Glow Run

The Glow Run, with an anti-bullying message, will return to Crossroads Regional Park for the first time in several years.

A big party in the park is coming up next Saturday.

October 2 will see the return of the Glow Run, among a full schedule of activities for family fun, including a car show, movie in the park, sports and lots of fun activities for kids.

“Reconnect 4 Autism is trying to make this a big community event,” said Don Essary, one of the group’s leaders. “We want to get Corinth involved in the city park and bring awareness to the bullying problem we have here in Corinth.”

The Glow Run was last held several years ago, and Reconnect 4 Autism, which has had big success with the Color Run, is excited to take it on.

The Color Run came from the idea for a birthday party at the park for Essary’s grandson, and it ended up with more than 800 runners in its first outing.

Saturday’s event is a free event and free for vendors to participate, although some vendors will charge for their offerings, such as food and bouncy houses.

The anti-bullying message will be a big part of the event, with speakers talking on the subject. Essary said he knows of a young person who attempted to take his life because of bullying.

“It’s happening right here in our town, and we want people to be aware of it,” he said.

A car show, beginning at 10 a.m., is expecting 50 to 100 entries. One-day tournaments for baseball, softball and tennis are planned. Activities like miniature golf, a dunk tank and festival games will be available.

After the evening’s run, the park will present a movie, “Monster House.” Park Director Robin Baker said Girls Scouts will help with a crafts project around 5:30 p.m. to make and decorate cardboard box cars for kids ages 8 and under to sit in during the movie for a drive-in experience.

Essary said Reconnect 4 Autism is looking to make this an annual event, though probably moving to another October weekend in the future because of other events on the same date.

The day’s lineup includes:

9 a.m. – Baseball, softball and tennis tournaments bein

10 a.m. – Car show

Noon – Cornhole tournament (11 a.m. registration)

Noon to 2 p.m. – Tim Sheffield music

2 to 5 p.m. – VFW showcase

3 p.m. – Disc golf tournament

5 to 6 p.m. – Moonstone Covenant

6 p.m. – Pre-run pep talk and light up

7 p.m. – Buddies not Bullies Glow Run/Walk

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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