“Night Moves” Lets Runners Explore the City After Sundown
Jun25

“Night Moves” Lets Runners Explore the City After Sundown

Imagine this: You’re running through the streets, alleys and sidewalks of downtown Fort Wayne. It’s after 10 p.m. on a warm summer night. In the darkness, only streetlights and moonbeams guide your path. Around you, several dozen people are running, walking and riding bikes in the same direction. Is it all a dream? Is it a zombie apocalypse? Nope. It’s the “Night Moves” Running Series presented by Team NeighborLink! The “Night Moves” Running Series is a four-part series of run/walk events – all held at 10 p.m. on Friday evenings through mid-July. Each event takes a different three to four mile course through downtown Fort Wayne, letting runners explore new parts of the city along well-lit streets, sidewalks and alleys. The exact course is kept secret until the night of the event. For safety, each event is limited to 40-50 runners. Headlamps are optional and Three Rivers Running Company provides casual race timing. “‘Night Moves’ is our attempt to connect to Fort Wayne’s grassroots running community members who are up for something different,” says Andrew Hoffman, Executive Director of NeighborLink Fort Wayne. “I wanted to create a running experience unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. ‘Night Moves’ provides a recreational alternative to the typical Friday night. Plus, it’s at a time of night when few things get in the way, other than your fear of the unknown.” NeighborLink Fort Wayne connects volunteers with local residents and organizations that need help with repair, construction and maintenance projects. Living Fort Wayne has even stepped in to volunteer our time. You can find a recap on our experience here. Team NeighborLink was established as an avenue for local athletes to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization. “Team NeighborLink was created as a tool to empower our volunteers and supporters, as well as those looking to incorporate something bigger than themselves into their athletic pursuits,” says Hoffman. “We’ve found that the type of folks who choose to participate in our athletic events are a lot like those who choose to volunteer at NeighborLink Fort Wayne.” The first “Night Moves” event was held on June 12th, beginning and ending at 816 Pint & Slice. The event was a sold-out success and participants buzzed about the laid-back atmosphere and positive camaraderie along the moonlit course. After hearing so much word-of-mouth praise, Team NeighborLink expanded the registration for the June 26th event to accommodate a few more participants. “Night Moves” is just one of several unique athletic events presented by Team NeighborLink. In mid-June, the group hosted the Great 80 cycling event in Roanoke, Ind. Future running and cycling events are planned for the fall...

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