The City of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to alert all businesses, motorists and residents that several main roads and intersections will be affected by the Neon Vibe 5K race this Saturday, September 21. The road race starts at 8 p.m. near the Pavilion inside AK Bissell Park.
The Oak Ridge Police Department will start closing major intersections and side roads at 7 p.m. The entire race course will be closed to all traffic by 7:30 p.m. The following intersections will be blocked and will not open again until after the race has finished at 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.: Oak Ridge Turnpike from Illinois Avenue to Rutgers Avenue, Oak Ridge Turnpike and Robertsville Road, Robertsville Road and Providence Road, Providence Road and Tulane Avenue at Pennsylvania, Oak Ridge Turnpike and Tulane Avenue, Tulane Avenue and Illinois Avenue, and Oak Ridge Turnpike and Rutgers Avenue. Traffic will be diverted around these intersections. Motorists should be aware of runners and walkers in the race areas and try to avoid these roads and find alternate routes if possible.
The Neon Vibe 5K is an after-dark, fluorescent fun run/walk that will have participants glowing with neon color and dancing all night long. Starting with the 5K, participants will run a traditional, non-competitive 3.1 mile course with four UV black light “glow zone” color stations and upbeat dance music set up throughout the route. Volunteers will be on hand to cover the crowd with neon powder that glows under UV black lights. The evening ends with a fun “Aftervibe Party” with a DJ at the Pavilion inside AK Bissell Park.
This is the first Neon Vibe 5K in the state of Tennessee and over 1,200 people are expected to participate. The Neon Vibe welcomes all participants regardless of age or ability and the race proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Visit https://theneonvibe.webconnex.com/oakridge to register or for event information. For other questions, contact the Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau at 865-482-7821.