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"Glow stations" were the place to prep for the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

"Glow stations" were the place to prep for the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

"Glow stations" were the place to prep for the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

"Glow stations" were the place to prep for the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers and families ran to the beat at the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Soldiers and families ran to the beat at the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers and families took part in the third annual Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Soldiers and families took part in the third annual Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Kids formed a dance circle at the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Kids formed a dance circle at the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

More than 600 soldiers and family members waited to begin the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

More than 600 soldiers and family members waited to begin the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Attendees grabbed some fresh fruit, provided by the base commissary, during the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Attendees grabbed some fresh fruit, provided by the base commissary, during the Glow Walk/Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers and families painted themselves with glow paint at the third annual Glow Walk/Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Soldiers and families painted themselves with glow paint at the third annual Glow Walk/Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – More than 600 soldiers and family members donned their finest glow stick-inspired jewelry and covered themselves in glow-in-the-dark paint to take part in the third annual Glow Walk/Run on base.

The run, put on by the USO, was a free event to encourage fitness in the community. Runners visited “glow stations” to get themselves ready to run in a loop around Camp Aachen. The thumping bass of electronic dance music, played by a live DJ, provided a backdrop to the action.

Glow runs accompanied by dance music are fairly common in the United States, but rare in this part of Germany. The exuberant participants drew many curious stares from German and U.K. soldiers training at Camp Aachen, but they didn't seem to mind.

egnash.martin@stripes.comTwitter: @Marty_Stripes

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