Whakatāne’s first Glo Rush may have been postponed due to bad weather on October 14, but the Whakatāne District Youth Council is determined it will make its debut on October 28.
The event, which sees participants run or walk a 4km course along the Warren Cole Walkway, with glow-in-the-dark clothing and accessories, was called off due to a severe weather warning and Loreen Hartley, Community Development Advisor at Whakatāne District Council, says that while this was regrettable, it was also unavoidable.
“Because it is a night event, we have generators and other electrical equipment in place, and we couldn’t risk staging the event in the rain if there was any risk to the public. The Youth Council have put a great deal of work into this, so we are hoping the weather cooperates this time.”
The event starts from the Whakatāne Rose Gardens at 7:45pm and follows the Warren Cole Walkway towards the Bridge before returning to the Rose Gardens. There will be food trucks present, Q97 will be broadcasting, and there are a host of great spot prizes, including a scenic DC3 flight with Air Chathams and a trip with White Island Tours, amongst others. Registration desks will be open on the day at 6pm, and entrant packs can be collected from that time.
Participation in the event costs $10 for those 6-12 years of age and $20 for over-12s. Under-6s have free entry and each entrant gets a t shirt and glow accessories. Anyone interested in taking part can register/pay at the Council Civic Centre up until Wednesday 26 October. Limited registrations will be taken on the event day.