Show off your "TRUE" colors at the seventh annual Color Me Mutt 5K! Race day is Saturday, October 22, 2022, at NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN. Color Me Mutt is presented by PARC Foundation, the charitable arm of NASCAR SpeedPark.
Race and event proceeds will allow PARC Foundation to provide funding to local nonprofits that either train service dogs or organizations that understand the importance of a dog's presence in providing comfort, joy and unconditional snuggles to adults and children in times of need. This year, we are proud to be supporting Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), and Safe Harbor of the Smokies Child Advocacy Center.
The Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run will start at 8:30 a.m.; with participants in the 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk heading out on the course after all the 5K runners have started. The Pet Parade will follow the award’s ceremony for the 5K. We are a pet-friendly event, but dog ownership is not a requirement to participate.
Pre-Race Packet Pickup
We will have two pre-race packet pickup times. Both will be at NASCAR SpeedPark, 1545 Parkway, Sevierville, next to Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall.
- 4:30 - 6:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 20
- 11:30am - 2pm on Friday, Oct. 21
5K and 1-Mile participants will receive their t-shirt, pet item, color packet and ticket to NASCAR SpeedPark during packet pickup. If you participate in the pre-race packet pickup, please remember to bring your race bib and color packet with you on Saturday morning. You are allowed to check in friends and family! If you check in additional race participants for the timed 5K, please make sure that the correct race bib goes to each participant. Race Day Packet Pickup opens at 7am!
Timed 5K Age Categories
The 5K Color Run will be a timed event with awards provided to the top overall male and female runners who finish with a dog. We will also recognize the three male and female finishers in each of these age categories:
- 14 & under
We understand that some of our favorite four-legged friends would prefer a shorter course. If that's the case, the 1-Mile Fun Color Run/Walk is for you! Don't worry, you'll still get showered with color at different locations along the course and get the same swag bag as the 5K participants.
Because life is still unpredictable, we are giving all runners or walkers the opportunity to join the race virtually if you still aren’t ready to commit to an in-person event. Please choose the virtual race registration option.
All 5K and 1-Mile participants will receive a free entry for their dog in the Pet Parade. Any dog owner can join us for the Pet Parade only! Because we love the Pet Parade so much, we're supersizing it to include five judging categories this year:
- Best Fictional Character
- Best Groomed
- Best Twinzies
- Most Original
- Ruff & Tuff
Best of Show will be presented to an overall winner from one of these categories.
Both the Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run and the 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk are pet-friendly races! Again, you DO NOT need to be a pet owner to participate. For those with dogs, we love seeing all your pampered pooches each year. The color used is non-toxic and we will have water stations for both dogs and owners on the race route.
All 5K Color Run and 1-Mile Color Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a t-shirt, one packet of color, a commemorative pet item, a finisher medal and an Unlimited Ride Wristband to NASCAR SpeedPark, valid for use through February 28, 2023.
Additionally, there will be a slate of vendors promoting their businesses and selling their products – many related to the needs of our animal companions.
All virtual participants will be mailed their t-shirt, commemorative pet item, finisher medal and Unlimited Ride Wristband to NASCAR SpeedPark after the race. Locals will be able make arrangements to pick up their swag bag during packet pickup.
Color Me Mutt® is an annual color run for people and their dogs. It includes a 5k race, 1-mile fun run, pet parade and sale of merchandise like t-shirts, bandannas, dog bowls and similar items. Net proceeds from the event benefit PARC Foundation, Inc., and designated charities that celebrate the bond between dogs and humans. Color Me Mutt® is a registered trademark of PARC Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. For more information about PARC Foundation, Inc., please visit www.parcfoundation.org