• Oil your hair before the race to make it easier to wash the color out.  If you have lighter colored hair, you might want to consider this option.  You can use olive oil, coconut oil, or a leave in conditioner.
  • Wear sunscreen, lip balm, and your new shades.  You can never be too careful with the sun, and you’ll want to keep color out of your eyes.
  • The color should eventually wash out of everything (except maybe your run shirt), but you may not want to wear any items you want to keep in pristine condition.
  • Be prepared to have a blast and enjoy the exercise, and to celebrate our veterans’ sacrifice with friends.

Run Day:

  • We suggest showing up at least 30 minutes in advance to ensure you have picked up your registration packet or registered before the event.
  • Spectators are welcome and participation is encouraged!  Bring your family, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone proud of our veterans.
  • There will be live music and food/drink vendors, and color and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Color Instructions:

  • You will receive color for your personal use in the “battles.”  Throw it enthusiastically, but try not to aim for anyone’s eyes.  Aim for the waist.  Remember this is a fun event, celebrating our veterans’ sacrifice and to create a scholarship for veterans at the University of Wyoming.
  • You will receive sunglasses with your registration.  Wear them to keep the sun and color out of your eyes.  Also, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun as much as possible.

Cleaning Instructions:

  • Take a few minutes to dust off as much dry powder as you can before you leave or apply any water.
  • Cleaning your hair: Dust any loose powder out of your hair.  Rinse out the remaining color and wash your hair as you normally would.  Most of the color should come right out.  However, it is not uncommon for hints of some of the color, pink and purple particularly, to stick around for a few washes.  Wear it like a badge of honor for your participation in COMBAT Color, or wear a hat.
  • Cleaning your clothes: The color will probably not come all the way out of your white cotton shirt.  You should be proud of your run shirt, but almost everything else should clean up fine.  To preserve your run shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it a few times before washing.  For everything else, remove all excess powder before adding water, and wash your run gear separately, with COLD water.  Something like Oxiclean will work wonders on your running equipment.  Some color may remain, but just remember it is your reminder of COMBAT Color and your contribution to veterans at the University of Wyoming.  Eventually, it’ll all be gone.

Finally, don’t forget to have the time of your life!!!


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