Ready, set — glow!
The Neon Vibe race at Aviator Sports and Events Center on July 19 was a five-kilometer nighttime run with music, dancing, and black lights. One runner, who attended the event with her family, said the party atmosphere was exciting without being unsafe.
“It was a very secure, healthy environment,” said Katrina Alvarez, who lives in Manhattan and was part of team Vivalicious. “Even your grandma can go there.”
The race started at 8:45 pm and was divided into different heats, with about 200 people in each. The glow zones — four black light stations blasting neon colors onto runners — were scattered throughout the course. After the race, the colorful runners glowed as they grooved to upbeat songs.
Alvarez posted pictures online of the race as soon as she got home and she said her friends bombarded her with questions about the event.
“Everyone said, ‘tell me — when is the next event?’ ” said Alvarez.