Students ran around BYU-Idaho for the annual Spring Fling 5K Glow Run on Friday, May 25.

Lydia Eldridge, a junior studying art, oversaw the event and made sure everything went smoothly.

“This is my first go-around,” Eldridge said. “(It has been) hectic, but it has been really good. It’s been a lot of fun, I’m glad I did it.”

Students had many reasons for joining the race. Courtney Thompson, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said that running has been a part of her life since she was young.

“I find lots of joy in running,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment after (the race).”

Another reason students ran was because their roommates and friends were participating.

Joseph Whiting, a sophomore studying recreation management, said his friends dragged him into the race.

“They said, ‘Hey we’re doing a 5K tomorrow’ … and they decided to check me in with this,” Whiting said.

Even with the race starting at 10 p.m., the turnout was much more than what Eldridge expected.

“I thought we were going to have like 20 people and we had almost 50, so this is fantastic,” Eldridge said.

John Coombs crosses the finish line first at 17 minutes and 19 seconds.

Within the first 20 minutes of the race, John Coombs, a sophomore studying biology, earned first place, coming in at 17:19. Coombs said it’s always a nice feeling to be first since it doesn’t happen often.

After all the runners finished, a medal ceremony took place to award the top three winners in the men’s and women’s division.

In the men’s division, John Coombs earned first place at 17:19; Kaleb Becker, a sophomore majoring in exercise physiology, earned second place at 18:24; and Kody Shaw, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, earned third place at 18:29.

In the women’s division, Anna Redd, a sophomore majoring in food science, earned first place at 22:06; Darian Souza, a freshman majoring in general studies, earned second place at 22:39; and Chamisa Davies, a senior studying construction management, earned third place at 26:05.