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Detroit Lakes streets set aglow with runners, walkers

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More than 400 people participated in the first Illuminight 5k in Detroit Lakes. The event will be back again next summer, though a date has yet to be set. DL NEWSPAPERS/Pippi Mayfield2 / 4
Race participants pose for pictures before the start of the Illuminight 5k Saturday night. DL NEWSPAPERS/Pippi Mayfield3 / 4
Flashing rings, glowing bracelets and more were encouraged during the race. DL NEWSPAPERS/Pippi Mayfield4 / 4

The skies threatened to dampen the first Illuminight 5k in Detroit Lakes Saturday night, but luckily the clouds held it in until later that night.

“The event went really well,” Kiwanis President Carrie Johnston said. “We were questionable about the thunderstorm coming in, but we avoided that part.”

Kiwanis hosted the event along with race organizer SoleMotion. Though the glowing run was new to the Detroit Lakes, SoleMotion has put on several of these runs in Fargo, Minot, N.D., and other locations, which likely was the reason for many Fargo-Moorhead participants in the Detroit Lakes event.

Runners and walkers were highly encouraged to wear anything and everything that glowed, flashed, blinked or shined. And they complied.

People Park was filled with everything from flashing mohawks to lighted tutus, crazy colored Rasta hair to glowing necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets.

There were over 400 participants at the Detroit Lakes event, “and they ranged from a few months old on up,” Johnston said with a laugh. “We really had a good range of people.”

With this year’s success, Johnston said Kiwanis plans to make this an annual fundraiser, though the date for next year hasn’t been set yet.

Though the total money raised for Kiwanis is unknown at this point, Johnston said monies will go to support local youth programs, the mission of the Kiwanis Club: “To serve the children of the world and our community with special concern for their health, safety, and development.”

And while being able to serve the children of the community, all those involved also got to have a glowing good time.

“Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event and who participated,” Johnston said.

To view pictures and find information on upcoming Illuminight 5k runs, visit

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