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Glow run joins SunFest activities

Published 8:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2013

Running in the dark can be dangerous, but the Alexander Chamber of Commerce will be lighting it up with its Glow in the Dark Fun Run/5K scheduled for the week of SunFest.

“It’ll be in the evening, so you glow in the dark,” said Ann Rye, chamber executive director. “The T-shirt will be reflective, and we’ll have LED light balloons.”

Registration has opened for the Glow Run, and the $25 fee includes the T-shirt and a glow in the dark necklace and bracelet. The run is scheduled for July 21 at 9 p.m.

July 21 will also feature block parties, preceding the run from 4–6 p.m.

“We just want to encourage neighborly community development,” Rye said. “Our lives take us in so many directions these days, and if you don’t take the time to stop and connect, you may not know that they’re in need or that something great has happened. So this is just an opportunity to get people together.”

Pre-registration for the run is available through, which can be easily accessed by visiting and clicking the link provided.

Day of registration will also be available – starting at 8 p.m. July 20 at the registration tent in Strand Park – with a $30 fee and no guarantee on T-shirt sizes or glow in the dark goodies.

Alexander City Parks and Rec is providing volunteers staff and planning assistance, Rye said.

The glow run is one of the many themed runs that have recently become popular, Rye said. It follows closely on the heels of Alexander City’s first color run.

“I think it stems from trying to encourage people to have a good time while exercising,” Rye said. “I think this a good way to get people who wouldn’t enter into a typical hardcore 5K where it’s all about time. This is a way that makes it fun.

“If you’re not an aggressive exerciser, that’s no big deal. Walk it.”

The walk/run will be timed, but Rye said they mainly want to encourage a good time. Runners, walkers, strollers and pets are all welcome.

The run will be followed by an after party with bananas and water to rehydrate and pump up potassium, Rye said.

The run plays in to SunFest’s mission of encouraging community spirit and drawing others to the Lake Martin area.

“Festivals play a big role in community development,” Rye said. “People want to live somewhere where there are things going on – fun things that the family can do. There’s no reason we can’t have all the great things that other larger communities have and still maintain our fun, laid-back, lake living lifestyle.”

Tickets are also on sale for the concert, featuring Jo Dee Messina, and SunFest T-shirts are available at the chamber, J.R.’s and Cloud Nine.

Registration is also still open for the Miss SunFest pageant.

For more information on any SunFest events, call 256-234-3461.