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Soldiers, families bust out the body paint and sweat to techno music at Grafenwoehr glow run

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

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 30, 2018

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.

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