9 Nighttime Races That Will Light You Up
Change up your race routine with these after dark events.
Night races are a fantastic way to break the mold and get out of a racing rut. They help you change up your routine and distract you through the miles with crazy lights, themes, destinations, and courses. Whether in the summer or the fall, these fun races might convert you to a night runner.
Electric Run 5K
July 8, electricrun.com
Presented by Nike and run in conjunction with MLB All-Star Weekend, this race has the feel of a club. Wear all of your light up gear as you run through a glowing course through downtown Miami.
Q50 Bleau Moon 5 and 10 Mile Trail Race
Aug. 5, q50races.com
Trail running enthusiasts might want to try a new challenge of racing in the dark. Named for the race location of Fountainebleau State Park in Mandeville, La., you will need a headlamp and a whistle to tackle this summer race.
Moonlight Half Marathon
Sept. 8, moonlighthalf.com
No watches, no timers, no problem! You start this half marathon in Utah whenever you think you should, and you run the course to the finish. The winner is the runner who crosses the finish line closest to midnight, without going over.
Night of the Running Dead
Oct. 21, undeadrace.com
Get chased by hordes of undead zombies during this 5K race, and get your best time ever! This Halloween-themed race takes place yearly in Salt Lake City, and don’t worry, the zombies aren’t real.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Las Vegas
Nov. 12, runrocknroll.com/las-vegas
From personal experience, this race is the bomb! The course takes runners along the Las Vegas Strip, past casinos, shows, live bands and whatever crazies the Vegas nightlife attracts.
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Insomniac Trail Run Series
April-November 2017, aravaiparunning.com
This seven-race series takes place in Phoenix, Az., and it has a little something for every runner. Each race takes place on trails and has different difficulty levels so you can challenge your night-vision appropriately. Distances vary race to race, starting at the 5K and going as long as 75K.
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
Dec. 31, nyrr.org
Dancing starts at 10 p.m., the race starts at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, and the course runs along the inner loop of Central Park. What a way to start off the new year, right?