Register NOW! Limited spots available, register early to reserve yours!

Date: May 22nd, 2016

Registration limited to first 2,500 participants.

The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a charity 5K run/walk that's as fun as its name Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear white (white t-shirt included with registration) as they run or walk through a course with several "color splash zones." Each zone is a different color and as each runner/walker finishes the race they will have a very colorful t-shirt to take home!


Join us at Party Central beginning at 10:30am for:

  • Concert - 10:30am the Gefroh Brothers will be playing. 11:30am Kat Perkins
  • FOOD! Cloverdale Foods' Don Russell’s Big Flavor Tour Truck with be on-site with their famous red hotdogs
  • MUSIC!

The awesome pre-Dash party, including concert, starts at 10:30am. Your paid registration to the Color Splash Fun Dash will provide access to the concert and all the other pre-Dash fun.


Puklich Chevrolet, Midco, and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA have teamed up to bring Bismarck-Mandan the Color Splash Fun DashTM. 100% of race proceeds will go directly to the YMCA's Annual Support Campaign!

  • Puklich Chevrolet

    Funds raised from the Annual Campaign directly impact the children in our community. Kids that normally would not have the opportunity to do swimming lessons or summer day camp are able to gain those experiences because of the Annual Campaign.
    - Elyse Puklich, President of Puklich Chevrolet Bismarck

  • Midcontinent

    We are very excited to be a part of the planning and fundraising for the Color Splash Fun Dash. It's such a fun idea, supports a great cause, and we think it will be a really big hit with the Bismarck Community.
    - Jan Fipps, Retail Manager at Midco

  • The Y

    The Y is so excited to be a part of the Color Splash Fun Dash, to bring a concept so popular in metropolitan areas to our community. We are so grateful that Puklich Chevrolet and Midcontinent Communications support the work we do through the Annual Campaign.
    - Bill Bauman, Executive Director Missouri Valley Family YMCA

The YMCA Annual Support Campaign

The Missouri Valley Family YMCA is committed to serving the Bismarck-Mandan Community through programs and resources that nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. The Y works hard each day to turn no one away because of the inability to pay. As a nonprofit, the Y relies on the funds raised through the Annual Support Campaign to be able to continue to offer the programs and resources that matter to our community.

In 2015, your Y awarded $340,000 in direct financial support to individuals and families in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Each year our Y still awards more in financial assistance than it receives through charitable support. Even with funds through the united Way, the Y still faced a charitable support gap of over $140,000.

Boy flexing muscles

In 2015, 1100 second graders gained life-changing confidence as they learned basic swim mechanics and water safety skills in SPLASH.

Child Care
Last year, we helped 24 families afford child care with a scholarship to the Youth Development Center.

Day Camp
51 kids received a scholarship to experience the Y through Summer Day Camp in 2015. It was the opportunity to discover the bold outdoors in a fun and safe environment.

Youth Recreation Pass
Since 1981, our Y has offered a free Youth Recreation Pass to all kids grades K-6. In 2015, this pass gave 592 kids a safe, healthy, and constructive place to belong and at no cost to families.

Last year, 580 families/individuals received financial assistance for a YMCA membership giving families the opportunity to reconnect and growth together.

Primetime Wellness at the Y
Last year, 88 individuals participated in our community received assistance to participate in this comprehensive well-being program for aging adults age 65+ (baby boomers) involving body, mind, and spirit.

39 individuals participated in a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors that fulfills the important need of supporting and helping them feel physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal".

Parkinson's Wellness at the Y
41 individuals participated in a community wellness program that addresses the daily life needs of these individuals and provides year around access to group fitness classes specifically designed for them.

The Dash

  • The Color Splash Fun DashTM is an untimed fun run/walk. Race distance is an approximate 5K or 3.1 miles.
  • Lineup for the Dash begins at 12:30pm. Everyone will need to be lined up by 12:45pm, with the Dash beginning at 1:00pm.
  • Dashers are asked to line up according to race plan - runners in the front, strollers/families in the back.
  • We will be releasing Dashers in waves to help with congestion along the course.
    • Wave # 1 = If you "plan to run the whole race" - line up in the front.
    • Wave # 2 = If you "plan to run, walk and maybe stop for a few pics"- line up in the middle.
    • Wave # 3 = If your "child is dictating today’s pace" - line up towards the back.
    • Wave # 4 = If you "are pushing a stroller and/or entertaining a baby or toddler" - please line up at the back.


Register Here! Registration limited to first 2,500 participants - register early to secure a spot!

Individual Participant: $30
Family/Group (4-6 people): $25/person
Kids age 6+ need to be registered in order to participate!
Kids age 5 and under: Free! (do not receive race t-shirts)
Register before May 10 to guarantee your t-shirt size on race day!

Really important information is available on the FAQ page. We recommend you review the FAQ page! For details on the start & finish, parking, color splash zones etc, visit the Dash page!


Q: Color Splash Fun Dash? Wow, that's fun to say! What is it?

