Way to Glow!

Charity Corner: Light up the night with the Glow in the Park run

Bust out your best pair of neon leggings and any other brightly colored and/or retro-themed attire, and start planning your race day outfit now for the annual Glow in the Park run. The after-dark, all-ages fun run has no limits on how bright, colorful and wacky your costume can be, and encourages participants to go all out, even offering a "party package" of LED accessories as a registration upgrade.

Your glow gear might not make you go any faster, but it's very likely to add to the fun you'll experience at this community event organized by the folks behind the springtime Negative Split 5K and half-marathon. If the festive and party-like atmosphere isn't enough to fire you up to run, jog or walk 3.2 miles, the pre-race party with a live DJ offers an extra energy boost, starting 2 hours before race time, and continuing post-run. While fellow runners will literally guide each other along the course, bright lighting effects will also help ensure you're heading in the right direction.

By registering for the race in advance, you'll save a couple of bucks, but latecomers can register up until race day (they may, however, miss out on the participant T-shirt). Proceeds from Glow in the Park benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County, which provides programming in the areas of citizenship, academic success and healthy living to thousands of area kids each year at its two clubhouse locations.

Glow in the Park Spokane • Sat, Sept. 16; pre-race party at 5:30 pm, run at 7:30 pm • $39-$49; $12/kids under 10 • Spokane Convention Center, Riverside Lawn • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • nsplit.com/glow-run-spokane