Sad you missed Sacramento’s Night Nation Run? Then you’ll be glad to hear the globe-trotting run that’s been dubbed “the world’s first running music festival” is returning to California on Nov. 19.
After visiting other US cities (and before South Africa and Dubai!), the Night Nation Run will be hosted by Bay Area for the last run of 2016. For those unfamiliar with the run, the Night Nation Run is a high energy 5K course that plays Electronic Dance Music (EDM) throughout the entire run.
The event, which came to Sacramento on Oct. 8, supports Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), who uses the run to raise awareness and earn funds to accelerate cancer research.
Event promoters describe the course as a “5K musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration.” I had the privilege of attending the run in Sacramento, and the event certainly lived up to its description. The course was sprinkled with various “party stops” that featured a DJ booth, lights, and dancers to keep the energy going and the atmosphere exciting. Some party stops even had “selfie stations” where participants could take pictures.
With so much to see on the course, most participants chose to walk (or jog) and enjoy each attraction. While I started the race with a fast pace, I eventually slowed to a leisurely jog. I couldn’t help but dance along with my friends and fellow runners as the DJ blasted electronic bangers.
Regardless of how fast (or slow) people ran, everyone came together at the end for a big after party at the main stage.
Due to SU2C’s detailed and exciting planning, an estimated 10,000 people showed up to the Sacramento run. If you missed the run, it will be well worth the two hour drive to join the Bay Area crowds for a as-good-as-it-sounds night of music and fun. Plus the run is held on a Saturday so make a weekend of it!
If interested in attending, act fast to register as tickets are available for only $29 through Nov. 4. After that, they’ll go up to $60 per person. Children under 8 are free.
The Night Nation Run will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Rd., Santa Clara). Gates open at 4:30 pm with the first DJ hitting the stage at 6pm for a pre-party and the run starting at 7pm.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit nightnationrun.com.
Photo: The Sacramento Night Nation Run on Oct. 8; by Jessica Lee.