, Muskogee, OK

October 31, 2013

Nighttime run could live up to its name

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Runners could finish a race before they start it early Sunday.

No, it’s not because of some freaky wormhole in the space-time continuum.

The Back to the Future 5K run will begin at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, just before people are to set their clocks back one hour, said race coordinator Amy Hasler. “The time change is at 2 a.m. Sunday, so you finish the race before you start,” she  said.

The run will be at the Love-Hatbox Sports Complex on Arline Avenue, west of 32nd Street. Pre-registration will begin at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost is $35.

To help ensure visibility in the dead of night, each participant will get a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, Hasler said.

Prizes will be given to male and female winners in each age group as well as those who have the best light costume. Hasler said many races held at night encourage people to wear glow-in-the-dark bracelets, necklaces or other gear.

The race also will feature a DJ and a DeLorean sports car, she said.

Back to the Future is a reference to a 1980s movie series in which a teenager and a scientist take a specially programmed time machine, built into a DeLorean, into the past and the future.

“The DJ we hired happens to have one, so he will bring it down,” Hasler said.

The late-night timing hasn’t deterred entrants, said Hasler, who with her husband operates Muskogee’s Elite Race Co. She said Thursday that 125 people had entered so far and that she expected 30 more on race night.

Hasler said they got the idea for the run from a similar race in the South. “We kind of borrowed the idea,” she said.

The run is one of two this weekend benefiting Muskogee Run for Pride, a youth mentoring program that promotes physical fitness and self-confidence. The other one, named A Run for Pride Fall Festival, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at Hatbox.

Run for Pride’s coordinator Connie Bever said it would feature a 1-mile fun run, a 5k race and a 10k race. Medals will be given to winners in different age groups.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Run For Pride Fall Festival.

WHEN: Pre-registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Races begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Love-Hatbox Sports Complex.

COST: $15 for 1-mile fun run; $20 for 5k and $25 for 10k.

WHAT: Back to the Future 5K.

WHEN: Pre-registration, 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Race begins at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Love-Hatbox Sports Complex.

COST: $35.