Ten thousand people, a hundred thousand glowsticks, running 3.1 miles through worlds of light… and then everyone meets at the end for a musical and light extravaganza, the ultimate dance party where the attire ranges from a plain white shirt and a glow stick to the more adventurous adorning glow in the dark body paint and battery powered light up clothes. And don’t you worry if you forgot your glowsticks. There are plenty to go around.
The event was held at the Travis County Expo Center where the rodeo takes place. There was one little light show area in the barn with the smell of recent rodeo animals, but the great jellyfish and bubbles setup made up for the aroma. There were stretches of running in between the light set ups, some longer than others. Some people opted out of the running and were able to cut through (*ahem* some of my friends) and drastically shorten the length of their run. Not gonna lie, when our last stretch of running ended up being over half a mile of minimal lights and mostly walking, we cut a corner here and there but it was all in good fun 🙂
As my group casually jog/walked, ambitious dads lapped me, pushing their strollers in front, kids gawked at the elaborate setups, and the good natured participants enjoyed the cool breeze that accompanied the perfect weather that evening.
Great for families, people of all ages, not for the serious runner. Was it worth the price? Eh. There was a pretty awesome rave/party at the end where they served food and alcohol and were GIVING AWAY FREE Zico coconut water (I personally missed this opportunity- sad face) so the combination of the 5k and the light-show-dance-music party made it worth the race entry fee. At the end of the registration don’t get the add ons. Go get your own.
Would I do it again?
It was fun. I really enjoyed getting together to make costumes and go a little crazy with the neon paint. The experience was worth it. It was a healthy activity that brings people together, and I am glad I participated.
We left pretty soon after we finished the 5k. The party was raging pretty hard when we left but we hadn’t eaten much before the race and had all worked up an appetite. Hunger ruled over dance music… my friends hadn’t eaten in awhile and concession hot dogs didn’t quite cut it.
I challenge you to find some time to do something physical in your weekend. Hit up the park and play some catch, go dancing, play a round of golf, check out the local hike/bike/run/walk trails. Enjoy moving while you have the ability to do so.
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