I was just talking with a designer friend of mine who was planning to take some photos at an upcoming Color Run event. Early morning sunlight, vibrant colors, and smiling faces seems like a winning combination for some interesting images like these. However, in a recent article by Roger Cicala over at LensRentals.com, he warns that you might want to consider the dangers of getting your gear covered in colored powder.
The Color Run is a 5K race in where the runners are blasted with colored dust at every kilometer.
Roger points out that the colored dust used in these races is made to stick to its participants... along with everything else. This means the dust doesn't simply come off with a blower. Have a look at some of these images below to see how bad it got for some of the rental lenses Roger had returned recently. Some of the lenses that were previously considered new, were now considered not worth repairing. Roger points out that this won't be covered by the damage waiver in the future. Read Roger's full take on the situation over at the LensRentals blog.
So all this being said, be careful if you're out there shooting any of these Color Run events! Use protection and keep your hardware in working order.
Images used with permission.