Editorial: Runners "glow" for a good cause

If

you are anywhere in the vicinity of Shell Beach Drive at about 8:30

p.m. today, odds are you’ll see some strange-looking

moving lights. That’s because runners and walkers adorned with

glow-in-the-dark body paint and glowing necklaces and carrying

glow sticks will be taking part in Gleaux Run Lake Charles, and

it’s all for a good cause.

The 5k fundraiser will benefit the American Cancer Society, with money raised going toward research grants distributed by

the organization’s national office.

“Some of the biggest breakthroughs in cancer treatment have come from research funded by the American Cancer Society, so these

dollars might very well lead to a cure,” said Sandy Gobert, community representative for the American Cancer Society.

The idea of bringing the Gleaux Run to Lake Charles came from Gobert, and she’ll be running in the race tonight.

Similar runs have been done in Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Leesville with great turnouts, Gobert said.

Locally, the area’s first Gleaux Run does not have any official sponsors, but did receive generous donations from Walmart

on Nelson Road and the Lake Charles Coca-Cola Co.

Gobert said Tuesday that more than $18,000 has been raised, and that as of Aug. 8, 750 participants have signed up for tonight’s

race.

Ward 3 City Marshal Joey Alcede was praised by Gobert for making the area’s initial Gleaux Run possible.

“He helped us get the city on board to approve a night run that will shut down Shell Beach Drive for an hour,” said Gobert.

The out-and-back course starts behind the Civic Center on Bord Du Lac Drive, goes down Shell Beach Drive to Barbe Street,

and then turns back.

Participants in other Gleaux Runs have been encouraged to be as creative as they wanted to be by incorporating lights and

other glowing objects into their running gear.

So as the sun fades and the evening

sky goes dark tonight, hundreds of runners and walkers will be glowing

in honor of the

fight against cancer. The good news is that it’s not too late to

join them. Show up on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds

and register for the event from 6:30 p.m. until tonight’s 8:30

p.m. start.

If that’s not possible, you’ll get another chance. Gobert said the run will be an annual event that will take place each August.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.