Organizers intended Saturday’s Glow Run 5k walk/run Saturday night in downtown Warren to be something fun and unique for Southeast Arkansas and hope it will become an annual event.
About 60 people pre-registered for the event, which kicked off in front of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce office on courthouse square with a group of walkers at 8 p.m., followed by the runners at 8:15 p.m. Each participant received a glow stick and glow necklaces and bracelets and were encouraged to accessorize with glow-in-the-dark items of their own. The official race T-shirt, available to pre-registrants, also glowed in the dark.
Julian Gonzalez, 18, won first place among the male runners. Addison Langford, 10, took home the first-place prize for the females. And Brandon Forrest was the first walker to cross the finish line.
The Warren Forward Downtown Network — which is run through the chamber of commerce — recently acquired a historical train depot and was looking for funds to fix it up, Warren Forward Director Jacob Kuhn said. He and chamber president David King said they had seen other glow runs being held in other towns and liked the idea.
“We want to make it an annual event,” King said. “Plus, we wanted to make it something that would be a lot of fun.”
“And different for this part of the state too,” Kuhn said.
In addition to raising funds for the specific train depot project, the group’s more wider-reaching goal is the revitalization and restoration of Warren’s downtown network.
“Our network isn’t just Main Street, ours is a 1.7-mile area around the outside of the business district,” King said, noting that the race course would take participants around the whole network — where the lights were dimmed to heighten the effect of the glowing decorations.