The third annual Glow Run 5K, sponsored by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands in partnership with KPMG, is set for June 4.
The 5K, which last year attracted more than 600 runners, raises money for the National Trust, which aims to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands, protecting environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites across all three islands.
Last year, more than $15,000 was raised. This year’s funds will go toward the Trust’s education program, which teaches students the importance of protecting Cayman’s history and environment through programs such as “Heritage Heroes” and “Little Explorers.”
The 5K run starts at 7 p.m. at the entrance of Safehaven, with the halfway turnaround in front of the Holiday Inn, doubling back to the finish line.
In keeping with the theme “Light up the Night for a Brighter Future,” participants are encouraged to dress in bright costumes, face paint and luminous accessories, with a host of stations at the event designed to get runners into the theme.
In addition to a face painting booth, runners will also have an opportunity to buy glow body henna for $10, with part proceeds benefitting the Trust. The popular KPMG “Glow Hard or Go Home” photo booth will once again be a feature at the event, alongside non-toxic glow powder and paint stations. For added excitement, event organizers have also added a new “Glow Bubble” station.
To keep runners energized, acrobatic dance troupe Flo-Motion is scheduled to perform before, during and after the run. Highlights include a glow hula hoop performance, fire dance and impressive jumps and tumbling.
Healthy snacks will be available courtesy of Island Naturals, in addition to the Smokin’ Bros food truck. Providing the tunes, as well as emceeing, will be Star 92.7’s radio personality Selecta Renegade.
The Trust thanks its sponsors, volunteers and participants, said Christina Pineda, executive director.
Registration for Trust members is $25; non-members $35; children ages 3 to 12, $20. Those who sign up for membership will receive three additional glow items in their runner pack. Register online at www.nationaltrust.org.ky.