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Must-do races for the night owls

Night time races

Can’t stand to get up before the sun to make it to the start line of a race? If so, you’re in luck. Evening and nighttime races are popping up all over the U.S.

  • Moonlight half marathon, Mapleton, Utah, August 8, 2014. This half is unlike any other race. Runners get to choose when they start the race – sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. Whomever crosses the finish line closest to midnight, without coming in before the clock strikes 12, wins. And no timing devices are allowed. Runners are given glow necklaces and bracelets, and a full moon will light the course.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half and full marathon, Las Vegas, Nev., November 16, 2014. Runners will get the unique opportunity to “run the strip at night”. Enjoy all of sites the strip has to offer while you listen to live music along the course. Once you cross the finish line, enjoy post-race parties that include open bars.
  • Electric Run, dates vary by to city and country. Runners and walkers don themselves in blinking lights and glow sticks as they run through a 5K course illuminated with bright, flashing lights, upbeat music, and themed lands. It feels more like a party than a race.
  • Cosmo 7K, Vancouver, Wash., August, 9, 2014. Grab your best girlfriends – this is a ladies only event – for an active happy hour. The 7K kicks off at 6 p.m. and cosmos are poured at the finish line 7 p.m.
  • RunDisney Wine and Dine half marathon, Walt Disney World, Fla., November 8, 2014. Here’s your chance to run through Disney World at night. At the finish line, you’ll be served wine and then directed to the finish line party at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Munch on foods and beverages from around the world as you enjoy the theme park, which is only open to runners and their guests.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K, Lexington, Ky., August 9, 2014. This “fun-filled evening under the stars” has been held for 30 years, and is so popular that it attracts thousands of spectators. The 5K starts at 8:30 p.m., but the fun run and kids’ races are held earlier.
  • Midnight Flight, Anderson, S.C., August 29, 2014. Kick off Labor Day weekend with a 1 mile, 5k, or 10k race on Friday night. In its 37th year, the Midnight Flight is a great local tradition.
  • E.T. Full Moon Midnight marathon (half marathon, 10K, and 51K), Rachel, Nev., August 9, 2014. Run a midnight race near mystifying Area 51 – there’s even a 51K to get you in the spirit. Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs along the course.
  • Panda Bear Night Run, Alma, Mich., August 16, 2014. Choose from a 5K, 10K, or half marathon – all start at or close to 9 p.m. This flat, fast course is known for being very dark, but participants are given a light source to run with for safety.

Share your favorite nighttime races below!

Written by Jen Matz.