The Glow Run 5K: Rave Culture on the Run Coming to Miami Beach

The Glow Run 5K: Rave Culture on the Run Coming to Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Glow Run 5K

When it comes to 5Ks, Miami's got plenty: mud runs, color runs, zombie runs. But none of them have embraced the EDM scene that's helped fund Miami's economy over the years. Until now.

See also:
- Color Run Miami: Jogging in a Cornucopia of Color
- Run For Your Life Zombie 5k

Meet the Glow Run 5K, a running rave complete with black lights, glow sticks, and techno beats.

Runners decked out in all-things-luminescent will hightail it through 3.1 miles of black light zones, spinning DJs, and finally, a finish line featuring a glowing chute and arch.

The run itself is "very casual for people that want to run casually, and competitive for those that want to run competitively. It's something for everybody," says Steve Blew, Glow Run event director. Scheduled for November 3, the Miami Beach race route will start and finish in Lummus Park.

The Glow Run 5K: Rave Culture on the Run Coming to Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Glow Run 5K

The glow-happy masses can sign up as individuals or as part of a team, which is made up of four or more runners. As part of entry, runners will score a glow-in-the-dark Finisher's Medal, a t-shirt, glow swag (sticks, bracelets, etc.) and admittance to the post-race party.

So what kind of glow gear goes? "We've seen people in entire outfits made of glow sticks - shirts made out of glow sticks, glowing mohawks -- just about anything you can think of. Runners have broken up glow sticks and thrown that stuff all over themselves, although I wouldn't really recommend that," Blew says.

Expect a lot of neon. Think 1992.

"We also generally have face painters on hand. Before the race they paint people's faces up with reflective paints, so when they go under the black lights their faces light up."


The Glow Run 5K: Rave Culture on the Run Coming to Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Glow Run 5K

And the best part: the after-party. "Once the finishers start coming back we'll have a nightclub at the finish line. There'll be a stage, lighting, DJs playing techno, house and top 40 remixes. We also usually have hip hop dancers that come up on stage and perform," Blew adds.

And don't forget, the glowing is for a good cause. Their charity partner is ING Run For Something Better, whose mission is "to help prevent obesity in children by making fitness opportunities available in schools and introducing them to the benefits of running and physical fitness." A worthy notion, indeed.

So even if you haven't wielded a glow stick since your rave days decades ago, the time is now to break out those glow-in-the-dark getups. Shiny, happy people, right?

The Glow Run 5K kicks off on November 3 at 7 p.m. at Lummus Park. Runners can register online, and race packets are available for pickup before the race at several locations. Registration costs are $40 for an individual before October 29, $45 after; $35 for members of a team before said date, $40 after. Visit

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