The world of running has always mystified me. I’ve never had the stamina nor the body to take off and run long — or even short — distances. In fact, when my boys were younger and I was running to first base for a church softball league, they yelled out, “Mom, you run like a girl!” My answer, of course, to that was, “I am a girl!” So you get the picture, I don’t run.
As I write this, it’s about 96 degrees outside, with a heat index of over 100 degrees. Not exactly running weather but, according to The Weather Channel, by Saturday it will be sunny and 80 degrees. Perfect for what is happening for runners of all kinds.
This Saturday is the first Payne Financial Solutions, Ready, Set Glow 5K run. Yes it’s time to get your glow on Portage.
This nighttime 5K features several Glow Zones along the course. Glow Zones are areas where industrial black lights will highlight your flashy side during your run. As an added feature, the start and finish areas also will light up the night accompanied by music to your beat.
The 5K course will be two 1.5-mile loops in the Portage Mall and Founder’s Square Park areas. The start and end will be at Clancy’s Irish Pub in the Portage Mall.
Registration and the post-race party will be at Clancy’s with more music and more glow. Every runner will receive a neon shirt and finisher’s medal plus at least 3 items of glow swag. If you register today through Friday, the cost is $40 per individual or $170 for a team of five. On race day, it will be $45 or $195, respectively.
You can register online at www.raceit.co/register/?event19285, or for more information go to www.cause2compete.com/glow5k. Same-day registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:30 p.m. at Clancy’s. Race starts at 9:30 p.m. and post party starts at 10, with awards at 10:45. Everything is finished by midnight.
The top five men’s and top five women’s finisher’s will receive glow-themed awards. Awards also will be given for the best dressed top five men and women. They also will receive glow-themed awards.
All proceeds go to The Friends of Portage Township Foundation. That is a nonprofit organization created in June 2011, at the direction of Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy, to support the Portage Township Parks and Recreation. The foundation is governed by a 12-member board whose goal is to raise funds for the growth and development of our Portage Township Parks, which include Haven Hollow Park and Field of Dreams Park. They also are dedicated to sustaining and expanding the Portage Township Parks and Recreation, increase community awareness and promote enjoyment of the outdoors. The two parks have more than 63 acres of natural beauty and play time areas for the young and old, alike.
Come out and get your glow on, Portage, for a great time and a great cause.