Thursday, July 26, 2018

Detweiller at Dark runs into Peoria on Friday

Adam White (right; Shazam Racing/Running Central Owner) and Brad Henz (left; Shazam Racing Co-Owner) prepare just one small portion of the cross country course at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The park will once again be home to the "Detweiller at Dark" race on Friday night, with the races beginning at 7:00 pm on July 27th. PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Peoria, Ill. - As a student at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Adam White had an idea. What if you ran cross country in the dark? How would that look? You can look no further than "Detweiller at Dark".

One of the most unique events of its kind in the entire country, "Detweiller at Dark" is a cross country course race at Detweiller Park in Peoria, but with a catch. Concert-style audio, laser light shows, and light towers all throughout the course are just some of the different things people going to the races on Friday may notice different from the usual setting.

In fact, White compares it to a very popular sporting event that some may have heard of.

"There's nothing like it. What we are able to put on here at Detweiller at Dark can go, truly, toe-to-toe with anything that the Super Bowl puts on."

The preparation for an event such as this one, as you may imagine, is not easy. In fact, according to White, it took well over 300 labor hours just this week to set up all the "bells and whistles" that the course will feature, and that's only his team at Shazam Racing, which White owns along with Running Central, the popular running store just off of the Peoria side of the riverfront.

White also said that a team of workers from Advanced Audio, the providers of the entire sound system that lines numerous parts of the course, not only the start/finish stage, had 12 workers out at the park for 15-16 hours on Wednesday.

There will be volunteers from JDRF, who is working towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and who also will be receiving the proceeds from this event, a group that White says will number between 40 and 50 people on Friday night. He credits his "loyal, diligent team of men and women" for getting things done and ready to go for race day.

Knockerball Peoria is also going to be at the race providing free entertainment. On top of that, Alwan & Sons Meat Company in Peoria Heights will be serving up some food.

All that being said, there will be three races on Friday night. It starts off with the Open Race at 7:00 pm, which, according to the Detweiller at Dark website, "is for all post-collegiate athletes and weekend warriors". Then there's the Junior High races, which are for boys and girls up to the age of 14. The girls race is at 8:00 pm and the boys race is at 8:30 pm. The last races of the night feature the high school runners. The girls race is at 9:00 pm, and the boys race wraps up the schedule at 9:45 pm.

Also of note, PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the race, with Advanced Audio, Sunbelt Rentals, and Running Central are all sponsors as well. Shazam Racing is the group that is putting on the race.

For those that would like more information on the race, you can check out the race website,

Race Sponsor Websites + Other Important Links:
Running Central | Shazam Racing | JDRF | Knockerball Peoria | Detweiller Park 
Alwan & Sons | PNC Bank | Advanced Audio

Story compiled by Alex Staab | Metamora Herald Sports Editor
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