Organisers of the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon Festival are calling on participants and spectators to wear fluorescent clothing and enhance the Speed of Light 5K run, the feature event of the launch day - Saturday 5 October. The Speed of Light 5K (7.00pm start) will illuminate Bournemouth's 'Undercliff' promenade and the resort's pier and - with an emphasis on light and colour around the route - promises to provide runners and spectators alike with an unforgettable race.
Neil Kilgour, race director, says: "The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is very proud to be presenting the Speed of Light 5K which is suitable for anyone aged 11 or above. Every runner will receive a free LED flashing armband as part of their entry to illuminate themselves and light up the course.
"The armbands are both light and comfortable to wear, and are bright enough to shine through the dusky autumn evening. They are also reusable, so ideal for those who enjoy an early morning or late-night jog!
"To add to the visual statement we are also encouraging people to wear fluorescent clothing, and we are calling on all runners, and non runners, to get involved in helping to create this exciting spectacle. It's an extraordinary opportunity for people to take part and experience running as you've never experienced it before at dusk - all inspired by this stunning natural setting. Places are limited so don't wait to enter as entries will close 11 September or before if our course capacity is reached!"
The 5k run will be the highlight of the opening day of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which also features two junior races, and a Supersonic 10K event, when runners and non-runners alike will be entertained by a host of local musicians.
Entries are open for Bournemouth Marathon Festival races on October 5 and 6, 2013. More details at the event website.