The Nitty Gritty Tie Dye Run is a 5K fun-run that is going to be held on the Emporia State University's campus on September 6, 2014 at 10am. During this run participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer! The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder. This event is ideal for first-time 5k runners/walkers or experienced runners who want to have some fun! 

   Once you have navigated the course, there will be a celebration with a photo booth so that you can get a picture of you and your friends to remember this awesome experience. Even if you aren't participating in the run, you can still come out and enjoy the music and cheer on your friends and family!

The entry fee for the race is ONLY $25 for adults, and $15 for children 12 and under!! All proceeds from the event will go to the “Children’s Champion Network” 

Registration Information

  • Registration is July 28th- August 29th
  • Entry fee: $25 for adults $15 for children 12 and under
  • To register fill out the online entry form
  • On-site registrations will be accepted the day of the event, but we are unable to guarantee that you will get a t-shirt. Payment the day of the event must by cash or checks.  
  • If paying by check, please make checks payable to “ESU Community Hornets Fundraiser"

*In order for us to get your shirts printed before the event, online registration will close at 5:00pm, on August 29, 2014.

Race Information

Wave times: The first wave of runners will start at 10:00 am. We will continue to send runners out on the course every few minutes until completed.

Location: Emporia State University- Plumb Hall

Race Length: 3.2 miles

Day of Race


Check-in will open at 9:30am (30 minutes prior to the first wave of the day.) All individuals must check-in and sign a participant waiver before they begin the race.

T-Shirts & Sunglasses

All participants who register by August 29th, will receive a free Nitty Gritty Tie-Dye Run T-shirt and sunglasses to wear while participating in the event!

Tips and Tricks for the Tie-Dye Run

  • Proceeds will benefit the Children's Champion Network.
  • The “color” will mostly wash out after the event. Please remember to wear clothing you wouldn't mind getting dirty. If you would like to preserve the color in your shirt,  try  spraying it with vinegar and then ironing it. Otherwise, the color should mostly come out just like dirty clothes within a few washes.
  • We recommend that participants wear provided sunglasses in order to keep the powder from getting in your eyes.
  • You’ll want to dust off before getting in your car, but it is advised to bring a towel to put down  on the seat of your car.
  • If you want to bring a phone or camera, it is recommended to put them in a plastic bag to keep them from getting color on them. You will be responsible for your own electronics.  

Rules & Safety

The following rules and guidelines are intended to help create a fun and safe event for all participants.

  • Participants must abide by all instructions given from the race staff.
  • Participants must be physically able to complete the course.
  • Participants assume all responsibility for all medical expenses incurred as a result of training and/or participating in Nitty Gritty Tie-Dye Run, including but not limited to
    hospitalization, ambulance transportation or physician services
  • We highly recommend participants wear running shoes.
  • Participants should wear white to the start line.
  • Finish plastered in color!


Sponsored By: Emporia State University, Union Activities Council, Associated Student Government, Community Hornets & ESU Recreation Services. For additional information about the sponsors click on the logos below.

ESU Student GovernmentUnion Activities CouncilCommunity HornetESU Recreation Services