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Color Fest

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Fort Carson's most Colorful 5K is back!


Come celebrate the season with the 2021 COLOR FUN, IN-PERSON

  • $15/person (ages 4+)
  • Under 4 is free, no t-shirts given
  • Strollers welcome

Beverages available for purchase
• Blue Moon
• Coors light
• Coors
• Angry Orchard
• Sam Adams Seasonal
• Seltzer Beer


Food Trucks
Island Style (Click here for menu)
Brisket Brothers (Click here for menu)


Parking Information
• VIP/Handicap Parking is on the Sheridan side of Iron Horse Park
• General Parking is located off of Wetzel


  • Limited edition Color Fest T-Shirt
  • Open to DOD ID card holders only. Must have access to Fort Carson. This includes: active duty, dependents, retirees, DOD employees, national guard, reserves, etc.
  • Limit availability of T-shirt sizes. When registering, please choose your size in the "add-on" portion of the ticket section. If you do not chose an add-on (size), you will be given a shirt based on what is available.
  • No Pets

Procedures for the Race (COVID19 protocols)

  • There are no longer wave requirements! Race now starts at 10:30 am!

    UPDATE (As of 4-19-21)

  • Upon arrival, there will be a waiting area in place to ensure safety and social distancing before the designated start time
  • There will be social distancing procedures in place before and after the race.
  • Please comply with all race officials to ensure the safety of everyone.
  • If you feel sick, or have any COVID19 symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID19, please stay home.

There will be no refunds given

  • No refunds will be given
  • Please read all terms and conditions before registering

Packet Pick-Up

  • Packet pick up will take place Tuesday–Thursday, May 18–May 20; 3–6 p.m. at the NEW Intramural Sports Office.
  • Location: Intramural Sports Office, Bldg. 2031
  • Map to new office is below
  • Now offering same day packet pick-up (only if you can't make the earlier dates) Starts at 10 a.m.

By registering for this event, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions:

All information contained on are subject to change.

No refunds issued due to late arrival or if access to Fort Carson is denied

This event is only open to DOD ID card holders only. This includes active duty, dependents, retirees, DOD civilians.

No federal endorsement is implied for any paid advertising.

Fort Carson MWR reserves the right to film, record or photograph event activities for post event purposes. Guests are advised that this may result in the incidental inclusion of guests within any recording or photographs.

Guests assume all risks associated with participation in this event including but not limited to traffic and/or weather variations.

The sponsors of the DFMWR Color Fest Color Run 5K and associated activities, the Fort Carson Community, its’ representatives and successors are not liable for claims or liabilities of any kind arising from participation in this event even though liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the guest in attendance.


Event goes on regardless of weather, unless Fort Carson is closed due to inclement weather.

Those attending the event assume the risk of injury as a result of inclement weather

In the event of lighting, a warning is issued and guest are asked to clear the area and/or return to their cars until an "all clear" announcement is issued


No parking in residential/base housing/neighborhoods on Fort Carson.

Parking is free, space is available on a first come, first served basis.

All personnel must park in designated parking areas.

Parking in prohibited areas will result in a citation and the vehicle being towed.

Please follow the signs for designated parking areas.

Physical Security/Other:


100% random personal property inspection in effect.

No firearms and/or weapons allowed.

Privately owned drones/UAV's are not allowed.

No bikes/scooters/hover boards/skateboards/rollerblades allowed


Please observe posted speed limits.

		2021 Fort Carson Color Run image


CARSON COLORFEST: Saturday, 22 May 2021

Iron Horse Park

Is the run hard?

No, that’s no fun! This is a fun run with lots of color, and lots of fun, not racing! This run is the best way to be crazy with friends, and family. You won’t be timed, so there is no pressure to hurry and get ‘er done. There will be multiple stations along the course for an extra fun bonus. Stations could include, but not limited to: color powder, foam, obstacles, and water. Please dress appropriately.

Can I Walk?

Yes! You will be one of many who will be walking. We don't time the race and it is non-competitive, so you won't feel any pressure.

What time does the run begin?

The run will begin at 10:30AM. We recommend getting there at 10:00 AM so you have plenty of time to park and warm up!

Are kids allowed?

Yes! All kids must be registered in order to participate. Children under 3 years old are free. We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses, and for toddlers and infants, something to cover their mouth.

Can I run with my dog?

No. Dogs, cats, llamas and other pets are not allowed at The Carson Color Fest.

How do I volunteer?

We'd love to have you come and help as a volunteer. Volunteers typically throw color on the participants, and/or help with registration, and clean up. Please contact Lorraine Thorson at or 719-526-5772, if you would like to volunteer.

What is the color made of?

The color powder we use is custom manufactured and produced right here in the United States. It is made from food grade quality cornstarch. It is non-toxic, is 100% safe, and also biodegradable. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth.


What should I wear? Will the color stain my clothes, shoes, or makeup?

You can wear whatever you want but we suggest white clothing because it shows up the color the best! The color does mostly wash out after the event, but some of it can stain. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn't mind getting the color on.

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.



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