you drop off your project before partaking in the Colorful Dash. Refer to your map to know where drop off your entries.
What is going on at STEM at the Cookie Kick Off? STEMazing! Explore the amazing world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) during Colorful Dash 2017. Demonstrations, hands on experiences and girl projects will be showcased at the STEMazing section of Cookie Kick Off.
Did you receive a Little Bits kit from cookie incentives? Do you have a Raspberry Pi microcomputer from GenCyber? Have you been participating in our fun STEM science prep nights? Show us what you can do with these tools; use your own creativity to demonstrate your science skills by submitting a science fair project. Awards for creativity and design will be presented to the most STEMazing projects in the science fair.
Are you not sure how to put together a science fair project? Attend the STEM Day: Science Fair Prep nights happening in regions near you. Girls will learn best practices on putting together a science fair project, meet mentors and participate in science demonstrations.
Will the color get in my car? Bring a towel or some plastic bags along and you’ll be just fine. However, if you do get some in your vehicle, it can be dusted away or vacuumed easily.
What if I see a double rainbow? Whoa! Double rainbow! It’s so beautiful!! We do the best we can to provide an unforgettable experience, similar to seeing a double rainbow! But we can’t control rainbows or inclement weather for that matter. If it is hot, cold, wet, dry or snowing we are going for it! No refunds will be issued for a rainy day. We are Girl Scouts – we can handle a few drops of rain for fun!
Can we just come to Cookie Kick Off portion and not participate in the run? Absolutely, but it is all the same price and same SWAG Bag pick up. Your race bib is your ticket in to the Cookie Kick Off area; so come join us and join in the group color throw with the packet of color you receive in your SWAG!
Safety First, Always! – As always, smoking in non-designated areas or in the presence of girls is prohibited. As per California state law, you must be a minimum of 50 feet away from a non-smoker when smoking. All powder based substances are flammable near open flame, even metal, and as such safety is number one and you may not smoke anywhere near the Colorful Dash event.
How do I volunteer to WORK the event for community service hours? We will certainly need a lot of Colorful Dash & Cookie Kick Off Volunteers! If you would like give your time to join our event team, you can submit an application starting October 9, 2016 through December 1, 2016. Senior & Ambassador girl members can volunteer as well as any adult over the age of 18 years of age. Volunteers are selected on a needs basis and the application may be disabled prior to December 1st if we have hit the number of volunteers needed. Apply here: https://girlscoutsgssgc.wufoo.com/forms/2017-colorful-dash-volunteer-application/
Who does the Colorful Dash event benefit? The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, a non-profit organization building women of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place.