Friday, August 17, marked the inaugural Firefly 5K Run/Walk at City Park in Denver. This unforgettable night was lit up by thousands of runners and walkers dressed up in bright LED lights, glow-in-the-dark sticks and neon tights and tutus.
The bright mastermind behind the Firefly run is Chinese-American Jerry Su from Plano, Texas. The first race, held in 2010 in Dallas was inspired by a Red Cross volunteer who Su unexpectedly met in China. He recalls, “her life was dedicated to helping others – that was her lifestyle and where she found happiness.” When Su came back to the states, he envisioned his calling to help others by combining his love for running and passionate knowledge in lighting to create the Firefly Run.
The event is currently held in seven major cities (including Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta). Each race raises money for local charities such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Children’s Medical Center. Su hopes to expand this one-of-a-kind night race to fourteen major cities next year.
Su works with two of his closest friends, Joe Lee and Daniel Kao, also Chinese-Americans, to organize, market, and direct operations from Texas. They say the best part is travelling to each unique city and experience “all the lights and happy people” who participate and volunteer.
Known to his friends as “light bug”, Su created all the LED lighting panels for the race and he plans to make every year better by keeping the entertainment “fresh, fun, and visually stunning”.
Join the race next year and you may be surprised with a flash mob or dancers in state-of-the-art wireless controlled LED suits. For more information, visit www.fireflyrun.com.