By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Quincy Family YMCA hopes to begin a new tradition Aug. 8 with its inaugural Glow Run 5K at Cedar Crest Country Club.
The after-dark, family-friendly event will benefit the youth sports programs at the Quincy YMCA Association's Pike County-based Western YMCA branch in Barry.
Outreach Services Director Andrea Copenhaver is excited about the Glow Run's potential and believes it will eventually attract the same kind of following that the Turkey Run has on Thanksgiving or that the Mud Mania endurance test is developing each June.
"It will definitely be a unique event," Copenhaver said.
In addition to the 5K event itself, Copenhaver said a variety of family-themed activities are planned.
Mark Spiegelhoff, CEO of the Quincy YMCA Association, said the run will differ from the Turkey Run and Mud Mania.
"This is not designed to be any sort of extreme competition," Spiegelhoff said. "The uniqueness of the (after-dark) run is the big thing."
He said the "glow" theme will be evident in everything from how the course is marked to the gear the competitors will be wearing.
"Cedar Crest officials have been very helpful in working with us to get this event going," Spiegelhoff said.
"It's wonderful to have them be a part of an event like this that will benefit the whole community, not only in the immediate Quincy area, but also in Pike County."
Copenhaver said proceeds from the Glow Run will assist the youth sports programs at the Western YMCA and aid in its goal of becoming a "community" center.
"We've been excited about the growth at the Western branch since it opened about two years ago," Copenhaver said. "We've not only become the offseason training home for some of the high school sports teams in our area, but we've also become an important spot for seniors."
She said the Western YMCA regularly hosts such events as bridge and bingo nights, plus groups meet there for Bible studies.
º Entry fees for the inaugural Quincy Family YMCA Glow Run Aug. 8 at Cedar Crest Country Club are: $35 for adults, $20 for ages 13-17, $15 for ages 6-12 and $5 for others.
º For more information, call the Quincy YMCA at 217-222-9622 or the Western YMCA at 217-335-3030.