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Mitchell Lions Club plans first nighttime 5K/10K run/walk benefit

Who doesn’t want to glow?

Saturday night, participants in the Mitchell Lions Club’s first-ever Glow 5K/10K Run/Walk can do just that.

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Christie Gunkel, a Lions Club member and chairwoman for the event, said registration is at 7 p.m. at The Depot on Main Street and costs $30, which includes a T-shirt, a glow-in-the dark necklace and drink from The Depot. The race starts about 8 p.m. and ends at The Depot. Gunkel said part of the route includes a black light tunnel through Hitchcock Park.

Gunkel said she heard of a similar event in Sioux Falls and wanted to try it in Mitchell.

“I thought it would be interesting and fun,” she said.

Following the run, Gunkel said there will be door prizes and The Depot will be available for food and drinks; there also will be a DJ. The Lions’ mascot will make appearances throughout the evening.

“You can have a good, family evening of fun with friends,” Gunkel said. “It’s all for a good cause, and you get something in return.”

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit diabetes awareness. According to, Lions is the world’s largest service club organization. Its vision is “to be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.” One of the main ways Lions Clubs achieve that goal is through support of sight programs — including vision screenings and eye banks — and health programs, such as diabetes prevention and control.