The Spark Run: A fitness journey through music and light

Electronic music lovers are no strangers to moving their bodies and working up a sweat, but The Spark Run is taking the love of the music-aerobic workout combo to the next level. Kicking off in Denver on Friday, The Spark Run is mixing a typical “fun run” with energy, light and music, specifically the alternating smooth and energetic sounds of event partner, Kaskade.

Kaskade is a producer and DJ that has garnered much fame recently, but has been in the EDM scene for more than a decade. He has put out 10 studio albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy in 2011. Headlining hundreds of events each year including Coachella and Lalapalooza, and selling out arenas left and right, Kaskade's positive and uplifting brand of electronic music has coined him as an innovator and legend in the genre. His focus on positivity made him an obvious partner for a fitness focused event like The Spark Run, which partners with the Special Olympics Colorado, and it is likely to see the Chicago DJ running in the race before his set.

The Spark Run kicks off in Denver, but will also travel to five other U.S. cities including Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago, Miami and Charlotte, in that order. At Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, the 5K run or walk starts at 8 p.m., already setting it apart from most organized runs, and participants are encouraged to come in costume and/or bring their own lights and glow sticks. This all ages 5K (or 3.1 miles for the non-metric folks) offers free entry for children under eight and there will be face painting available.

Fitness and music have always gone hand in hand, just take a look around any gym. The Spark Run embraces this connection unlike any other run has. Participants, donned in wild costumes and decked out in lights, will be embarking on a sensory experience that will fill their ears, eyes and hearts with beauty. After dashing off the starting blocks, runners (and walkers) will hit several checkpoints including Flicker Forest, Kaskade's Korner, Interactive Sparkway, and the Graffiti District. The finish line is more welcoming than most, greeting finishers with the Ultimate After Party, which will feature Kaskade as well as more fun.

As if this fun run wasn't entertaining enough, each Spark Run will be partnering with a local charity. The Denver leg will be benefiting the Special Olympics Colorado, which provides year-round training and competition for those with disabilities.

Get the family together, dig out all your glow sticks, flashlights and other lights and embark on a journey of the senses at Denver's The Spark Run.

Join the fun and register for The Spark Run here.