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REC Center’s Glowing Pumpkin Fun Run becomes family tradition in MP

Oct 20, 2017
Photo by: Karyn Spory East Lake Park was aglow Thursday night for the REC Center’s annual Glowing Pumpkin Fun Run. Nearly 300 people took part in the event, which featured food and games before the run/walk.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


As the sun began to sink below the horizon Thursday night, East Lake Park began to glow as lights of every color lit up the walking trail for the REC Center’s annual Glowing Pumpkin Fun Run.

Six-year-old Cooper Genkenger and his brother Camden, 3, were entranced with the lights, posing with the glowing pumpkins at the race’s starting line.

“I like all the lights and the games,” announced Cooper, who was dressed as a fighter pilot. His brother seemed almost giddy when he realized his orange astronaut costume was almost the same color as the glowing pumpkins.

“This is the third year we’ve been out here,” said mom Jami Genkenger. Nestled on Jami’s chest was the newest addition to their family, four-week-old Christin. “We’ve done this every year, even with a new baby we weren’t going to miss it. It’s good for all of us to get out of the house.

Jami said she enjoys the event because her boys get to play games and have fun while she catches up with friends.

Jenny and Billy Jackson came to last year’s fun run while Jenny was pregnant. This year they introduced eight-month-old Connor to the festivities. “It was a lot of fun,” Jenny said of the event. “It’s nice that it’s on a weeknight after work and not on the weekend.”

Billy agreed, adding he felt it was just a fun event that allows everyone to come together as a community.

Karla Millard sat on a picnic table as she watched her granddaughter, Eden Millard, 7, rolling a pumpkin toward a tower of toilet paper. “This is just a fun night out,” said Millard, pausing to cheer for Eden as she knocked over two towers with her pumpkin. “It’s fun to see (the park) lit up with all the lights and we get a little exercise,” she said.

This was the first year Millard had brought her granddaughter, but thought it would likely become a family tradition.

The glow run was already a tradition for mother and daughter duo Stacia Mikayela Thompson.

“We did this last year as a mom and daughter team and we had a good time,” said Stacia.

“But we were not prepared,” her daughter Mikayela adds. “We had costumes, but we only had one glow bracelet.”

This year, however, they were prepared. The mother daughter duo had glow bracelets, necklaces, anklets and even glowing glasses. “We’re all glowed up,” announced Mikayela.

Raul Becerril, health and wellness coordinator at the REC Center, said he was really happy when he heard so many families referring to the event as a family tradition. “It’s a great event for the community to come out and do something with their families and to be active.”

Becerril said overall he thought the event was a success. “We had a great group of people come out and enjoy themselves with food and games.”

Becerril said there was close to 300 participants, which was similar to last year’s event.

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