Northern Lights 5k Virtual Glow Run

Ely , MN

A 5K glow run -- virtually! 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!

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


You will have the opportunity to complete your Northern Lights 5k Virtual Glow Run anytime between September 25th - October 1st! You have two choices:

- Use a phone app such as Runkeeper or a smartwatch to track your time and distance. Run or walk your best time for 3.1 miles to be a race finisher!

- Don't want to mess around with technology? We will email all registrants the 5k course from last year. Run last year's course through Ely and keep track on a good, old fashioned time-piece of any sort.

Log back onto this site (ItsYourRace) and submit your final time!


All finishers will receive a package of prizes by mail to include a neon multi-purpose neck buff, a glow bracelet, a Northern Lights Clubhouse member art card, and a an opportunity to print your finishers certificate. 

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

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 25, 2020 - Oct 1, 2020


7:00 PM

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Ely , MN

Whiteside Park


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