Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In the photo at left, participants in the 2017 “Night Owl Run” eagerly wait at the starting line to begin the 4.06 mile race.

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

Livingston’s Night Owl Run will get ready, get set, and go this Friday evening.

The 4.06 mile (like the area code) fun run or walk, which began in 2008 to raise money for local education and nonprofit groups and has since grown into a major community event, will kick off at 7 p.m. out on Old Boulder Road, northeast of town, run into downtown Livingston, and end at the Owl Lounge, at 110 N. 2nd St. There, a barbecue will await, with hot dogs, burgers, fruit, vegetables — and, for participants 21 and older, free Night Owl pint glasses filled (and re-filled) with beer.

There will be multiple prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for male and female participants, as well as prizes for 15th, 50th and 75th place overall. The youngest and oldest participants will also get prizes. Oh, and there’s a $50 cash prize awarded for the best owl costume worn by an adult — but it must be worn during the run.

In the past nine years, the run has raised more than $47,000 for local education and youth organizations and programs.

Registration costs $30 and includes a bag of goodies and the free barbecue meal after the race. Buses to the starting line will leave Sleeping Giant Middle School at 6:20 p.m. and organizers ask that participants be there by 6:10 p.m. to load.

Packet pickup and race day registration will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the community meeting room of the Livingston Food Resource Center and from 3 to 6:15 p.m. at the Sleeping Giant Middle School parking lot.

To learn more and to register for the run online, visit