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Run offers a chance to shine

Talk about a runner's glow: A 5K fun run at 8 p.m. Saturday promises to light you up.

Neon Vibe 5K staffers shine fluorescent glow lights on participants at four points on the course, and runners get a packet of glowing powder to dump onto their bodies and their clothes to make them even more colorful. So don't wear nice stuff. Everything may not wash out.

"People are amazed at the vibrancy of our color and how much it really does glow," says Kate Black, race director for the Sunrise event, one of 22 stops across the country this year, and the only one in Florida.

The event, which will take place on the grounds of the BB&T Center, also will feature dance music thump, thum, -thumping throughout and an "after-vibe" party offering dancing and photo ops for the color-doused runners.

There has been a proliferation of gimmick 5Ks touring the United States, and all seem to stop in South Florida. The Color Run, which similarly plasters runners in color but is held during the daytime, gave runners a course through Fort Lauderdale in May. The Electric Run, a night event in which runners traverse five to seven different "lands," will come to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 23.

The Neon Vibe's official charity partner is the Miami Children's Hospital. Registration is $50 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway. Note that the event is not timed, so if you're expecting a medal for placing in your age group, forget it.

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