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Plano Firefly Run Recap

April 8, 2016
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On Saturday March 26, I attended the Dallas Firefly Run (5K) in Plano.  This is only my second run I have ever participated in (the first was the Six:02 6K in November).  My goal is still to run a marathon (although it is looking more like a half is more doable, but we will see) before the end of the year, and I have a blast running in 5Ks now.

First Impressions

I’ll be honest, the early packet pickup this year was a bit of a headache.  I imagined I would be in and out of Luke’s Locker, but that was not the case.  It took over an hour, but the people were very nice and we were all given a $10 off Luke’s Locker purchase.  At the event, it looked much quicker and more organized.

The race swag was underwhelming compared to what I have seen from other races.  We were given two light up bracelets (one of mine broke as soon as the race started) and a running shirt (which was soft and breathable).  I was hoping for more things from the sponsors or event, but that was not the case.  It seemed like more should have been included for the $35 price.  Finishers were given nice medals at the end of the run.

Race Day

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I was excited to get in my light up gear and party the night away.  As mentioned previously, the packet pickup on location seemed to go by much smoother.  We arrived about an hour early and the parking was open and easy to get to.  My friend Kristen met up and it was easy for us to find one another.  She bought VIP tickets through Living Social, so they had access to light snacks and water before the race. (if this is offered next year, you should take advantage of it).

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There was a lot of energy and everyone seemed excited to be there.  I was told this race is less competitive and more of a fun race, so there were a ton of families and young kids there.  The pre-race show was geared toward children.  Sunny Malouf (an 11 year old singer dancer) was the headliner.  After her performance, the DJ announced for everyone to make their way to the starting line.

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It was difficult to hear the countdown, but once the buzzer rang, everyone took off.  I expected to walk most of it since i was dealing with ankle issues, but once I started running I didn’t stop until I crossed the finish line (average 8:40 min/mile).  This was not my best time by far, but it was great for not being able to train and dealing with pain in my foot.love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger Firefly Run Dallas Plano

Overall

Firefly was a fun race for families.  It was cool seeing everyone lit up at night.  The temperature was perfect at night too!  This is not a competitive race (I saw people cutting across the grass and kids stopping in the middle of the street), but an easy fun run.  Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for the costume contest or the after party.  I hope they were able to raise lots of money for Children’s Health. There were a ton of people there!  If you missed it this year, be sure to check it out next year.

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Did you attend the Firefly Run?  What was your favorite part? Leave me a comment. Let’s chat.

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  • Kim Munoz April 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Looks like fun even if there were some things missing. Loot bags are always looked forward too! LOL Its been a while since Ive done a 5k. Usually I walk with the boys, but someday we will actually run one! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      It was fun! I was so impressed with all the kids. (I think one of the first people to cross the finish line was a 12 year old). You should do one! I love them! 🙂

  • klauss April 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t attend the Firefly Run, but can i say. All girls pretty 😉

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you, Klauss.

  • Caroline harries April 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    So much fun!!! I didn’t do this one, but yes, you should do a half! Yay for Plano!!!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Love my city!! Before my ankle injury I was running 8 miles every Saturday. I was getting excited. Hopefully I can train over the summer.

  • Tasha Glover April 8, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I would have probably been one of the ones running across the grass!

    • Jessica April 8, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Haha. It was tempting for sure! 🙂

  • Denay DeGuzman April 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    The Firefly Run sounds like so much fun! I especially love that it included families with children, was non-competitive and included lighting up at night. What a wonderful event for raising funds for charity. Congratulations on participating in this fun and working your way to your next big goal of a full marathon later this year!

    • Jessica April 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Denay! It was fun. I am a little closer each day to my goal. 🙂

  • Kusum April 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Oh this is so much fun, we are planning to do a night run this summer too (music, DJ, lights and what not, haha). Swag bag sure is a bummer but good you seemed to have enjoyed taking part in this run, congrats! So cool this event was for families, makes a huge difference right.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Jessica April 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

      You will love it! The cooler temps, glow lights, music…so much fun.