Back to School Glow Run to kick off Satur­day night

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

The sec­ond an­nual Back to School Glow Run, put on by a part­ner­ship with the Ben­ton Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment and the Saline County Strid­ers, will kick off at 8 p.m. Satur­day. Check-in will be­gin at 7 p.m. at the River Cen­ter lobby.

“It is a fun fam­ily event that al­lows fam­i­lies to get out to en­joy a good time be­fore the kids go back to school,” said Parks Spe­cial Events Co­or­di­na­tor Grant Watts. “It is also an op­por­tu­nity for any­one to learn about run­ning events.”

He added since it will not be a timed event it can be train­ing for other runs. Watts be­lieves the event is great for any­one in­ter­ested in run­ning.

The pre­sent­ing spon­sor for the Glow Run is DJ Mot­ley State Farm.

Watts said the Strid­ers have been great part­ners through­out the Park’s run se­ries.

“They are a great av­enue for any­one get­ting in­volved in run­ning,” he said.

In­stead of award­ing first-, sec­on­dand third-place finishers, the Glow

Run will award first, sec­ond and third place for cos­tumes. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to show up in glow-in-thedark at­tire.

The parks will also pro­vide some glow-in-the-dark accessorie­s.

The top three cos­tumes will take home back-to-school bas­kets with school sup­plies.

Every­one who fin­ishes ei­ther the 1.5- or 2.5-mile course will take home a finishers medal.

DJ Raquel is set to pro­vide mu­sic for the run. There will be re­fresh­ments and snacks for par­tic­i­pants.

Vol­un­teers will be set up along the route to en­sure the run is safe in the dark and help par­tic­i­pants be sure they know the way.

Watts is grate­ful for the depart­ment and staff for the job they do putting on the events and for the com­mu­nity tak­ing part.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion for the run is $10. Reg­is­tra­tion the day of the event is $15. Watts said there will be a lim­ited num­ber of Glow Run shirts avail­able.

Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter in ad­vance us­ing the link on the event page on Face­book, click reg­is­tra­tion at www.ben­tonar.org/parks-recre­ation or stop by the front desk at the River Cen­ter, lo­cated at 1800 Cit­i­zens Dr.

“It is just a fun run where every­one can run, walk or jog and have a good time,” Watts said.

The next race in the run se­ries is the Splash and Dash set Sept. 14 for ages 5 to 14.

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