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Night Glow 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Hurricane

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter

For a good time that’s untimed to let everyone compete -- and complete -- at his or her own pace, the third annual Night Glow 5K Run/Walk will light up Hurricane City Park on Sunday, May 28.

A fun run to raise funds for Putnam County students to attend Young Life’s Rockbridge summer camp, the Night Glow 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 p.m. at the park on W.Va. 34 in Hurricane.

Registration for the run/walk costs $30. It includes a T-shirt, color powder packets and glow sticks.

Snacks, DJ-provided music, games such as cornhole and volleyball, and other activities will be offered for the entire family before, during and after the nighttime event. Festivities will be held at the Roy Dudley Shelter in Hurricane City Park, with registration and packet pickup beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Young Life is a worldwide, faith-based program and Christian ministry for adolescents. It has operated a club in Putnam County for nearly 10 years.

The Rev. Rob Laukoter, pastor of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Hurricane, is returning as an organizer of the yearly twilight event. The first Night Glow 5K Run/Walk in Putnam County, in 2015, attracted more than 125 people. Roughly the same number attended last year, Laukoter said.

The Young Life Camp will be held June 17 through June 22 at Rockbridge in Goshen, Virginia.

“Young Life camps are absolutely amazing; it’s not like a general camp,” Laukoter said. “They go all out with the kids. Back in the 19th century, Rockbridge was a vacation destination. It has some springs on the site, where people would go on vacations and have their baths for their ailments. It’s got some neat history.”

The pastor said nearly 40 local teenagers are planning to attend the summer camp, and the Night Glow proceeds will help them do so.

The Putnam chapter of Young Life consists of students from Winfield and Hurricane high schools who meet weekly, Laukoter said. “We call it ‘a party with a purpose,’” he said. “They play music, sing contemporary songs and do some crazy skits. At the end of it, somebody gives a message. It’s for kids who have never heard the Gospel or don’t know who Jesus is. The message is that we want you to know who he is.”

The Putnam high school youth group meets Mondays at the Winfield Community Center in Winfield during the school year.

More information about the group and its various activities throughout the year is posted on its Facebook page as well as at

There is also a Wyldlife group for Putnam middle school students that meets monthly throughout the school year. Information about Wyldlife is also posted on the Young Life website above.

Young Life is open to middle school, high school and college-age youth in all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the world, according to its website.

Additional information and registration forms for Sunday’s Night Glow 5K Run/Walk are posted at or can be received by calling the Rev. Rob Laukoter at 304-610-3054.


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