Children and parents looking to brighten the seemingly endless winter can light up the night this Saturday at Oneonta World of Learning's 2K Kid's Glow Run, organizers said Wednesday.
The family-friendly run will take place from 6 until 8 p.m., according to Body By Stacy owner Stacy Mitchell, who will host the event at her business's new location at 5514 State Highway 7 in the Oneonta Plaza.
Mitchell said the facility's 3,000-square-foot Indoor Obstacle Park will be darkened and filled with light-up obstacles and glow-in-the-dark fun, and the space's tricycle track will also be open for use.
A portion of the proceeds from the Glow Run will go to Oneonta World of Learning, Mitchell said.
OWL organizers teamed up with Body By Stacy last year to come up with fundraising ideas , according to Mitchell. The Glow Run was a popular option, but it never panned out until now.
The run was initially scheduled to take place in Neahwa Park, but because of the “amazing amounts of snowfall that have accumulated” and the city's inability to have the snow removed before the weekend, the event had to be held elsewhere, city officials said.
Mitchell celebrated the grand opening of her new Body By Stacy building on March 1, she said. The facility — which features a high-tech Cycling Zone, massage therapy services, a virtual running room and an all-natural Nutritional Snack Center and Juice Room — is an ideal spot for the run, especially since the indoor space will allow the event to go on no matter what kind of weather Saturday brings.
“A lot of people are really excited about it,” Mitchell said. It's going to be really fun.”
Mitchell said this is Oneonta's first 2K run just for kids. The race is 1.24 miles and runners are encouraged to wear white or bright colors that will show up under the lights.
Glow sticks and other items will be for sale to benefit OWL, and a hot chocolate and "cookie emporium" will also be set up.
"This is the first time we've ever done something like this," said Aaron Sorensen, a past president of OWL. "We're very grateful to Stacy for putting it together."
More than 100 individuals are already signed up for the event, according to Mitchell. Online registration is available, but families can also sign up on the day of the event.
The entry fee is $12 per child, and parents who wish to participate with their children can do so for free, Mitchell said. Entry for children under the age of 1 is also free. Families with four children participating can pay a maximum registration fee of $30.
Mitchell stressed that the event is not a competition.
“It's a fun run,” Mitchell said, “so no prizes, but definitely a lot of goodies and fun to be had.”
To register ahead of time, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/owls-2k-kids-glow-run-hosted-by-body-by-stacy-tickets-15055232606.