There’s a great family event happening on Saturday, Oct. 7 in Wenatchee: Light The Loop Fun Run 2017 — 5k and 2k races along the Loop Trail. Kids are more than welcome at this one. In fact, event organizers are going above and beyond this year to make it a fun night for the little (and big) ones.

There will be a costume contest, live music and kids’ activities, including a super cool “glow wall” at Pybus you’ll just have to see for yourself to understand. Bring and/or wear anything that lights up: head lamps, glow sticks, flash lights, disco lights, anything!

The cost is $25 per adult, $15 per youth under 18, and that gets you a shirt and a swag bag. Or purchase a family ticket for $50. All proceeds from the event go straight to Serve Wenatchee Valley, which does charity work right here at home. (Register HERE!)

I recently sat down with one of the forces behind this year’s event, Katja Handley. She fell in love with Light the Loop when she ran it a few years ago. She pushed her then-3-year-old son Ezra in a stroller for that one.

“He loved it. He sang the whole time.”

This year, Ezra will walk and run the 2k himself, like a big kid!

“There’s not a whole lot of running events that you can involve your kids in,” Katja said. But Light the Loop is ALL about getting kids into running in a fun way.

Katja and I talked about what a lot of moms who run feel every time they tie up their running shoes and head out the door: Guilt.

“It makes me happy to run,” she said, but “running feels selfish.”

Because every time Mama goes for a run, somebody else (Dad, Grandma…) has to watch the kids. Every run Mama goes on is time away from her duties at home and work. So yes, running can feel selfish. But for many women, running is also the way we feel human after long days with babies and work responsibilities. It makes us better moms and wives.

With Light the Loop, parents can share their love of running with their kids. And since the routes are pretty short, even non-runners will love this event. Light the Loop is great for all ages of kids — from babies in strollers to teenagers decked out in glow sticks.

The routes begin outside Pybus and follow the Loop Trail. This year event organizers are planning to have something fun going on at the turnarounds on the route. Lots of participants grab dinner before or afterwards at the market, so make a family evening of it, introduce your kiddos to running, and support a worthy cause. It’s a win-win-win!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7. Registration and festivities start at 6 pm and the race starts at 7 pm.

WHERE: Pybus Public Market @ 3 N Worthen St, Wenatchee