'Neon Run' comes to San Diego: More than 10,000 turn out for run at Qualcomm Stadium
Race under cloud after problems in Phoenix
Last Updated: 239 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Warnings went out over social media this week about Saturday night's "Neon Run" at Qualcomm Stadium but those did not stop thousands of people from participating.
Runners at the Neon Run in Phoenix complained about several things. Some said the course was too dark and others complained they were sprayed with a couple of drops of neon paint instead of getting coated with it. 10News went to the San Diego race to see if it would have similar issues.
According to sheer numbers, the San Diego Neon Run appears to be a success. About 10,000 men, women and children turned out. 10News did hear a couple of complaints from runners.
The Neon Run's website says not to expect a typical 5K road race. They are right about that because it seems this race was not anywhere near 5K.
"We don't think it was quite 3 miles," a runner told 10News. "We think it was more like 2 and a half."
In Phoenix, some runners complained it was so dark, they could not see where they were going. Some said they tripped and fell. But in San Diego, it was just the opposite.
"They had too many lights on," another runner said. "It should've been darker out there so you could see all the cool colors and the neon."
Another complaint from Phoenix was there was not enough water for runners.
"We had a sponsor for water. They came short on the water," said Neon Run race official Corey Sartin. "Our halfway water wasn't sufficient enough and we're not denying that. But we corrected it, and there's plenty of water here for San Diego."
Like in San Diego, runners in Phoenix paid anywhere between $20 and $60 each to run, depending on whether they had discount coupons. Many in Phoenix took to social media to express concern that only $2,500 had been donated to a local charity.
Sartin said they negotiate different amounts with each charity they donate to. In San Diego it was the Surfrider Foundation.
"To put on an event like this, there's an extreme cost to it, so it's not like we're defrauding people," said Satrin. "We're trying to put on a family event."
Most runners 10News spoke with seemed to enjoy themselves.
"It was fun. They really cheered you along," said racer Lynne Pilkerton. "I had a great time with all my friends... first time for me."
At the Phoenix run, there was also apparently beer promised for runners at the end of the race. That was not an issue in San Diego, since the San Diego run was an alcohol-free event.
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