Night moves at Aviator

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On your mark: Alison Gross and Kimberly Torres are ready to take off with their glow necklaces and face paint.
Ready to rave: Xavier Carroll is ready to go from party-mode to race-mode.
And they’re off: Neon-clad runners hurdle through the darkness to the next electronic dance party.
Front row ravers: After the race, runners are greeted by confetti guns and DJs.
After party: Ravers revel in electronic dance music after the run.

Part 5k run, part electronic music festival, all light-and-laser fun, the Night Nation Run touched down at Aviator Spots and Events Center on Saturday and runners had a wild time.

“It was really fun,” said Kimberly Torres, a senior at Sunset Park High School. “I was going to tell my friend that I’m doing it again next year.”

Neon-clad night runners plunged through the darkness from one DJ stand to another, partying their way through an interactive course complete with light shows and bass drops. An explosive afterparty with fog machines and confetti guns awaited runners at the finish line.

“The afterparty was amazing,” said Torres. “I loved it so much.”

But some runners found that running in the dark can be hazardous — even with glow necklaces and neon tutus.

“It was kind of dark so people were falling all over the place,” said Sylvina Guerreiro, who was running the course with three friends. “One of my friends actually got hurt.”

Guerreiro says she still had a great time, and would do it again next year if the course is better illuminated and better fortified with DJs during the running portion.

“I would definitely do it again if they had more music and more lights,” she said.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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