Calgary’s original colour run is back for its fourth time but with a whole lot more

Mount Royal Recreation and Cougar Athletics are partnering up this fall to kick-start the school year.

The two groups are making the Colour-U-Blue event the best colour run out there and are even throwing an after party.

Steven Trottier, Mount Royal Recreation’s assistant event director, says their main goal is to “build a community on campus,” and that Colour-U-Blue is different than other similar events.

“When you do Colour Me Rad, you have to pay for the paint bombs. Every participant [of Colour-U-Blue] gets three free paint bombs,” says Trottier.

The event kicks off at Mount Royal University’s pond at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Last year, 408 people participated and Rec is hoping to increase that number by 100.

The party will be start right at the main event, with a DJ spinning sweet sounds to get participants pumped up and ready to run, walk or roll their wheelchair for 4.5 km.

Along with a white event shirt, runners will also receive a pair of sunglasses to shield eyes from the sun and the paint.

After participating in the run, participants can catch the double-header home opener of the Cougars soccer teams. You can catch the games while enjoying a cold beverage in the beer gardens all of course while rocking your Cougar blue.

There will also be tons of prizes. The student residence that brings in the most people from their community will receive gift cards, the Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) club that brings the most members will receive a prize and there will also be team and individual prizes for best dressed and more.

Early bird admission is $19 for students, $24 for rec members and $34 for non-members. If the event does not sell out, prices jump by $10 if people sign up on the day of the event.

Be ready to get messy. You will get blue, a mixture of powdered liquid paint that is non-toxic.

To cut your washing time in half, and save some water, lubricate your skin with lotion or sunscreen, and coat your hair in an oil or conditioner.

Free food, paint and a party is the perfect last summer bash and get your school spirit on the right track.

mwalsh@cjournal.ca