Healthy Living

Glow Run to light up Newnan on Dec. 1

by Bradley Hartsell

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Brannan Pass (left), embraces her friend and fellow 5k runner, Rachel Kinrade (right), at last year’s Glow Light Your World 5k. 


When Brannan Pass and her family took a visit to Bridging the Gap Community Outreach in Newnan, it was the eye-opening experience they hoped it would be.

“I thought, ‘Wow, I can really do more with my time to give back,’” remembered Pass of the visit.

Bridging the Gap is a Christian-based organization providing services to those struggling with living situations and getting proper meals. They’re a non-profit that, according to Pass, focuses on meeting physical and spiritual needs of the residents of Coweta County.

Seeing a different side of life, the wheels in Pass’ head began turning, wondering how she could do her part to give back. Pass says she called her four closest friends, mothers just like her, and suggested the kernels of what would become the Glow Light Your World 5k.

Last year at the inaugural event, Pass says she had a lofty goal of 200 participants. They got 750.

“It was really amazing,” said Pass. “I could do something to make a difference.”

Now entering its second year, the Glow Run is a chance for Coweta to enjoy a 5k with an unusual twist. The run occurs after dark, with participants wearing glow-in-the-dark shirts, jewelry and shoelaces, to name a few. Santa Claus kicks off the festivities by hosting a one-mile fun run before the 5k starts.

Happening on Dec. 1 in front of Belk in Ashley Park at 6 p.m., every dollar the Glow Run raises goes to benefit Bridging the Gap. Last year, Pass and her friends were admittedly rookies at planning such a large-scale event, yet they still managed to raise more than $25,000. Though everything went better than expected, planning an event on short notice brought on stress and uncertainties.

Armed with a year of experience, Pass is excited for this event and is confident Coweta will have a good time throwing on glow-in-the-dark garb and running 5k for a good cause. This year, she promises surprises along the route and believes people of all ages, including kids, who aren’t always in the 5k run demographic, will have fun.

The run being held at night is not a concern, says Pass. She says she has met with Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs of Newnan Police Department several times to ensure the event is safe for everyone, and they’ve hired police to watch traffic areas to augment the safety of the event even more.

Pass mentioned the Glow Run couldn’t be more aptly timed, as the shelves at Bridging the Gap just ran empty early last week.

“Bridging the Gap focuses on partnering in the community and working together,” said Pass. For an organization that dedicates itself to helping others, the Glow Light Your World Run is the perfect opportunity to give back and help restock those shelves.



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