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A 5K for People Who Like to Party Is Coming to Massachusetts

The Night Nation Run is all about moving, dancing, and having a good time.
Night Nation Run

Night Nation Run/photo provided

The average 5K comes with a crack-of-dawn start time. But now, finally, there’s an option for the night owls.

The Night Nation Run, which bills itself as the first running music festival, is hitting Lowell on October 14 for a night of EDM, dancing, and fitness. Basically, it’s a 5K for people who like to party.

The event kicks off with a pre-party, because there’s no better warmup than busting a few moves. The run itself begins at 6:30 p.m., with waves setting off every few minutes thereafter. Once you get out on the course, you’re encouraged to stop at “party zones” with live DJs, dancers, light shows, glow-in-the-dark gear, and selfie stations. (As the website puts it, “If you’re looking to set your 5K personal record, this might not be the run for you.”) Once you cross the finish line, an after party complete with more DJs, confetti guns, light shows, and fog machines awaits.

Tickets cost $29.99 until September 20, then go up to $60. When you register, you’ll also be given the opportunity to donate to charitable partner Stand Up to Cancer. You can reserve your place at the party here.

$29.99-$60, 10/14, 5:30 p.m. Edward A. Lelacheur Park, 450 Aiken St., Lowell, nightnationrun.com.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com