Registration is open for this year's DC Challenge! Buy early for the best prices!

Race Prizes

First Place: $300

Second Place: $200

Third Place: $100

4th-7th Place: $50

Costume Contest

First Place: $300

Second Place: $200

Third Place: $100

4th-7th Place: $50

The next DC Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014!

Proudly Supporting:

The DC-based company behind the DC Challenge, Challenge Nation, is currently developing a new active outdoors project: The Color Dash 5K. This is a color-themed 5K run/walk event, on target for its first full race in late August in the DC area, then expanding nationwide thereafter.

Inspired by the Indian festival of Holi, participants in the full-scale race will enter five "color zones" along the race course, with race staff cascasding non-toxic, food-grade colored cornstarch in five hues on the runners in each zone. You start the course with a white shirt as your blank canvas, and by the end, you're a human kaleidoscope of fun, vivid color!

This race concept is designed to be fun for all ages and ability levels. It's focused on the fun and color--not on speed, places, or finish times. To get the word out for our events later this Summer, we're looking to stage a "mini-run" after the DC Challenge, so we can capture a flavor of the event with our video and photo teams.

This is where our DC Challengers come in--we want you to run our mini course!

The mini-run will take place at the conclusion of the DC Challenge costume contest and awards ceremony, at approximately 4:45 p.m--rain or shine. It will be a very short course inside the south portion of the Fairgrounds, with just two color zones, so the whole thing will take no more than 15 minutes to get a couple of "takes" on the course for our video team. We will probably send a few waves of 30-40 runners each.

We will also be conducting a few "color throws" with the entire group of 175 participants, in which you'll be handed a bag of color of your own to throw into the air all at once for a huge combined visual effect!

There are two available groups of spots--as color dashers and as color slingers. Both groups will receive a white custom "Color Dash 5K" tshirt and custom number bib. We only have 175 spots available, 150 runners and 25 slingers--this is limited by our tshirt supply. It will be first-come, first-served, using the registration below. There is no cost associated with participating.

All ages and ability levels are welcomed--and we are specifically hoping to include some kids, so sign the little ones up!

Some things to be aware of: you WILL get covered from head to toe in the color powder if you participate in the run or as a color thrower--it will launder out, but we recommend wearing older clothes/shoes. We have 50 pairs of neon sunglasses to hand out as well, but we also recommend bringing your own sunglasses to run the course.

Our "color slinger" spots will simply be to line the sidelines of each color zone and toss the color on the passing runners. If you want to participate, but are less interested in getting covered head to toe--this is the spot for you.

Sign up below until they run out-we only need your name and email. Once the spots fill up, we will open up a waiting list if necessary.

Instructions for how to participate will be sent out via email and there'll be announcements on event day made after the awards ceremony as well.

For any questions, please email us at

Our "Color Slinger" spots are sold out, but you can join the waitlist if that's what you want to do! Otherwise, grab a "Color Dasher" spot while they last!