Hamilton NightGlow is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon

Photo Credit Please credit Butler County Visitors Bureau. www.gettothebc.com
Photo Credit Please credit Butler County Visitors Bureau. www.gettothebc.com

By Mandy Gambrell

Runners, it’s your time to … glow.

There’s a marathon happening soon that takes place at night, which is a change of pace from typical marathons that begin in the early morning hours.

It’s the third year for the Hamilton NightGlow, which is run on a flat, looped course — something else runners may find attractive about this particular marathon.

The race will bring more than 500 runners to Hamilton.

It starts and finishes at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts on South Monument Avenue.

“The event also features a half-marathon, 10K, 2-person relay, and 4-person relay options for those who prefer other distances,” said Tracy Kocher, director of marketing for the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau.

“As the event is at night, the course is illuminated with a variety of different and interesting glowing features to make the course even more interesting,” Kocher said. “The racecourse also highlights the beautiful Great Miami River as a nice backdrop for the run.”

Organized by the visitor’s bureau, the NightGlow race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, which is one reason so many folks from throughout the U.S. will run in it. It’s a USA Track & Field approved course.

According to FindMyMarathon.com, 7.8% of NightGlow runners in 2018 qualified for Boston.

This year’s race is sponsored by The Fort Hamilton Hospital, and the charity for this year’s event is the Fort Hamilton Foundation.

Kocher said the race route includes the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. The Butler County Visitor’s Bureau has included a map of the route on its website.

The Hamilton NightGlow events start at 6 p.m. and end at midnight.

“Participants can expect a fun evening,” she said. “This year’s event features many new glow features, lively festivities, an outstanding course, and tremendous community support.”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

What: Hamilton NightGlow marathon

When: Aug. 31, 2019

Where: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton

Register: www.hamiltonnightglow.com