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Illuminight 5k: Get ready to glow June 21

If you haven’t signed up yet to glow on June 21, now is the time.

The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club is hosting a new kind of 5k — one that glows. On June 21, the first day of summer, people will be running through the nighttime streets of Detroit Lakes in the Illuminight 5k.

With the 5k at night, glowing necklaces, rings, hair pieces, etc. are highly encouraged to make it even more fun. That is the point of illuminating the night after all.

Organizer Bill Schalow and his company soleMOTION also provides a light tunnel for runners to hang out in with music and a light show.

Everyone who registers for the run will receive a free T-shirt and some glow-wear to start the race.     

The run isn’t timed because it’s more about having fun than placing. Walkers are welcome, and encouraged, to participate as well.

The June 21 run in Detroit Lakes will start at 9:48 p.m. at Peoples Park behind Zorbaz. There will be music before and after the run, the light tunnel, hanging luminaries and more.

The route will travel past the beach, up Washington Avenue, past Sanford Clinic and over to the high school track to loop around and end back at Peoples Park. There will be barriers and volunteers to keep runners safe on the dark streets.

Cost for the Illuminight 5k increases as the date gets closer, up to $43 the day of the event. Cost is cheaper for teams of four.

For more information on the run or to register, visit