Show your glow at the Griz Glow 5K fun run at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the University of Montana Golf Course!

Check-In & Start Time

Participants must arrive at the UM Golf Course pro shop between 7 and 8 p.m. for check-in, which includes picking up race packets. Each participant receives a race t-shirt, an LED bracelet, multicolor LED chaser necklace and black-light reflective race number. 

Available for purchase at our check-in table are:

  • Neon dreads with LED lights
  • LED bracelets
  • Gloves with light-up fingertips
  • Light-up shoelaces

Check-in table


Along with check-in, pre-race festivities begin at 7 p.m. These activities often include a DJ, black-light face painting stations, a bounce house and dance. UM Dining's Iron Griz Restaurant will be open, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and delicious starters, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees and desserts until 9 p.m. Debit and credit cards accepted.

The sky will get darker as the pre-race festivities draw to a close, then it's GLOW TIME!  The race will begin promptly at 8 p.m.  Race organizers will make an announcement over a loud speaker when it is time for participants to approach the starting line. This is just a few minutes before the race begins.  The "party cart," blasting music, will then set off from the starting line to signal the start.


The race will take place at the University of Montana Golf Course at 515 South Ave. East in Missoula. 

Shown on the course map in blue, the race route is a 5K, or approximately 3 miles.  The route includes a few hairpin turns and traverses several gentle hills.

Marked with numbers on the course map are Glow Zones.  While these Glow Zones are areas that will be particularly festive and bright, it is not required to run through them; you may choose to skip these areas and run around them instead.

Course map

Glow Zones


Glow Zones are what make the Griz Glow 5K unique and extra fun. There are six or more Glow Zones throughout the course, providing opportunities to catch your breath, enjoy the entertainment, dance or play.

In the past Glow Zones have included hooping and fire performance by the UM Circus Club, live music from The Ghost Peppers, tunnels, obstacle courses, lightsaber battles with the UM Fencing Club, a giant slip and slide, splatter painting, a disco party and many more.

If you or your group, club or business would like to volunteer to host a Glow Zone, please contact us at Also, please email us if you would like to become a Griz Glow sponsor.

What to Bring and Wear

  • Sneakers
  • Warm, weather-resistant layers
  • Hat or winter headband
  • Gloves
  • Handwarmers
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Water
  • Tissues
  • Stroller if you have small children
  • Knee or ankle brace if you usually wear one
  • Friends and family!
  • White, neon or patterned clothing
  • Costume
  • Colorful race tutu
  • Glowsticks
  • Glow-in-the-dark nail polish
  • Hot cocoa
  • Money for glow accessories at our check-in table or beverages at the Iron Griz

Black-Light Photo Booth

Before or after the race, you have the chance to get your photo professionally taken at our black-light photo booth.  Silly, fun, exhausted, colorful and fun photos of individuals and groups are then posted the week after the race to the Campus Recreation Youth Camps Facebook page for you to share with friends. Copies will be available for purchase through the photographer.

Take a look at past photos here!

Hot Shins Productions 2017 photo