Photo Gallery | Downtown race to send off runners in glow paint
A historic brewery that has been dark for decades will be glowing one evening this spring.
Thousands of people are expected to gather in the courtyard of the abandoned Tennessee Brewery for a race. They will be splattered in glow paint preparing to run the downtown streets of Memphis, and lighting up alleyways in a neon array.
It's all for LUVGLO, a race that benefits Habitat for Hope which is a local non-profit that serves families that have a child that is critical, chronic or terminally ill.
Race Director and Executive Director of Habitat for Hope Mark Horrocks is excited about LUVGLO's second race. Horrocks also helped organize the popular LUVMUD races which were held at Shelby Farms and Mud Island.
"We chose downtown Memphis, and Mud Island because that's what makes Memphis great. Mud Island is a beautiful park, and South Main Art District will bring people down (to the event)," he said.
LUVGLO's loop doesn't extend into Mud Island, but it will start at the brewery with waves of 500 runners starting at a time. Runners will take off and wind their way through downtown alleys and end up on South Main. After going through the farmers market, runners will finish the race in a large glow-in-the-dark pool that serves as the finish line.
The race is April 26, which is also the same night as the Downtown Trolley Art Tour.
LUVGLO's first race was a success at Shelby Farms, but Horrocks said the race organizers like to change it up.
He hopes that race participants will enjoy the trolley tour and then join in for the race. Horrocks said that the race is for people who are interested in exploring downtown in a different setting.
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