Music of the Night 5k supports music programs in O’Fallon schools

O’FALLON – As dusk began to fall, O’Fallon residents gathered at Carriel Jr. High on Saturday, Aug. 4 to participate in the Music of the Night 5k run and walk to support music in local school districts. 

The 5k is the sixth annual music-themed night run. Participants were asked to wear reflective or glow-in-the-dark clothing. Music filled the air as students played while the runners took to the streets.

The 8 p.m. race began and ended at Carriel Jr. High and the route was illuminated by tiki torches to help guide runners.

Music filled the night at annual 5K run

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Saturday evening at Amelia Carriel Junior High School was a little busier than most.

Tiki torches and music filled the night as over a hundred runners came out for the Music of the Night 5K presented by Lifelong Music in O’Fallon Schools.

Members of the District 90 band program as well as OTHS Marching Panthers volunteered to perform at the start-finish line as well as in various locations along the race route.

Runners started in front of Carriel Junior High before turning south down Seven Hills Road. They then turned west down Wesley before turning north onto Shadow Ridge, turning around when they got to St. Nicholas Church. The route then returned to Carriel, where the race ended.

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Runners take part in annual Music of the Night 5K

86 runners of all ages participated in the Lifelong Music in O'Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K Saturday evening at Carriel Junior High School (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

86 runners of all ages participated in the Lifelong Music in O’Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K Saturday evening at Carriel Junior High School (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

 Fifteen year old Lucas Capistrant was the first racer to cross the finish line Saturday evening at the Lifelong Music in O'Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Fifteen year old Lucas Capistrant was the first racer to cross the finish line Saturday evening at the Lifelong Music in O’Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

(O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Runners were entertained by music as they departed Carriel Junior High School and as they returned to the finish line. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Runners were entertained by music as they departed Carriel Junior High School and as they returned to the finish line. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)