Run Through the Lights
Thursday, December 5, 2013
NEW THIS YEAR - PLEASE NOTE:
All participants must wear lights and reflective gear this year! We love safe runners and walkers!
This fun event is growing and to ensure your safety, we will have staggered starts for runners, walkers and anyone with strollers.
We love your pets too - but for this year's event, we ask that you leave them at home to keep everyone safe on this busy downtown night of crowds and fun in the lights!
There will also be special contests with fabulous prizes to be won!
Don’t miss the post-run events! Refreshments, snacks, and awesome door prizes!
December 5 (at event):
In the spirit of giving, we also ask that you bring a non-perishable or canned food item(s), which will be donated to the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is the largest food assistance provider in Kalamazoo County and fed over 126,000 individuals last year. Please bring food and/or monetary donations with you to the event to help feed hungry people in our community. Representatives from the charity organization will be there to collect donations. Last year we gathered 1,849 lbs. of food for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, and we look to collect more for 2013. Please make a difference for your neighbors in need and help us reach our goal!
Help us work toward a hunger-free Kalamazoo County by donating food items on race night! We really are in need of the following items at this time of year:
Canned meat/fruit/vegetables and soups and stews
Online Registration: Click here for online registration
Attn: Maria Swiftoot
214 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Refunds/Transfers: Please note there will be no refunds or transfers for this event, including cancellation due to extreme weather conditions.
Map: Check out the course map at images/kb_uploaded/RTTL Course 2013 (1).jpg for this years run! It's new and is simplified to make your run a fun one!
Staging Area and Start/Finish: New this year, we will have a Race Tent located a short walk from Gazelle Sports in the large surface parking lot on the SE corner of Rose St. & Michigan Ave. The large tent will be right in front of the Comerica Building and across the street from the Radisson Hotel.
Kalamazoo Mall will be closed for the event.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Run Through the Lights is collaborative event put on by Gazelle Sports, Kalamazoo Area Runners, and Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. All proceeds will benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and the largest provider of emergency food to hungry people in Kalamazoo County. Our vision is to work towards a hunger-free community. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes will feed hungry people and engage our community in the fight to end hunger.
A huge thanks to all of our sponsors for 2013!
Gold Ring Sponsor:
Silver Bells Sponsor:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Brooks. Garden Gate.
Hardings Markets. Life EMS Ambulance. Meijers. Miller-Davis.
Optimed Pharmacy. Red Mango. Walmart. Woodwards Garage.
Roller World. The Canopoeum Inc.
Pictures will be posted on our Face Book page shortly after the event.
Is it safe to run in the dark?
Every effort is being made to ensure your safety with a well lit, planned & marshaled course.
Every participant must wear reflective gear and lights for the event.
What are the costs?
Now through December 5:
$10...............Ages 13 and up
FREE............Ages 12 and under
December 5 (at event):
$15...............Ages 13 and up
FREE............Ages 12 and under
Can I sign up at the event?
Yes and you may pay by cash or check made out to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.
What is the route and how long is the race?
We have a new course this year - soon to be posted, and this fun run is approximately 2.5 miles in length.
Is the course closed?
Roads are closed and fully marshaled for your safety by Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers and trained volunteers.
Is the race still on if the weather is bad?
In order to provide a safe experience for all participants and volunteers, we have created a process for managing severe weather in conjunction with the event.
Weather forecasts are tracked before the event for snow, freezing/heavy rain, high winds and extreme cold. If there is a possibility of threatening weather, please tune into WWMT (Channel 3) . Information will also be posted here on the Run Through the Lights web site. If it is possible to adequately predict a severe weather event, announcements regarding cancellation will be made by noon on the event day. The event will go on in light rain or snow.
What kind of food donations should I bring?
At this time of year, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes is really in need of high protein items such as canned meat/fruit/vegetables and soups and stews.
Can I get a refund?
Please note there will be no refunds or transfers for this event, including cancellation due to extreme weather conditions.
While strollers are allowed this year, we regret that for safety issues, pets are NOT permitted at the event. Participants with strollers will start to the rear of the pack when we start the fun run - again to ensure the safety of all involved.
Where can I park?
Please go to the following link for downtown parking:
There are a limited number of tech shirts with this years great new logo! They will be on sale at Gazelle Sports as of 11/19/2013 and are Brooks Podium long sleeve tech shirts priced at $15.
Where does the race start/finish?
The race will start and end downtown on the Kalamazoo Mall by Gazelle Sports.
Is it a run/walk?
This is an un-timed fun run, jog or walk for anyone of any age and ability.
We will have a staging area to the west and rear of the downtown mall shops and stores...look for tents, the sounds of WKFR 103.3 and people having fun! This is where you can drop off your food donation, register if you still need to and get ready for the fun to begin!
What times do the various event activities take place?
5:30pm Late registration will be begin on site at 5:30pm
6:30pm Race will start with a staggered start (runners and joggers first, followed
walkers and then participants with strollers.
7:15pm (Approx) Post run warm up with some hot chocolate and soups
while contest winners are announced and fabulous door prizes
are given away!
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