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GlowRun Raises More Than $5,000 for AFAN with 3,000 Runners Lighting Up Downtown Las Vegas

GlowRun at the starting line
On Sunday night, more than 3,000 runners took over the streets of Downtown Las Vegas for the inaugural GlowRun, presented by Insomniac and Wendoh Media Companies

Family at GlowRun
Family at GlowRun

Dressed to impress, the athletes and party aficionados lined up along Las Vegas Blvd. in their best neon and luminous duds while they waited to begin the 5k run through the iconic Fremont East District. With a portion of registration going to charity, more than $5,000 was raised for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) at the race’s debut.

GlowRun starting line
GlowRun starting line

As the sun went down just after 7 p.m., the organizers switched off the street lights at the starting line and thousands of glow sticks and ensembles dashed through the Blue Man Group starting line. was on hand to scour the best costumes and rewarded those suited in extravagant and glowing garments with spectacular prizes. Winners were chosen for best individual costume, best group costume and the individual most illuminated costume.

Girl Talk performs at GlowRun
Girl Talk performs at GlowRun

As the runners crossed through the finish line, the top 10 places were awarded with two tickets to Blue Man Group’s brand new show at the Monte Carlo, opening today. The competitors were greeted on Fremont Street by AfterGlow, a multi-block street party throughout Fremont East Entertainment District. Approximately 500 people attended the after party in addition to the 3,000 runners, starting the evening on the BaCardio Bar Crawl, a perfect option for attendees who preferred not to be in the foot-race. Downtown haunts including Beauty Bar, Don’t Tell Mama, Downtown Cocktail Room, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, The Griffin, Insert Coins, Le Thai and Vanguard all got in on the action and offered the specialty cocktail, Glow Punch, for guests passing through.

The Red Bull Fire Truck kicked off the sounds at 7 p.m. with DJ Lisa Pittman spinning the first set. Lady Splash, Jason Lema, Jordan Stevens, Brett Rubin, Jameson Hill, and DJ 5footTin also performed throughout the evening.

Capital Cities opened at the main stage at 9:15 p.m. Dubbed the “best band in Los Angeles” by Perez Hilton, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian are the front men behind the breakout pop-rock group.

Just after 10 p.m. fans flooded the stage for the main event as Girl Talk brought his sample-obsessed production to the party. Gregg Gillis just released All Day, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date. Between balloon drops, confetti explosions and toilet papering the crowd, his set created a great finale for the first-time event.

Photos courtesy of Tony Tran and Roman Mendez.