Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Crystal City Twilighter 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
The 8:30 p.m. start time will make this the latest-in-the-day race I’ve ever done! I know I’ve completed at least one evening race, but not this late. But the later start time is part of the appeal: Running in the summer sun is not my thing! Plus, there are going to be glow sticks, which should make for a fun race atmosphere.
There are even cash prizes for overall first, second and third places for both men and women — this will NOT be me, as last year’s female winner ran a speedy 17:06 — and a gift for age group winners, along with team cash prizes. Although I can sometimes earn an age group award in smaller races, this looks like quite a fast 5K, so I’m not expecting any awards, which is totally fine. There is an Athlinks page where I could put that I’m attending and put in a goal time, so I put 25:00.
The regular price of this race is $45 for adults, BUT you can actually register for $15 less if you do it by Friday, June 30. The race is currently $10 off for the Early Bird rate, and with the BibRave code — 17cctBibRave — you can save an additional $5.
If you register, use my referral link.
Even though I did get a free entry to the race through BibRave, I love that this race benefits the DCXC Project. While I admittedly had not heard of this project before signing up (I live more than 2 hours away on the Eastern Shore of Maryland), I love the mission: “a year long initiative to get kids involved in running and running related sports,” according to the race website. We have a youth running program around here, the Westside Striders, and I think it’s great that people have programs like this to introduce kids to such a positive activity and the running community.
For a course map and race information, visit the Crystal City Twilighter 5K website.
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