Haute Event: The Inaugural GlowRun Attracts 3,000 Racers

Girl Talk. Photos: Tony Tran and Roman Mendez

More than 3,000 runners took over the streets of Downtown Las Vegas for the inaugural GlowRun on Sunday. Dressed to impress, the athletes and party aficionados lined up along Las Vegas Boulevard in their best neon and luminous duds while they waited to begin the 5K run through the iconic Fremont East District. More than $5,000 was raised for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) at the race’s debut.

As the sun went down just after 7 p.m., the organizers switched off the street lights at the starting line and thousands of glow sticks and ensembles dashed through the Blue Man Group starting line. Zappos.com was on hand to scour the best costumes and rewarded those suited in extravagant and glowing garments with spectacular prizes. Winners were chosen for best individual costume, best group costume and the individual most illuminated costume.

As the runners crossed through the finish line, the top 10 were awarded with two tickets to Blue Man Group’s brand new show at the Monte Carlo. The competitors were greeted on Fremont Street by AfterGlow, a multi-block street party throughout Fremont East Entertainment District. Approximately 500 people attended the after party in addition to the 3,000 runners, starting the evening on the BaCardio Bar Crawl, a perfect option for attendees who preferred not to be in the foot race. Downtown haunts including Beauty Bar, Don’t Tell Mama, Downtown Cocktail Room, El Cortez, The Griffin, Insert Coins, Le Thai and Vanguard all got in on the action and offered the specialty cocktail, Glow Punch, for guests passing through.

The Red Bull Fire Truck kicked off the sounds at 7 p.m. with DJ Lisa Pittman spinning the first set. Lady Splash, Jason Lema, Jordan Stevens, Brett Rubin, Jameson Hill and DJ 5footTin also performed throughout the evening.

Capital Cities opened at the main stage at 9:15 p.m. Dubbed the “best band in Los Angeles” by Perez Hilton, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian are the front men behind the breakout pop-rock group.

Just after 10 p.m. fans flooded the stage for the main event as Girl Talk brought his sample-obsessed production to the party. Gregg Gillis just released All Day, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date. Between balloon drops, confetti explosions and toilet papering the crowd, his set created a great finale for the first-time event.

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