Running at night is a good way to avoid the sun and escape the parasol vendors who haunt the city's streets by day. Hit the pavement with this Groupon.
$25 for a Race Registration on September 7 (Up to $50 Value)
Participants may choose to register in the Individual 5K (Untimed) or Team 5k (Untimed) groups for the Firefly Run. After picking up their race packets on September 6 from 11 a.m.—7 p.m at Universal Sole (3052 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago), racers line up at Grant Park on September 7 at the race starting line at 7:45 p.m. Along with registration, each participant receives a premium technical T-shirt, two Firefly Run 3M reflective LED light bands, a glow-in-the-dark participant bracelet, a race bib, and admission to the postrace dance party. A GoPro Hero HD video camera is awarded to the winner of the costume contest at 9 p.m.
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.