Light It Up 5K

I think I figured out the “too much of a good thing” for me when it comes to running. A few friends and I banded together and decided to try doing the Runner’s World running streak. The streak is running at least 1 mile every day between Memorial Day and July 4. Instead of being fun, I actually started to not enjoy running and dreading it. Towards the end I really just stopped caring and stopped running too.

This past Friday I had the chance to run my first night time race. New Life Community Church in Wayland hosted the first Light It Up 5K. I wasn’t sure what to expect because it was the first time for the race and it was with a 9:45pm start. There was a kids race that started at 8pm and my 2 younger kiddos participated in that.

I’ve been to a couple races during their initial go at it, and the results are mixed. Without a doubt, the Light It Up group had it down! Course was well planned out, tons of volunteers, organized, and FUN. Even though it was a “theme” run, it was timed, which is a huge selling point for me. I have a really hard time putting money into a race registration if I am not being timed. Plenty of post-race snacks, great music, great family fun on a Friday night.

There are really only a couple of minor things I plan on giving feedback about. They only did finisher prizes for the top 3 overall male and female instead of breaking things down by age bracket. Since it was closing in on 10:30pm by the time some people finished, it was very dark out, so seeing the post-race refreshments was a bit challenging. Thankfully lots of people were using flashlights and phones to help people navigate the table.

I personally felt great running. It was harder to run at night than I thought it would be. It’s a lot harder to see if there are street cracks or potholes when it’s dark out. I had a nasty sinus infection earlier in the week so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but it was nice and cool out and I had a bottle of water with me to sip on.


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Jenny Ward Jenny Ward
I am 36yrs old and a busy mom to 3 kids (Nate - 12, Nick - 7, Lauren - 6). I work full-time in Human Resources in Grand Rapids, but live near Gun Lake/Yankee Springs. As a family we enjoy hiking, biking, and camping together but I am the only one who has really taken to running. There is nothing more inspiring than being outside and enjoying God's beautiful creation!

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