Race Details

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G.L.O.W. 5K 20th Anniversary Event

             May 20, 2021  

Event Director: Tracey Nelson
Email: info@nicaricoliteracyfund.org
Website: nicaricoliteracyfund.org

Race will be cancelled if severe weather conditions arise for the safety of all participants. No standing under tent areas if lightening is present. We will post if event is cancelled.


5th Avenue Station
200-300 5th Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563

Distance: 5K Run/Walk


Before April 15th - Adults $40 Children $30 (12 yrs old and under)

After April 15th - Adults $45 Children $35 (12 yrs old and under)

Virtual Runners!  Unable to run/walk but would like to support the event and receive a 5K T-shirt to be picked up during runner packet pick up days.

Shirts and sizes are subject to availability after May 1st registration

On-line registrations closes Monday, May 10th at 11:59pm

Walk-in Registration and packet pick up Thursday, May 13th and Friday, May 14th 10am-7pm at the Naperville Running Company on Jefferson in Downtown Naperville                              No Race day registration or packet pick up!!!!!!

Race entries are not refundable or deferrable, reminder this is a fundraiser.

Race will only be cancelled if severe weather conditions arise for the safety of all participants.

 Race Route:

Race starts at 5th Ave. and N. Ellsworth St. heading east on 5th Ave./Plank Rd. See Route Map here.


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A fun glow run along 5th Avenue/Plank Road in Naperville!

Bicycles, in-line skates, other wheeled vehicles (except for wheel chairs) and dogs are NOT allowed. Walkers with strollers are welcomed.


View Metra schedule here.

PACKET PICK UP / Walk-in REGISTRATION (limited to availability)

Walk-in registration at packet pick up while available
Thursday, May 14th and Friday May 15th 10am-7pm at the  Naperville Running Company (Downtown Naperville location only
PLEASE NOTE:  There is NO  race day packet pick up.  Packets (tshirt and bib number/chip timer) MUST be picked up on Thursday or Friday at the Naperville Running Company, 34 W Jefferson St. Naperville, IL.  


The 5K Run will have a wave start which will be clearly marked. Wave start and Chrono track timing systems attached to your race bib eliminate the need to attach a device to your shoelace. Your time will start and stop when you go over the start/finish line. 

What is a wave start?

A wave start consists of many staggered starts of small groups instead of one giant start for all participants. Runners are placed in waves consisting of other runners with a similar run pace allowing for a less congested race route. Each wave has its start with a short time cushion in between waves.   A wave start creates a safer, more enjoyable experience for all participants!

What does this mean for you? 

Registration - Estimating your time is important. Please be as accurate as possible when choosing your wave on the registration form. Because of the details involved, we ask you to register as early as possible for us to facilitate wave placements as accurately as possible. The race coordinators reserve the right to adjust wave locations if necessary due to grouping sizes.

On Race Day - Please arrive at the starting area early. You will line up by your wave group that will be clearly marked. You will not be allowed to run in a faster wave than you are assigned to but you may move back in a wave.  We ask for your integrity of the waves for a safe and successful event for all participants. 

Can I still run with my friends?

The wave start system is set up to allow you to run with who you choose due to the timing system on your bib your time starts when you cross over the start/finish line. 

Any runner can move BACK in a wave. For example, if you are in wave A, and your friend is in wave C, you can simply line up in wave C, but your friend can not move up to wave A.


The minutes below reflect a 5K (3.1mile) total run time.

Use your best guess, if you have no idea place yourself in wave C-E, wave C will consist of faster runners, wave E will have more walkers and strollers. Remember your time starts when you cross the start line, so you will have a time just for you no matter what wave you are in!!

  • Wave A: 6:00 mile pace (under 21:00 5K)
  • Wave B: 7:00 mile pace (21:00+ 5K)
  • Wave C: 8:00 mile pace (24:00+ 5K)
  • Wave D: 9:00 mile pace (27:00+ 5K)
  • Wave E: 10:00+ pace (30:00+ 5K) (walkers and strollers)


Featuring music by Tres Mustache! Glow merchandise will be available for purchase at the event and packet pick up.


The following awards will be announced after the race:

  1. Overall Male and Female
  2. Most Glowed Out Individual
  3. Most Glowed Out Team/Group (max of 10 individuals)
  4. Crosstown High School
  5. Crosstown Junior High Winner

Author visit awarded to the Elementary School with highest percentage participation.

Race Results will be posted here immediately following the race:

Food, Beverages and Entertainment:

Following the race there will be food and beverages provided by local restaurants. Entertainment provided by the band Tres Mustache

All people drinking beer or wine must be 21 years of age with a valid ID.