Lots of fun for competitors at the Glow Run in Risco
Recently, late in the evening on the back streets of Risco, dimly lit by streetlights 29 intrepid running enthusiasts negotiated a one mile course three times to total five kilometers (3.1 miles), more in a camaraderie; a sense of adventure; a need to test themselves; and a wish to support a worthy cause than any desire to compete, although there was some of that too.
On Saturday, October 15, the Southeast Slam Volleyball Team hosted the first ever Glow Run 5K. Contestants were required to wear items that glowed to help ensure safety. They were allowed to wear as many glowing items or body/facepaint as they wanted and many did, just to add to the fun. A flashing vest and a sparkling Mohawk wig in addition to many, many glow-in-the-dark bracelets, necklaces, and belts, lit the night with merriment.
Courtney Burnett-Earnheart directed the event. Proceeds from the race will go to help support the Southeast Slam Club Volleyball Team which Burnett-Earnheart is coaching.
Overall winners for adults (ages 18 and up) female and male each received $50 in cash. The winner out of all contestants under the age of 18 earned a medal for first place. Ages 14 and under winner received a glow-in-the-dark trophy.
Adult (18 and up): male first place winner - Patrick Matthews, time 18:21, second place - Jeremy Meese, time 23:12, third place - Mark Pickard, time 24:50
Adult (18 and up): female first place winner - Betsy Mays, time 23:47, second place - Mary Ann Stephens, time 31:31, third place - Sara Patterson, time 32:33
Youth division: first place - EJ Myers, time 20:40, second place - Mackenzie Myers, time 23:41, third place - Nolan Asher, time 23:47.
Participants laughed and cheered for each other while many voiced their hopes that the event will become an annual occurrence.