Flashy dash: Fluorescent run at Aviator

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Painted pair: Immarian Destajo and Tracy Fabricante showed up ready for the race with their own neon makeup.
Ready to rumble: A group of runners gears up for the start of the colorful run.
Rowdy runners: These runners are ready to make a colorful splash.
Daring dance: Juna Simon, a professional dancer, shimmied and shined throughout the night to take the runners’ minds off the course.
Go green: The crowd goes wild for the green paint — one of the many colors poured on runners.
Painted participants: These runners show off their colorful paint splatters.

These runners aren’t going for the gold — they’re going for the rainbow.

The Neon Dash at Aviator Sports and Events Center on Aug. 2 gave runners of all ages a chance to get colorful. The evening five-kilometer run was filled with fluorescent paint splashes and ultraviolet black lights, giving participants an extra glow.

The runners — many dressed in white to emphasize the black lights — shined throughout the night. Some groups ran as teams, with color-coordinated outfits — but by the end of the race, everyone was splattered with vividly hued paints.

After the race, the participants cooled down from their run by jamming at the after party, the “Huge After-Dash Bash.” There was music and dancing — and runners could even get their groove on alongside a professional dancer, who said she was impressed with the crowd’s energy.

“The audience was off the wall,” said Juna Simon of Sheepshead Bay, who has been a dancer for 11 years. “They were very energetic — they partied until the last song of the night.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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