Northern Lights 5k Glow Run

Ely , MN

Join us on Friday September 23rd for a 5K glow run -- Run, walk, skip, or hop at your own pace whenever and wherever is convenient for you. We greatly  appreciate your continued support of our important cause providing mental health programming in the Ely area! Online Registration is now open for 2022. Online Registration prices: $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for youth.

Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 23rd. New registrations are welcome from 12:00-5:45. Race day prices are $35.00 for adults, $25.00 for students and $15.00 for youth.

Did you know 1 in 5 Americans have exprienced a mental health condition in the past year, including about 1 in 5 people under 18? These numbers have only gone up this year due to COVID-19 which has added extra stress, depression, and challenges to many families.  The majority of those experiencing a mental illness do not receive any behavioral health or supportive services. This is likely to be even higher in the Ely area, as there is a workforce shortage of mental health providers to meet the needs in our community.
100% of your registration supports the Northern Lights Clubhouse.The Northern Lights Clubhouse is a community-driven program to ensure persons living with mental illness in the Ely area receive support through social, educational, and artistic opportunities as well as health, nutrition and transportation assistance. The clubhouse is a healing and mentoring environment for persons experiencing challenges including depression, stress, loss and anxiety. Find out more at


If you need a warm up run for Saturday's marathon, or if this is your start to training for next year's marathon, look no further than the 5K! Runners of all ages can sign up to enjoy this fun run.

The 5K GLOW RUN is for ALL ages and abilities! Anyone can enjoy this certified 5K route. 

A 5K glow run for all ages and abilities from competitive racers to walkers to families with a stroller on this certified 5K route. Wheel chairs are welcome too! This light filled race is a fund raiser for Northern Lights Clubhouse.

The Northern Lights 5k Glow Run will be spectacular as the course takes you through glow zones as the sun sets. The race will start promptly at 7:00 PM at Whiteside Park. Runners are encouraged to wear glow wear to add to the fun. 
R free

Glow accessories are also available for sale the day of the event. 

The race course is paved. There are street lights and glow zones along the race course and a few hills for fun.

This is a chip timed race, but anyone wanting to run or walk for enjoyment is welcome (wheelchairs and strollers too).

Please no dogs, bikes or scooters.

There are a variety of food and fun activities throughout the Ely area all weekend. Check out for more information.

Note- Costs for this event are accrued very early on in the planning process.  That being said, in the event that it is necessary to cancel the race due to COVID-19 or any other natural disasters - all racers already registered will receive an entry for the following year's race.  Issuing refunds or credit would be devastating to the event, as this race operates on a very thin margin.  The focus of this event is to bring vitality and support to the community of Ely and it is important to be able to see these events continue for many years.   

We do not offer refunds for this race after August 30, 2022. 

To make it even more fun, we will have a number of special prizes to include:
- Top Race Finishers
- Most Creative Costumes
- Best Glow

More information to come closer to the race about how to submit your selfies for prizes.


We want you to be able to participate. We know how important exercise, community, and the great outdoors are for all of us. If price is a barrier for you, please register at the student or youth price, no questions asked.

If you are able, please consider providing some extra support and registering at the "Mental Health Advocate" rate. You keep our doors open and make a huge difference in the community!

When & Where

Sep 23, 2022


7:00 PM

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Ely , MN

Whiteside Park


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