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Schedule and Events
Saturday, October 4, 2014
5:00 p.m. | Registration Opens
Join us at UW-L's Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. Day-of registration is available, but prices increase to $30 on the day-of, so be sure to register early!
7:00 p.m. | Run/Walk Begins
How bright can you glow? We'll kick-start the event with a laser-infused send-off from inside the stadium. Kids and families are welcome to run or walk together!
7:00 p.m. | Laser Show
A bright and exciting laser show, themed to music, will begin as glowers race to the finish line. Get ready to be amazed!
8:30 p.m. | Deke's Dash (Kids)
Sponsored by the Ronald McDonald Foundation (Courtesy Corporation), children under 12 Race for free on the track at UW-L. Don't miss this chance to run under the "BIG" lights!
8:30 p.m. | Screen on the Green
Allergy Associates sponsors the cinematic experience of the year! Bring your sleeping bags and lawn chairs to claim your spot on the field for an HD movie on UW-L's HUGE scoreboard.
9:00 p.m. | After Glow Party
The After Glow Party is sponsored by 3RT Networks. Join us in the beer garden for beverages, food and a performance by a pair of incredible "dueling" DJs!
Learn why we Glow.
Derrick "Deke" Kroll
Deke was a man of great passion—for life, family, friends, running, and enabling the youth of La Crosse to achieve their dreams. Sadly, he passed away on November 18th, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.
At an early age, Deke recognized the importance of providing a safe, fun and welcoming environment for local youth. It's no wonder that Deke chose a career with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, where he served as Director of Operations. Deke had a tremendous zest for life and dedication to helping the children of the Boys & Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse turns no child away. For every $20 made by Glow in the Deke, the cost of one child's entire year of membership at the club is covered. And together with the Hope Lives Foundation, an annual scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a local young adult whose life was affected by cancer.
Beginning in 2010, friends of Deke Kroll organized the first "Deke's Run". After the 2011 run, the Hope Lives Foundation became involved as the event producer. The Hope Lives Foundation changed the format to a glow in the dark run/walk and added other events, gradually growing participation. In 2013, we were honored to host 2,000 Glowers.
Did you have a great time last year? Let us know!
Photos. Stories. Crazy costumes. We want to hear it all! Leading up to the event, we'll be posting contests and giveaways on our Facebook page. Connect with us to keep up on all the latest news and updates.