Written by Tamara Murga, News Editor
Runners, walkers, and dancers of all ages met at the starting line of the Neon Dash 5k in Los Angeles on September 27th to take a stand against bullying. The original nighttime event filled the course with glowing participants, music, foam, UV black light, and entertainment to support the charity, Gremlin’s Kids.
Professional MMA Fighter, Danny “The Gremlin” Martinez, started Gremlin Kids, an athlete’s for education nonprofit program to benefit young victims of bullying. The program focuses on building character, self-esteem, and self-confidence by offering a welcoming location for sports, martial arts, and fine arts.
“Bullying is everywhere you go, and it makes kids turn away from sports and being confident,” Martinez said on Athletes for Education Foundation’s website. “I want to have a kids program where kids can come and be supportive to each other in anything they do.”
In collaboration with Gremlin’s Kids, the live bright tour welcomed hundreds of people to a fun and well-planned 3.1 mile course. It began with neon lit pathways that lead to stations where participants left drenched in neon paint and foam. Through the StubHub Center’s stadium, gym facilities, parking lot, and back to the starting line, the participants finished off the night with an unforgettable neon dance party. Families, friends, and teams formed a glowing dancing crowd in celebration of their 5k run or walk completion and their stand against bullying. For more information about the Neon Dash tour near your town, visit: http://www.neondash.com