500 runners participate in annual Bright Nights 5K Road Race

Hampden County

It’s an annual post-thanksgiving tradition in western Massachusetts and one of the region’s premier road races. 

Five hundred runners raced through Forest Park for the Bright Nights 5K Road Race Tuesday night.

The race started at the Seuss Land Arch, through the park and past all of the holiday lighting displays, to the Poinsettia Candles and back to Seuss Land.

It’s a fun run that sells out every year. It’s limited to 500 runners, and this year’s registration sold out in one hour.

Jim Gautheir of Springfield told 22News, “It’s for a good cause, And it’s nice, you know the lights, everything, it’s a nice little adventure.”

The Bright Nights 5K was postponed from Monday night because of the weather.

Each of the five hundred runners received a free t-shirt, a soup-dinner to warm up after the race, and a free pass to drive through the festive light display!

Bright Nights will run through January 1.

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