A: The Color Splash Fun DashTM is a non-competitive charity 5K for all ages and all abilities. 100% of race proceeds go directly to the Missouri Valley Family YMCA's Annual Support Campaign. Your ticket donation helps provide financial assistance to youth and adults for child care, membership and programs at the YMCA. The Y helped over 2500 people in 2015 and gave out $340,000 in financial assistance and, as the saying goes, "money doesn't grow on trees!" (Please note: if you are a money tree grower, we would like to meet you!)

Q: You're going to splash WHAT on me?

A: You know your dream of becoming a human rainbow? Your wish is our command! Don't worry; all color is 100% safe, non-toxic, and also biodegradable. It is made from food grade quality cornstarch and food color. 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. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers). You will want to be especially careful if you wear contact lenses!

Q: This sounds awesome! I am new to this race thing. Is this a highly competitive event?

A: Our race is non-competitive event for EVERYONE! So run, walk, jump, skip, crawl, or push a stroller to the finish line. Just be you! You'll have the time of your life…and won't be timed!

Q: I'm so happy this is a family event! I will probably need to bring a stroller, is that okay?

A: Jogging and regular strollers are fine (scooters, bicycles, skateboards and Segway's are not.) We just ask that you head to the back of the starting line crowd to minimize traffic congestion on the trail. And remember, you will be taking your kid & stroller through the color splash zones so both will end up with color on them. Here are the family specifics you need to know: Kids 5 and under run free with an adult, but do not receive a t-shirt - no need to register them. Here's your chance to show your kids age 6+ how much fun being active can be – be sure to register them to participate!

Q: How will I line up to start the race? I heard something about waves?

A: We are encouraging everyone to line up according to their "race plan" to help eliminate congestion and keep all the dashers moving through the course. Keep in mind this race is not timed, so please help us help you enjoy the experience!
We will be releasing participants in 4 waves upon start.
Wave # 1 = If you "plan to run the whole race" - line up in the front.
Wave # 2 = If you "plan to run, walk and maybe stop for a few pics"- line up in the middle.
Wave # 3 = If your "child is dictating today's pace" - line up towards the back.
Wave # 4 = If you "are pushing a stroller and/or entertaining a baby or toddler" - please line up at the back.

Q: My dogs are members of my family, can they come?

A: While we think a multi-colored canine would be cool, pets are not allowed at the Color Splash Fun DashTM.

Q: I need a new profile picture. Can I take one at the race?

A: You bet! Also, don't forget to head over to the Color Splash Fun DashTM photo backdrop at the Finish Line! If you do bring your camera, phone, or any other electronic, we recommend keeping it in a plastic bag to keep the color dust out!

Q: Since the race is on a Sunday, should I wear my Sunday best?

A: You'll want to wear clothes you are comfortable in and aren't afraid to get SPLASHED with COLOR! Remember, you must wear your white issued 2016 Color Splash Fun DashTM shirt in some way, shape or form in order to participate in the dash. The color will, for the most part, wash out of your clothes. However, we recommend not wearing anything that you will be upset about getting stained. Remember was must register by May 10th to be guaranteed your T-Shirt size on race day!

Q: Will the color stain my clothes or shoes?

A: 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. The color is specially designed to wash out of as many surfaces as possible, but there's always a chance it could linger.

Q: I have a really rad Ninja Turtles costume; can I wear it to the Color Splash Fun Dash?

A: Heck Yes! We love costumes! The whiter the better, because it will be colorful by the finish line! But, please keep in mind, you will need to incorporate your 2016 issued Color Splash Fun DashTM shirt in some way, shape, or form into your costume in order to participate in the dash!

Q: Will the color get in my car?

A: We will have places to clean-up before you get in your car, but you may want to bring a towel or some plastic bags along to cover your seats, just in case. However, if you do get some in your vehicle, it should be dusted away or vacuumed easily.

Q: Can I bring my neighbors (or mom, dad, aunts and uncles) to support me?

A: Absolutely! And might we say, you have cool neighbors! Keep in mind your guests may want to come expecting to get splashed with some color or make sure they stay a safe distance back.

Q: SCHEELS Packet Pick-up?

A: Your packet(s) can be picked up at SCHEELS (Kirkwood Mall) from Noon - 7pm on Friday, May 20th and from 10am - 5pm on Saturday, May 21st. PLEASE NOTE: To maximize your race day experience, race day (Sunday) packet pick-up will NOT be available this year. Exceptions will be made for out-of-town participants only by emailing to make arrangements.

Q: Can I register the day-of the Color Splash Fun Dash?

A: Registration is limited to the first 2,500 paid participants (kids under the age of 5 are free and do not need to register). We do not anticipate still having spots available the day-of. Like us on Facebook to stay tuned!

Q: You planned a fun dash in North Dakota in May? What's the weather forecast?

A: We put our order in early, but you never know. The Color Splash Fun DashTM will be held regardless of the weather conditions, unless deemed too dangerous. In the event there is a zombie apocalypse, the event will be canceled.

Q: Can you refund my registration?

A: And miss out on all the fun?! Unfortunately, no, we do not have a way to refund registrations. However, you can still pick up your packet and race goodies, or you can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event.

Q: Can I transfer my registration?

A: Yep! You can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event. Instructions on how to transfer your ticket to someone else are available here.

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