East Carolina University's Color My College All Purple & Gold 5K will be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8 at ECU's North Recreational Complex, 3764 U.S. 264.

 Participants may run, walk or dance through the 5K course, getting blasted with nontoxic Pirate purple and gold powder along the way. It's a fun run, so it's not timed: organizers say you can crawl if you'd like,

 After dark, participants will glow under the black lights at the Color My College Paint Party. The party features a DJ spinning party music, freebies, color throws and color cannons.

 The event, the first ever day-to-night Color My College 5K event, is hosted by ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness Student Leadership Committee.

 Festivities begin with a pre-party at 6 p.m. including a Zumba pump-up, contests and prizes.

 Individual registration is $35 through April 7 and $50 the day of the event. Kids ages 12 and under race for free (there is a maximum of two free child registrations for each registered 5K participant). 

 Admission to the after-dark Paint Party only is $15 through April 7 and $20 the day of the event.

 The Color My College 5K  will be held rain or shine.