Color Run Tropicolor World Tours brings Island Vibes to Downtown Huntsville


The Color Run 5k returns to downtown Huntsville on September 3, 2016! Experience island vibes and the colors of the tropics at the Color Run Tropicolor.


Saturday, September 3, 2016
620 Clinton Street SW (also known as Lot K – the gravel lot across from the Post Office)
Waves begin at 8:00am and go every few minutes until 8:30am.


Walk, skip, run – just don’t miss out on your chance to experience paradise with few thousand of your most colorful friends!

Each registrant will receive race t-shirt, gold finisher’s medal, headband, a packet of color and more!  An email will be sent out 10 days before the event with more details about picking up your bag of goodies.

Sign up here: Get $5 dollars off with the code ARTHSV.


Don’t forget to click “yes” when asked if you’re affiliated with Arts Huntsville!


Would you like a free race registration?  Volunteers that work at the Check-In Party on Friday receive a FREE race registration for Saturday’s race!  Check out our volunteer information below.



Are you all about partying in the tropics but you don’t want to race?  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS for Color Run Huntsville. This is a great way to give back your community and have a lot of fun doing it. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Large groups (more than 10) should email The Color Run at

Volunteers will receive a Color Run T-shirt and guaranteed a GREAT time!



This event is more than a 5K – it’s a big party! At the start line there will be a pre-race party with music, dancing, warmups and giveaways and at the finish line there is a post-race party with timed color throws, music, dancing and even more giveaways.

If you’re ready to join us to volunteer or to be in The Color Run, there are a few tips for making your time even more colorful.

What to Wear:
The best thing to wear is WHITE.  Many runners get creative and wear tutus and other fun costumes. As long as you’re wearing mostly white, you will be all set.  The color does mostly wash out after the event, but be sure to wear something that you’re OK with getting full of color. If you’d like to KEEP all of the color you capture, spray it with vinegar and iron it before washing.

For more information about the colors and clothing, click here:

What to bring:
The first thing to bring is a fun attitude and be ready for a colorful party!! You can also bring spectators to watch the race and be a part of the post-race party. Other than that, be sure to have a towel to sit on in the car on the way home, just in case you have some powder left on you.  There is an air blown cleaning machine at the finish line that should help you get A lot of runners bring glasses, goggles or bandanas for over their eyes and mouths when running through the color stations. The color used at The Color Run is a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and FD&C dyes.   If you bring a camera you should cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic bag.



There is no age limit for younger participants. Strollers are welcome at The Color Run, too. Children 6 and over must be registered with a race bib. Children under 6 do not need to register to race and may participate for FREE, however, they will not receive a goody bag. There will be Color Run items and shirts for sale at the event for them. If you’d like your child under 6 to have a race goody bag, then you should register them for the race.

Do you have more questions about The Color Run? Check out their website at

Artist Announced for The Avenue Public Art Commission that will Serve as a Gateway to Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville announced the commission of a public art installation that will serve as a gateway to Downtown Huntsville. The pieces, Light Tree and Light Arch, will be prominently featured in the plaza of The Avenue, a mixed-use development along Jefferson Street North and at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Meridian Streets.

Christopheer Fennell's rendering of his sculpture "Light Tree"

Christopheer Fennell’s rendering of his sculpture “Light Tree”

Sealy Property Development, LLC approached Arts Huntsville about partnering on a public art commission after participating in open forums as part of the City’s public art master planning process facilitated by Arts Huntsville. Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville then combined forces on this public-private partnership. A request for artist qualifications for The Avenue commission was issued in December of 2014. After receiving and reviewing more than 30 artist qualifications and subsequent proposals, a panel of community members selected sculpture artist Christopher Fennell’s rendering of a “light tree” as the winning proposal in June of 2015.

Chris was tasked with creating a sculpture that will serve as a welcoming gateway to downtown Huntsville with a presence both day and night. Chris is an award-winning artist whose work has been commissioned by public art programs across the United States. His creative inspiration comes from a dual background in mechanical engineering and art. Many of Chris’ pieces represent his vision as an artist as well as his sense of humor, and encourage people to participate and place themselves inside or around the artwork. The placement of each of his sculptures is carefully selected for the maximum effect of discovery and scale.

“Chris presented incredible energy and enthusiasm in his vision for these pieces.  It is exciting to be working with an artist that is so accomplished and nationally known, yet is from Alabama and has strong ties to Huntsville,” said developer Charlie Sealy. “Works created by Chris have been installed in dynamic and progressive cities around the country, but you can tell that this Huntsville commission is special to him.”

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell's "Light Tree"

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell’s “Light Tree”

Chris will also utilize train rails found on The Avenue site for the sculpture. “We are excited that the repurposing of the train rails will incorporate history from the site into the sculpture, giving it further meaning by merging the past with the present and future,” added developer Sasha Sealy.

Funding for the project comes from the City, Sealy Property Development, LLC and a 2012 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Arts Huntsville that provided funding for both the development of the City’s Public Art Master Plan and seed money for this initial public art pilot project. The artist was chosen by a twelve person selection committee that combined local arts officials, members of the downtown community and the project partners.

“Public art enlivens our community and creates a distinct cultural landscape for our neighborhoods, our city and our region. We are so grateful to the Sealys and the City of Huntsville for partnering with us on this project that will serve as a bold new gateway piece for downtown and a signature piece of public art for Huntsville,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director.

Chris’s Light Tree is as diverse as the community that will experience it, symbolizing an enlightened city – a place where diverse groups of people live and work together and exchange ideas. Light Arch represents different groups coming together to learn from one another, with the lights intertwining around the center of the arch. These site-specific pieces feature street lights you can find throughout Huntsville’s neighborhoods, with the Light Arch mirroring the Roman arch over St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church across Jefferson Street.

“A robust public art program is a key element of quality of life.  It helps create the unique and vibrant places where people want to live, and where businesses want to invest,” said Dennis Madsen, director of long-range planning for the City of Huntsville. “I’m tremendously excited about the Public Art Master Plan, and this installation in particular. I can’t say enough good things about Arts Huntsville and the Sealys, and their willingness to be a part of what I believe will be a precedent-setting project for Huntsville.”

The Avenue development will combine 197 loft apartments with 21,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, creating a walkable, modern living environment. The development, located at 201 Jefferson Street, is scheduled to open in late summer 2016.  Installation of the sculpture is planned for September 2016.