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Join us at the inaugural Pack the Park: Color Run/Walk at University Park on Sunday, September 4, 2022! 

Pack the Park: Color Run/Walk is new, 2 mile untimed event taking place during JMU's Weeks of Welcome. Participants* will receive a white UREC 'Dukes In Motion' t-shirt at check-in, get doused from head to toe in different colored powder throughout the race and finish the race painted in color!

Once the race is over, the fun continues at Pack the Park, a larger-than-life party equipped with line dancing, food, music, lawn games, sand volleyball and more! Trust us, you'll want to be there.

*See details below about t-shirt availability and registration requirements

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  • Online registration will close September 1 at 11:59 p.m.
  • The first 400 registrants will receive a white UREC 'Dukes in Motion' t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed) and a color packet for the race kick-off. We cannot guarentee a t-shirt or color packet beyond the first 400 participants.
  • August 30, 2022 Update: There will be no on-site registration at the event. If the race is at capacity, we still encourage you to attend and take part in the other activities being offered throughout the day!
Race Details
  • 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.: Check-in at the UPARK Gatehouse
  • 11:45 a.m. - Noon: Group Exercise Led Warm up
  • Noon: Race Start
  • 12:15 - 1 p.m.: Finish Line Dance Party and Open Rec Play
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.: UPARK activities including lawn games, TEAM Challenge Course, sand volleyball and more!
Course Information:
  • Route: The course will begin on the UPARK event lawn, run around the turf, out the gates to the UPARK Trail, through a selected piece of the UPARK trail, around to the High Ropes Course and back down to the UPARK event lawn.
  • Total distance: Approximately 2 miles with about 800 feet of elevation gain
  • Color Stations: There will be multiple color stations throughout the course. Please do not stop at the color stations. This will prevent a bottleneck for runners behind you. As with any substance, you’ll want to keep it out of your eyes and mouth. Many runners choose to wear glasses to protect their eyes and a bandana to keep the color out of their mouths.
  • View the Color Run/Walk Route here or preview below

    Map of the color run/walk 2 mile route
What’s included?
  • The first 400 registrants receive a white UREC t-shirt and a color packet for the race kick-off.
  • Online registration will close September 1. We cannot guarentee a t-shirt or color packet beyond the first 400 participants.
  • Water will be provided at the finish of the race and once on the course. Light food will be provided after the race.
The clean-up:
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting color on. We recommend not wearing your best clothes or most expensive shoes.
  • The powder is made of washable dyes and clothes can cleaned with water. The color washes out well, but we don’t guarantee that it will all come out.
  • Damaged / bleached hair might absorb some of the color. It should disappear after a few times washing with shampoo.
  • We recommend bringing something to protect your car for the ride home. A towel or garbage bag to sit on will do the trick and will prevent your car from getting as colorful as you will be.
  • The sooner you clean up, the easier the color comes off. But before jumping in the shower, dust off as much of the dry powder as possible. You can try adding a little baking soda to your body wash for those areas where the color doesn’t come off as easily
Not participating in the run/walk? 

No problem! There will be plenty of activities throughout the day to enjoy including:

  • Cornhole and Spikeball
  • Team Challenge Course
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Soccer
Getting to UPARK

There will be free shuttles running from UREC to UPARK from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.! Please wait for the shuttle near UREC's boatyard, to the left of UREC's main entrance. If the shuttles are not present when participants arrive, it will return promptly.

Learn about parking, riding the bus or walking to UPARK here.

Event Photos

Enjoy photos from Pack the Park!

Fall 2022 Color Run/Walk Photos


Questions? Please contact UREC's Associate Director for Programs.

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