Flashing glasses, blinking rings, glow-in-the-dark necklaces, neon paint, and florescent shoes, shirts, shorts, skirts, hats and even tights emitted a bright glow from the area of the old Savage Grocery Saturday night.
Hundreds of people gathered near the future home of the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families for the organization's first-ever fund-raising Light the Night 5K and Glow Block Party.
With more than 400 registered runners, including 71 in the final hours before the event began, and with more than $9,000 raised, Executive Director Daniel Savage said the entire event was a huge success.
For a few hours, the corner of Locust and 2nd street was transformed into a glowing dance party after the race, with an estimated 550 people of all ages in attendance.
"One of our goals for this event was to not just have a race, then people go home," Savage said. "We really wanted them to hang around and have some fun afterwards, and I think we accomplished that."
In order to attract a large number of runners, Savage said the event had to be unique, which is why the "glow" idea was introduced.
"All along, we aimed for a unique, family-friendly event, so we hope the participants felt they were provided that."
Race Day Timing Solutions provided the chip timing system at the end of the race, making it easy for runners to get a fairly accurate time. Those times are currently available at resultskc.com.
Along the race route, which extended to Park Lane, residents came out and cheered on the runners.
"Many of the runners commented on how fun it was to see them cheering from the yards, as well as the groups at each corner helping with turns and encouragement," Savage said.
It took many people to make the night a success.
"I especially want to thank Natalie Bone and the Light The Night committee, our corporate sponsors, the volunteers who just showed up and were willing to do anything, our vendors, and the Chillicothe Street Department and Chillicothe Police Department."
Savage said he anticipates the 5K Glow Run and Block Party to become an annual event.
"We were pleased with every aspect of the race, and have had tremendous feed-back regarding the route itself, and the event as a whole," he said.
Proceeds from the event will go directly to NMCYF's efforts in brining a comprehensive after-school program to chillicothe.
Organizers will review this year's event and make improvements to next year's event. Among changes considered for next year is having one location for the start and finish so that the runner's time would start as soon as they cross the start line, as opposed to relying on a shotgun start. Also to be considered will be more options for children at the after-party.
Page 2 of 2 - Cody Seville was the first to finish the race, recording a time of 19:31. He ran in the men's 15-29 age group. Jared Bremer, finished first in the 30-49 men's age group with a time of 21:37. Tory Waggoner was first in the women's 30-49 age group with 21:54. Ali Stephens finished first in the women's 15-29 age group with a time of 22:27.
Layne Worman finished first in the men's 1-14 age group with a time of 23:06.
Ava Leamer finished first in the women's 1-14 age group with a time of 24:51.
Scott Martin finished first in the men's 50-99 age group with a time of 29:31.