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Glow run capstone event for AFAF campaign

Woman puts glow light on child's finger as little girl puts glow headband on.

Mandi Thorn, Marshal Thorn, and Molly Thorn, glow run participants, try on glow items at the Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5K May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Thorn family received the prize for the most creative family in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A crowd waits to for the glow run.

Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5K participants gather before the race May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The AFAF Family 5K was the final event of the AFAF campaign on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Child holds up index finger and prize bag as he smiles at the camera.

Mikey Delozier, Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5k participant, shows off his prize bag for being the first child to finish the 5K May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 5K was held as the last event of the AFAF campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Glow Run participants begin running for the 5K.

Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5K participants begin the race May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The event was free and available to anyone with base access, as well as pets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Woman poses for photo.

Nyx Sheehan, Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5K participant, poses for a photo after finishing the race May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Sheehan was awarded a prize basket for the most glow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Participants of the Air Force Assistance Fund Family 5K covered themselves in glow paint and an assortment of glowing items May 4, 2018, as they became multicolored nightlights during a lowlight jog.

Members of Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., gathered at Hangar 1080 in the glow run, the final event of the AFAF season. While preparing for the run they were also able to experience the fun event with everyone else on base by putting on free glow items and paint.

“The glow run was a fun activity my family and I enjoyed going to,” said Master Sgt. Nate Thorn, Central Recruiting Squadron reserve recruiter. “It’s a nice way to meet people in your community. It’s also an easy way to go show our support of the AFAF too.”

Glow run members contributed donations and time in an effort to support the Air Force.

“The AFAF helps Airmen and families,” said Senior Master Sgt. Alicia Moten, event organizer and 19th Medical Support Squadron superintendent. “We really focused on the fact that it’s here to help all of us. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves at the run.”

Whether runners came alone or with family, there were several contests available.

“We had a prize for the family who showed the most glow-spirit, the youngest runner, the individual who had the most glow, and a few others,” Moten said.

As members crossed the finish line, they shared high fives, hugs and cheers. Though tired, the pride of finishing, as well as supporting a worthy cause, made runners glow from the inside and out.

“We like to participate and show our kids to get out in the community, have fun and be involved with the people around you,” Thorn said. “It’s a unique way to contribute.”

For more information about the AFAF or to donate, visit http://www.afassistancefund.org/.