The Flying Colors 5K color run will begin and end at Maryville College, and wind through the city streets as participants are blasted with colored powder throughout! After finishing the event, participants are invited to join in a giant color celebration extravaganza … The Grand Finale! The Flying Colors 5K will NOT be a timed race. It’s more about doing something healthy, having a great time, and doing it all for Montvale … a great cause! So, whether you’re young, old, a runner, a jogger, a walker or just interested in what a color run is all about, jump in! Sign up! Life’s not meant to be lived on the sideline. Join in the fun and “Let it Fly” at our Flying Colors 5K color run. It’s almost time for fall color in East Tennesse … Bring it on … Maryville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Gatlinburg come be blasted with color!

Eventbrite - Flying Colors 5K

Eventbrite - Flying Colors 5K Volunteer Site



Online Registration Only
– College Students – $30 (anytime!)
– Individual age 6+ – $40 (pre-registration pricing thru September 9th)
– Group (4 or more) – $5 per person discount
– Day-of-race registration – $50
– Day of race registration will be from 7:30-8:30am at Maryville College.
– Ages 5 and under FREE! (Participants 5 and under will not receive an event t-shirt or packet, but parents MUST register them and sign a waiver. Additional t-shirts and color bags may be purchased at registration.)
Note: Registrants after September 5th and day-of-race registrants are NOT guaranteed an event
t-shirt prior to the event by packet pick up. Age 5 and under may participate with an adult at no charge, but will NOT receive a race bag AND parents must register them and sign a waiver.

Runners will gather at the Clayton Center for the Arts prior to the run. The run will begin at 9:00am at the corner of Court Street and Goddard. The course will wind around downtown Maryville, and finish on the front lawn of the beautiful Maryville College campus.

PARKING WILL BE VERY LIMITED SO PLEASE CARPOOL! The primary lot for the event will be at the Clayton Center for the Arts. You will receive a map of available parking areas with your packet.

Packet Pick-Up:
Packet pick-up will occur from 4:00p,- 7:00pm at two locations.
Wednesday, September 11 – The Beer Market, 4524 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
Thursday, September 12 – The Market, 606 High Street, Maryville, TN
In order to retrieve your packet, you’ll need a photo ID. College students should bring their student ID. Your packet will include your Flying Colors 5K t-shirt and sunglasses. Participants will receive a Virtual Race Bag with valuable giveaways and offers from local and national merchants. If you are a virtual runner or if you miss the race, you will be able to pick up your swag bag at Harmony Family Center at a later date.

What to Wear:
Wear whatever you want…so long as it’s white! Seriously, if you want to maximize your color coverage, wear white. You’ll be gleaming at the start, and covered with color at the finish. Beyond that, get creative! Costumes? You bet! Team get-ups? Absolutely!



The Grand Finale!:
Immediately following the race, runners and spectators alike will gather for the biggest blast of color of the day, as well as music, dancing, and plenty of F-U-N! So make sure you stick around…you won’t want to miss this!

There will be plenty of dance music to help you shake off the color.

Post-race refreshments (bagels, fruit, water, etc.) will be available at no charge to the participants.

Don’t forget to patronize our sponsors and vendors. Stop by for local deals and samples, as well as fun activities and contests for the whole family.

There will be a post-race ceremony to award door prizes (you must be present to win). Since this will not be a timed event, there will be no other prizes awarded. But the door prizes will be worth it!



What the heck is this color powder?
According to the manufacturer, the colored powder, or celebration powder, is referred to as Gulal or Holi Powder. It is not considered a food item. Due to the demand of Gulal/Holi for these (color run) events, they make the celebration powder available, which is comprised of cornstarch and FD&C colorants.

Will this stuff come off my skin and out of my hair?
The color can stain people and clothing, but not permanently. A good blast with a leaf blower to get the big stuff off, then baby wipes, soap and water, and detergent for clothing will do the trick.

Can I use my camera or cell phone to take pictures?
The color powder will work its way into every nick and cranny of everything it’s exposed too. Please feel free to take some great pics (and post them on the Harmony Family Center page!) at your own risk.

Why isn’t this a timed event?
This event will be an absolute (color) blast no matter what your mile-per-minute time is. So, we’re not going to worry about the time, and neither should you. Although, if you REALLY want to keep track, it will be a 5K course, and we haven’t banned watches…yet!

Do I get a TEAM discount?
To receive a team discount, 4 people must register on one ticket. If you and 3 family members or friends register at the same time, you will receive the $5/person discount. You may join a team, or even start your own team with fewer than 4 people, however, you will not receive a discount unless 4 people register together, all at once.

Can I pick up my team’s packet all together?
Yes! Follow the directions which will be sent to team members at a later date.

Do I have to be in a team to participate?
No. You can participate as an individual or as a team.

What do I get with my registration fee?
You’ll get to participate in one of the most fun, unique, colorful events ANYWHERE! Plus, you’ll know you did it all for a great cause, as 100% of the proceeds go to Harmony Family Center at Montvale. Oh, and you’ll get a sweet event t-shirt, a pair of glasses/goggles, a bag of color, and some other great offers from our sponsors via a Virtual Race Bag.

What is a virtual race bag?
We have partnered with Virtual Race Bags to produce a ‘virtual goody bag’ in an effort to go green and provide additional benefits to our participants. As a participant of this year’s event you will receive an invitation email to your Virtual Goody Bag prior to the event giving you access to the bag. In your goody bag you will find an array of valuable information including exclusive offers, coupons, and sponsor messages. So watch for an invitation to your bag and Get Your Green On!

I am not in the best of shape, can I still participate?
Again, this isn’t about setting records or even running for time, it’s about having a total blast. You can walk/jog/run as much as you want to. But, as always, you should consult your physician if you have any doubts!

I am pregnant/have a medical issue, can I still participate?
Good question…please consult your physician before registering.

What is the minimum age to participate?
There is no minimum age! Anyone can run, however, all participants who are running must register for the race. Kids ages 5 and under can participate FREE!

Can I bring a stroller?
Only large-wheeled jogging strollers are allowed. Because of the terrain, regular strollers will not be allowed.

What should I bring to the event?
DO Bring: cash (if you would like to purchase extra color powder or other items our vendors may provide), white clothes (optional…but strongly encouraged) and/or costumes, baby wipes, paper towels, a towel or sheet for your car afterwards, a camera or cell phone for pics (but be sure to protect it with a plastic bag or something similar). Wanna be the envy of all the runners? Pack all your gear in a handy dandy fanny pack and you’re off to the races!
DON’T Bring: credit cards, pets, and other illegal stuff like fireworks, weapons, or alcohol.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions about participation as a runner, a vendor, or a sponsor?
Contact Eric Rice via email.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, sorry.

Can I update my registration information?
If you have any changes to your registration simply sign back in to your Eventbrite account and make the necessary changes.

What is the refund policy?
There will be no refunds.