Woodward, Okla. —
Spaeth said she got the idea for the night-time race after hearing about a similar glow in the dark race in Oklahoma City.
She said she felt it was a fitting event for the foundation because “I thought it went along with our fireworks theme since it's at night.”
“We have even had some fireworks donated so we will have a fireworks show after the race. It's probably not going to be 4th of July big, but hopefully as the event grows it will get bigger,” she said.
Spaeth said there's another added benefit to holding the race after dark.
“It won't be as hot, since it is in August,” she said. “And there won't be any sun to bake us.”
Registration will open at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 with the race to begin at dark, around 9 p.m.
The race course will start at the Woodward High School parking lot and continue along the Goetzinger Walking Trail before returning to the school.
Participants are welcome to bring their own flashlights, but Spaeth said it isn't necessary.
“We did a walk around the trail the other night to see how dark it was and most of the trail is well-lit. There's just a few spots where it's not and we're going to bring our own lights for those areas,” she said, noting “we're going to have some black lights and other fun things along the trail.”
Also in addition to receiving race t-shirts, those who pre-register for the run will receive some glow-in-the-dark items to wear as they make their way along the course, she said.
People can preregister at the foundation's website EdensFireworks.org or on the group's Facebook page facebook.com/edensfireworksfoundation.
“There's a 5K flier on our website that they can click on and it gives them instructions about how to register, whether they choose to pay via PayPal online or they want to mail in a check,” Spaeth said.
She said people can still sign up to participate on the night of the event, but they might not receive a race t-shirt.
“The earlier they register, the more of a chance they will get a T-shirt,” she said.
Spaeth said she is hopeful that a lot of people will sign up for this different style of race.
“We're trying to make it not like your everyday 5K,” she said.
That includes opening it up to children, families and even those who just want to walk instead of run the 5K distance.
“It's for anybody who wants to join in,” Spaeth said.
For more information visit Eden's Fireworks Foundation website or Facebook page as listed above.