Blacklight Run to debut in Asia, with Singapore its first stop

Blacklight Run to debut in Asia, with Singapore its first stop
Singapore will play host to Asia's first-ever Blacklight Run on October 29.
Popular US night-time event expected to attract 7,000 runners; will be held at Sentosa on Oct 29
Published: 8:40 PM, July 1, 2016
Updated: 2:06 AM, July 2, 2016

SINGAPORE – Billed as the world’s largest ultraviolet night time 5km fun run, the Blacklight Run is set to make its way to Singapore this October, with more than 7,000 participants expected to take part in its inaugural edition at Palawan Green on Sentosa.

This is also the first time that the run, which originates from the United States, will be held in Asia.

While Singapore will host the event on October 29, it will also make a stop in Bangkok a month later on November 26. Both runs are organised by local events company Orange Room Pte Ltd.

The Blacklight run is distinctive for its use of UV Neon Powder. Participants can expect to be covered in the powder, which is illuminated by the black lights spread across the run route. Organisers are hopeful of expanding the race into other parts of Asia, such as the Philippines and China, in the coming years.

“We want people in Asia to experience the Blacklight Run, which combines exercise, music and fun, because we believe it is a unique, world-class event,” said Orange Room managing director Elvin Ting.

“I’ve been to the run in the US and I enjoyed myself thoroughly there. That is why I was confident enough to bring the event to Singapore as I’m sure it will be a success here in Asia as well.”

Ting also gave his reassurances that the powder used in the race was safe. “All products used are 100 percent natural and non-toxic,” he said. “In addition, as it’s a powder-based substance, it won’t stain your clothes unlike the liquid-based substances which other races might use.”

With lifestyle and performance footwear company Skechers coming on board the event as title sponsor, Ting was able to book American DJ “DJ Automatic”, who has shared the stage with the likes of Kanye West, to perform at the post-run party.

“The After Party is a big part of the…experience,” said Ting. “And as this is the first time we’re having the Blacklight Run in Asia, we wanted to ensure that all aspects of the event are top-notch.

“So while it wasn’t easy to get ‘DJ Automatic’ in for the event, we knew we had to do it as he was the original DJ from the USA events, so it’s only appropriate for him to be here for the inaugural Singapore Blacklight Run, although we’ve also got some great local DJs to play at the event as well.

“Overall, this race is open to anyone of any age, and we don’t have want to put restrictions on how fast or slow you take to finish the 5km course. The key is that it must be an unforgettable, and enjoyable experience for all.”

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