Have you ever wanted to combine the endorphins you get from a night out with your friends, with the ones you get after half an hour of vigorous exercise? Well, turns out you can, with the world’s most popular nocturnal fun run. Dubbed the race ‘where you dance more than you run’ the Electric Run is the world’s premier night-time five-kilometre run and walk, operating in destinations all over the world, smoothly combining raving and running; some might say the perfect marriage.
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Since its inception, the event has taken place in a host of city destinations, including London, Dublin, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm, Milan, Antwerp, Singapore, Guadeloupe, New York, Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles.
On Saturday, the global glow-in-the-dark fun run phenomenon hits Florida in Bayfront Park, Miami in what is a particularly special year – the event has been organised in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Stars and Nike, and with net proceeds going to benefit MLB Charities to support youth baseball and softball programmes. This year, Lil Jon and reggaetón star Don Omar will take part in the Finish Festival afterparty and welcome those completing the course with a high-energy, pyrotechnic performance to round off the evening.
So, what does it entail?
The Electric Run sits somewhere between a warehouse rave and The Colour Run, though, at its heart, it’s a five-kilometre charity race. The main difference is that the start-line opens at eight in the evening, and there’s a fair few more fluorescent colours and neon-paint-clad faces to be spotted, compared to your average running event.
The illuminated route features five large, luminescent, electric landscapes for you to navigate, with themed dance party zones at each kilometre. Each of the ‘worlds’ is inspired by a theme, including rainbows, sweets, rainforest and an under the sea setting.
Later in July, the Malaysian Electric Run experience is expected to attract more than 18,000 runners of all ages to the neon theme park in the city of Putrajaya. It will also feature nine new courses, including The Start Line, Hip Hop, EDM (or electric dance music, to the uninitiated), Sugar Rush, Polyphonics, Stardust, Disco, Rainbow Road and the Celebration stage.
Part of its popularity is in its attainability. Five kilometres is an achievable distance, even for those who don’t regard themselves as natural runners. Your average non-athlete should be able to complete a five kilometre – or 3.1 mile – run in roughly 30 to 40 minutes, so training towards the event is certainly manageable. Not forgetting that participants are also welcome to walk the course.
Lasers, light tunnels, glow sticks, dancers in black suits with light-up stick men illuminating their every move and bright neon inflatable balls getting passed between crowd members is what the celebration stage has in store.
If you’re thinking of signing up for an Electric Run soon, or you’re in preparation for the big night in Miami, make sure you’ve got the loudest kit to compete with the installations:
We wish everyone taking part in the Electric Run Miami the best of luck, don’t forget to tweet us at @ProvizSports with your photos.
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