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Gazelle Sports hosts Running Through the Lights in Downtown Kalamazoo

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The run is based around Bronson Park with the start/finish line being Candy Cane Lane. Parts of the course were on the streets surrounding the park. Photo courtesy of Karen Mox

On Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m., Gazelle Sports held an event in Downtown Kalamazoo called Running Through the Lights as a fundraiser for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

The 2.4 mile noncompetitive run was centered around Bronson Park and, more specifically, the Christmas decorations in the park.

A general rule for the event was that all participants were required to wear or bring Christmas lights and reflective wear.

It was really fun to see people really decked out with lots of Christmas lights and outfits,” said GLHS senior Emily Mox.

The weather was full of snow and chilly temperatures, but it kept runners from fainting from heat exhaustion.

“A lot of people might think running in 20 degree snowy weather is crazy, but I think it is much better than running in 90 degree weather,” Mox said.

The snow was an addition to the Christmas vibe that the Bronson Park decorations provide.

“Once we saw the finish line, my sister and I sprinted to it,” Mox said. “I loved running through Bronson Park underneath the candy canes as the last part.”

As an added bonus for participants, there were contest categories. Participants had the ability to win awards for the “Best Holiday Costume” and “Most Family Members at the Event.”

Once the run finished, runners and their families were invited to an official after party at Old Burdick’s.

“I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is even slightly interested in races, since it is shorter than a 5K and not too hot,” Mox said.

Courtney Pedersen

My name is Courtney Pedersen and I'm a senior. For the Reflection I primarily write news and feature stories. I am the news and media editor. I also am heavily involved in TAB, PAC, Spanish Club and the literary magazine.


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