Neon Run Race-day Tips

Neon Run

The highly anticipated Neon Run, already in its fourth year, has built a devout following that is ever-increasing. The fun-filled 5km night race is renowned for its awesome light activations along the course, as well as the thousands of brightly-dressed participants.

This years race will take place on 2 September at St Stithians College in Sandton, and a fantastic line-up of performers will be waiting to greet runners at a music festival after-party, where they can relax once they have completed their circuit.

For those who may be first-time Neon runners, here are some useful tips as race day approaches:

Arrive early

There are security checks and queues, so be sure to avoid getting left behind while the fun begins! The doors open at 2pm and the race starts at sunset. The festival closes at 11:30pm.

Bring the whole family

People of all ages, as well as pets are allowed to participate in the race, but anyone wishing to enjoy the bar area should bring along an ID.

Pace yourself

The race can be done at any pace because it’s not timed. Be prepared to have fun the entire way and get involved in the dancing, face painting and Glow Zones along the track.

Anything goes

The race is not limited to running or walking alone. Bring along skateboards, bikes and even roller blades, because it’s all about having a good time during this incredible race.

Dress up

Neon colours, outrageous outfits and anything that glows in the dark should be on your list. The Glow Zones are ideal for participants to show off their neon designs. For anyone who doesn’t own neon regalia, paint and other glow items will sold at the race, so there is no excuse not to get decked out. There are also prizes for the best and most brightly dressed.

Swipe your Howler card

You can’t bring consumables with you to the run and bags will be checked, but don’t worry, as a fabulous selection of food and drinks will be sold throughout the day. The Neon Run will be using the Howler cash-free card system for all purchases. It’s super simple to use: there will be stations at the event where you can load a Howler card with credit (using cash or cards). The Howler card will be the only currency accepted at all vendors at the event, but if you have any credit left on the card at the end of the night you can redeem it after the event.

Stay informed

Keep an eye on NeonRunSA on Facebook for updated route maps, any new info and, of course, for the final artist line-up.

Enter beforehand

Remember to purchase tickets beforehand because none will be sold on the day. Group and corporate discounts are applicable too. Note that a small booking fee of R15 will be incurred for online bookings. In-store purchases have no booking fee.

Have fun

Finally, get ready, get set, glow! Dress up, take videos, photos and most of all, have a great time at the 2017 Neon Run.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.