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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Light the Night event Saturday

  • More than 350 runners registered for 9 p.m. run
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  • More than 350 runners are registered for the North Missouri Center For Youth & Families’ first annual "Light The Night" 5K and Glow block party is this Saturday, June 22, with more than 350 runners registered. The event will be held at 211 Locust Street, the future site of the organization, formerly Savage Grocery.
    Events for the evening include the Glow 5K, which begins at 9 p.m. at the corner of 3rd and Locust.
    “We are excited to have Race Day Timing Solutions of Kansas City coordinating our start and finish lines, which will include electronic bib timing system, eliminating our need to have volunteers manually recording times,” said Daniel Savage, executive director of North Missouri Center For Youth & Families.
    Results will be posted immediately to their website, and prizes are awarded to the top male and female in each age category. In addition to the 5K, there is also a 1 mile fun run/walk. The national anthem will be sung by Mary Lou VanDeventer before the race. The route will be well marked, with volunteers on each turning point as well as a water station about half way through. Water will also be available at the end of the run.
    Surrounding the running event, will be the glow block party, with street vendors, merchandise, and a DJ. Food and drink will be available from corporate sponsors Nico'Z, and The Yogurt Stop, as well as other vendors such as Cooksey's Kettle Corn. Ed and Stacy Maberry will be serving pulled BBQ pork and lemonade. There will also be a bounce house for children to enjoy.
    All proceeds from this event will go directly to NMCYF's efforts in bringing a comprehensive after-school program to Chillicothe, according to Savage.
    “This event has already exceeded our expectations, with over 350 registered runners and counting,” Savage said. "I could not be more pleased with the support shown, and am looking forward to the evening.”
    “Even if you don't run, please come out and enjoy the food, music and atmosphere, all for a great cause,” he added.
    Savage expresses appreciation to the Light The Night committee members, headed by Natalie Bone, for their time and energy put into this event.
    Attendees are encouraged to wear as much glow attire as possible. Some ideas include glow in the dark duct tape, glow in the dark spray paint, puff paint, accessories.
    The event is expected to last until midnight.
    Additional Light the Night details, including the 5K map, can be found online at www.chillilightthenight.info/
    Savage said he anticipates a large crowd and encourages attendees to visit the website for parking directions.
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