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World’s Funnest Fun Run/Walk 5K (with Color!) 2019

June 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am

The Lake Improvement Association will be hosting the World’s Funnest Fun Run/Walk 5K on the East Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys at 11 a.m. on June 22, 2019.





The World’s Funnest Fun Run/Walk 5K, formerly known as the Lake Improvement Association Color Run, will be held June 22, 2019, at Grand Lake St. Marys. THERE WILL BE COLOR, but there will also be fun new additions to make the event exciting for the entire family!

We’re mixing it up a bit this year with cool new stations during the run.

Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m.!

Be sure to stick around for SUMMER KICKOFF, featuring live music, cornhole and beer pong tournaments, kids games and activities, and more!


Please check out this page to see a map of the run and parking locations (scroll down to see them), our weather policy, as well as some helpful hints for before, during, and after the run! https://lakeimprovement.com/event/worlds-funnest-fun-run-2019/

Here’s what you need to know:

NEW THIS YEAR. 50 painted rocks will be hidden along the run path. Find a painted rock, take it to the station at the end of the run and get a prize! Each prize contains a gift card. Each runner is limited to finding 1 rock and receiving 1 prize, so PLEASE if you find more than 1 leave them for other runners!

RAFFLE TICKETS. If you registered before the shirt deadline you will receive a raffle ticket inside your shirt bag. If you registered after the deadline, pick up your raffle ticket inside the registration shelter house. All raffle prizes will be pre-drawn and will be displayed inside the registration shelter house. Take your ticket up and see if it matches one of our winners to claim your prize. ALL PRIZES MUST BE PICKED UP BY 11AM (when the run begins). Any prizes not claimed by then will be forfeited and used for prizes at Summer Kickoff.

BEER TICKETS. Your grab bag will include a free drink ticket redeemable for beer at Summer Kickoff (if you’re 21 and over; it is only good for beer, not other drinks. Age verification will take place near the beer stands)

DIRECTIONS. https://goo.gl/maps/TF5DbuvACpm


Meet and start at the 1st shelter house on the East Bank

Registration will begin at 9:00am – please arrive in plenty of time to pick up your shirts, color packets, and grab bags so you will be ready by the 11am start time

The shelter house has men’s and women’s restrooms available, and we’ll have porta-potties available this year as well

Additional color packs will be on sale for $2 each or 3 for $5 prior to the run

We ordered a handful of extra shirts; these shirts are to cover us in case we made a mistake on anyone’s order. IF there are any shirts left they will go on sale at 10:00am for $15 each.

Remember, you had to register early to get a free shirt with your registration

Run route: https://lakeimprovement.com/event/worlds-funnest-fun-run-2019/


Park in the Marina or First Beach parking lots. Please try to carpool as spaces are limited!

You will want to bring an old sheet or tarp to cover your car seats after the race!

Please enter the area from State Route 364, as Parkway Drive will be closed to the west

Parking map: https://lakeimprovement.com/event/worlds-funnest-fun-run-2019/


Water stations will be located near the 1st and 2nd mile markers

All shelter houses along the route have restrooms

If desired, bring eyewear, bandanas, etc. to help keep color powder out of your eyes, mouth and hair!

St. Marys Fire Dept. EMTs will be available in case of emergency

If you would prefer to not do a station, feel free to go around it

LIA volunteers will also be available at the stations if you need assistance


The finish line is located near the Villa Nova shelter house

Restrooms will be available near the finish line

After the run, you will receive a free bottle of water donated by Kroger and a free cup of yogurt donated by Dannon

St. Marys Fire Dept. EMTs will be available in case of emergency

Please stick around and enjoy the free concerts with Free Rider, The One-Eyed Show, Exploit, Fleetwood 2 the Max, Lauren Jean Schroeder and Clare Caywood, plus the great kids’ activities, and cornhole and beer pong tournaments at Summer Kickoff! Or, go shower and come back for lunch! Learn more about Summer Kickoff here: https://lakeimprovement.com/event/summer-kickoff-2019/

Here’s a method for preserving your Color Run shirt: http://blog.colormyparty.net/2014/04/preserve-your-t-shirt-make-keepsake.html

Please thank our amazing sponsors with your business!


  1. The run will be held RAIN or SHINE. No refunds will be issued due to weather, except under the following circumstances and at the LIA’s sole discretion. The LIA reserves the right to alter, revise, eliminate, or otherwise change this policy at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion.
  2. If it is lightning, the LIA may elect to delay the run. The most likely scenario is we would delay it one half-hour, and then another half-hour if needed, up until noon.
  3. If the run cannot be reasonably held, the LIA may, at its sole discretion, elect to cancel the run.
  4. If the run is cancelled, it will not be rescheduled, as we are unable to block off East Bank Road on another date due to shelter house reservations and other activities such as fishing tournaments.
  5. If the run is cancelled, you have three options:

— Option 1: You may elect to donate your registration fees toward the improvement of Grand Lake St. Marys and keep any shirts or color packs you purchased

— Option 2: You may elect to receive a partial refund; for example, if you would like to receive your shirts and color packs, you may receive your registration fees less the cost of the shirts and color packs

— Option 3: You may elect to receive a full refund and forfeit any shirts and color packs

  1. Please note: If the run is cancelled, the following week we will send out an email and post on the Facebook event run page with instructions and a deadline for claiming your refund, which will be applied via the payment method you used to register. Please understand that the process may take several days.

Of course, we’re looking for GOOD weather so we can all enjoy a fun day at the lake!








June 22, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm