Early humans developed the ability to sprint in order to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with this Groupon.
$20 for Race Registration for One to Firefly Run (Up to $40 Value)
For the Firefly Run, racers meet at Montrose Harbor on September 7. Racers pick up their packets at Universal Sole on Friday, September 6 from 10 .m. to 7 p.m., before assembling at the starting line by 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. With their registration fee, racers receive two Firefly Run LED lights with 3M reflective material, a glow in the dark participation bracelet, even t-shirt, and admission to the post-race dance party. Racers are invited to choose between a 5K and 10K course, with proceeds from the event benefiting the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Pre-registration for the 5K (now through June 6) costs $35 and regular registration (July 7 – August 31) is $40. Pre-registration for the 10K costs $40, and regular registration costs $45.
Firefly Run 5K
The Firefly Run combines the rigor of a 5K and a 10K race with the kaleidoscopic colors of a light show. LED beams and lasers pierce the dark, leading racers decked out in light-festooned gear through nighttime streets and parks to raise money for charity. Race coordinators keep competitors bright by encouraging them to wear costumes fitted with glow sticks, cartoonish helmets, light-up armbands, or any other light-themed decoration. Beyond the finish line, runners and audiences alike celebrate at a postrace dance party with live entertainment, visual effects, and a costume contest that rewards unique outfits and the athlete who was able to ward off the most gremlins.