Erie Announces Hosting Shine Tour of The Color Run

4 Aug, 2015

New Event for 2015 Brings Additional Opportunities for Runners

The Color Run will return to Erie, PA, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, bringing more than 10,000 participants to Perry Square. The run, dubbed “The Happiest 5K on the Planet,” will return to Erie as part of the event series’ “Shine Tour 2015.”

The Color Run’s new Shine Tour in 2015 bringing a fresh spin and unique experience to Color Runners around the world. The Shine Tour enhances the experience that Color Runners already love with an all-new Sparkle Zone™ on course with unique opportunities for colorful photographs throughout the course. At the Finish Festival, participants can enjoy music, dancing and massive color throws with accents of new confetti cannons, shimmery clouds of color, sparkle, and more.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. with waves of runners leaving every few minutes until 9:15 a.m. The race will begin at Perry Square in Downtown Erie and will follow the same route as the 2014 event. The full race route can be found at

Though the event is very close to selling out, registration will remain open until race day or the event sells out.   Packet pick-up will be held at Kohl’s on Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Color Run has partnered with The Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. As the local charity partner, The Humane Society will receive a portion of the proceeds from the for-profit event series.

Since its inception, more than four million people have crossed the finish line at The Color Run throughout the world. It is an untimed 5K paint race in which thousands of Color Runners start the race wearing white and are doused from head to toe in different colors along the event course.

 “Erie provided one of the best atmospheres for The Color Run that I’ve ever been a part of,” said Walter Sonntag, Race Director for The Color Run. “I couldn’t be happier to return to the City of Erie and work once again with the Erie Sports Commission to ensure another fun event.”

“The Color Run was one of the highlights of our year in 2014,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Walter and The Color Run know how to put on a high-energy, fun, and safe event, and I can’t wait to see Downtown Erie really shine once again.”

For more information on the run, including road closures, and to register, visit

The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.


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