Marijke Rowland

May 6, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Neon Night Run parties into town

Neon Night Run brings party event to Turlock.

And finally, break out your DayGlo clothing and break in your running shoes.

Turlock is slated to host its first-ever 5K Neon Night Run May 25 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. The event is part fluorescent dance part, part charity run and and was started by the Tracy-based Healthy Fit Families, Inc. last year.

The idea spread with races slated this year in Fresno and Butte County and others being planned in San Diego, Portland and Seattle.

The night-time race encourages participants to dress in bright neon colors and wear glow-in-the-dark accessories. The race is open to participants 11 and older (adults may push strollers or carriers for small children only if illuminated). The course will be illuminated as well.

Contestants may run, jog, walk or dance the course - whatever your speed - and a 80s costume contest will be held. Right, did I mention costumes are encouraged?

Runners can go it alone or register teams. The first of four waves of runners will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the last at 9:15 p.m. An after-race party called, of course, After Glow will feature dancing, live music and beer and run until 10:30 p.m.

A portion of the profits from the event will be donated to charity, though it’s unclear how much or what charity at this point.

Online registration closes at midnight May 19. Entry is $55 for adults, $20 for children ages 11 to 13. Day of event registration will be $65. For more visit www.neonnightrun.com/turlockca.

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