The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts (EOE) hosted their first Ely Neon Lights 5K on July 16. This night event took place at Steptoe Park, where participants ran or walked through five blacklight stations where they were sprayed with neon, blacklight reactive, water soluble, non-toxic paint. At the end of the event there was blacklight color explosion.

Nancy Herms, the EOE race director, said she was “very pleased” at how smoothly the event went with 185 participants.

“Planning for this event was a little more challenging than our other events,” Herms said. “We rented 14 blacklights from Virginia. Each blacklight station used electricity from businesses or residences along the route. The county worked with us and we were able to turn the light at Steptoe Park off so our blacklights were nice and bright!.”

Herms said that EOE was thankful to all the businesses that sponsored Ely Neon Lights, as well as the residences who provided electricity for the blacklight stations. She said that EOE also appreciated all the help from the volunteers.

The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts are a non-profit group whose mission is to encourage people to be active and lead healthy lifestyles through fitness events that raise funds for community-wide wellness while promoting tourism in White Pine County. Proceeds from their 2016 events will go to the Ely Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new treadmill to replace their very outdated treadmill.

“We are very excited to give back to the community and to promote physical fitness and wellness,” Herms said. “We hope that the word will continue to spread about us and our events. Local community support, whether it is sponsoring, participating, or volunteering, has been excellent and remains a critical part in the success of our events.”

Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts next event is Take it to the Lake Half Marathon, 10, and Kids Fun Run on Sept. 17.

For more information regarding Take it to the Lake, or any other event, visit their webpage at