Runners will glow as they go during Fort Bragg's Neon Night Run

By STEVE DEVANE | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: September 17, 2019

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Thousands of runners will make Fort Bragg glow during a 4.1 mile run this week.

The Neon Night Run is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday. The race had more than 3,000 runners last year, said Keagan McDonald, special events coordinator for Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Bragg.

Runners in the race wear necklaces, bracelets and other accessories that glow. McDonald said he expects flashing earrings, "unicorn horns" and "alien eyes" to be seen at this year's race. Some runners wear costumes. Others will be glowing "from head to toe," he said.

"People really get into it," he said.

The run starts on Reilly Road after the sun goes down.

"Everybody starts glowing," McDonald said. "It's a massive wave of glow running down the street."

McDonald said that even though the race is at night, visibility isn't a problem for the runners. Street lights make it easy to see on much of the course, and Fort Bragg officials will post other lights in some other areas, he said.


The event, which includes bounce houses and music, starts at 7 p.m. McDonald said Fort Bragg officials will have some ways for runners to glow, but he encouraged them to "bring your own glow."

The Neon Night Run is part of Fort Bragg's monthly schedule of races on post.

The runs start with the All American Marathon, Mike to Mike Half Marathon and All American 5K in March and end with the Fort Bragg 10-Miler in November. Some of the monthly races are held at Smith Lake, which has a 5K course, McDonald said.

The Neon Night Run is pet-friendly, McDonald said, and some runners push their children in strollers, too.

"It's a family oriented race," he said.

McDonald said the run will include a timer, but will not be officially timed.

"It's not a competitive race by any means," he said.

The event is free to those with a military or government identification cards and their guests.

The Neon Night Run course includes parts of Reilly Road, Butner Road and Longstreet Road. The glowing runners are initially bunched up, but then spread out as they go along.

"It's really a cool sight to see," McDonald said.

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