Searcy is hosting its second annual “Light Up The Streets” 5K Glo Run on March 22 at 7 p.m. downtown on the courthouse square.
All event proceeds will go to benefit the abused children served at the White County Children’s Safety Center.
Robin Connell, executive director of the center, organized the event with the help of three staff members and eight local volunteers.
Connell said the biggest challenge of putting together the event has been learning all the little things about organizing a race. She said it is not difficult, but there is a lot to do.
Registration will take place until the event begins. Until March 10, the price is $15 for children 12 and under, $25 for 13 and over, $20 for Harding students, $20 each for teams of four or more and $20 for supporters who do not plan on running. After March 10, prices go up $5.
Junior Julia Ward, said she is looking forward to participating in the Glo Run this year.
“Generally, I don’t usually get out and run, but this cause hits home for me because my family takes in foster children,” Ward said. “There are so many children who need good homes, and this organization provides that for them. I think this is an event the whole family will be able to enjoy as well as (helping) others in need.”
Running will not be the only event happening on the square. The organization is encouraging runners and families to participate in the evening’s activities.
The event offers a 1K route for less serious runners and families with small children.
There will be bounce houses, Mr. Pockets the balloon artist, a DJ and food vendors. Hot chocolate and snacks will also be provided at the finish line.
Junior Joelle Whitlock said she plans to register as a supporter for the Glo Run.
“I’m not at all a runner, but I know this is a really great cause, so I’ll definitely be there supporting this event,” Whitlock said. “I supported it last year, and there were so many fun activities for the whole family. It’s also something new to do on a Saturday night.”
Everyone is encouraged to get decked out in glowing attire. There will be a booth for people to purchase gear, and each runner will be given two bracelets and two necklaces before the race begins.
Prizes will be given to the best-dressed and top runners after the race. Connell said 639 people registered last year.
“Logan Light (CAB director) and the Campus Activities Board students help with the race every year,” Connell said. “CAB will provide volunteers to work at the event as well as make posters and advertise on campus. CAB also donated glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces that are given to every runner. Logan is also our emcee for the event. We owe a lot of thanks to Logan and his students.”
For more info visit the “Light Up The Streets 5K Glo Run” Facebook page.