It’s a race for a good cause.
On Saturday night, patrons of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will don their sneakers and sweats and take to the streets for the 24th Night Run for the Arts.
Bill Thompson, he center’s spokesman, said the $25 per person fee will benefit the center’s youth and education outreach programs. More than 1,200 people are expected to participate Saturday.
Longtime attendee Cliff Eggink, 72, of Scottsdale, said he and wife Tatjana, 47, plan to enter this weekend’s race.
The couple, both triathletes, said the event is a fun night out.
“It’s fun to see people coming out from the restaurants and bars to cheer you on and toast you with a brewsky,” said Cliff Eggink of the 8k race, which begins at 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and goes through the streets downtown before returning back to mall. Eggink said there are other advantages of an evening run besides the party atmosphere — it’s cooler.
Bill Banchs, CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, running in the event for the first time, said he’s looking forward to meeting his fellow runners.
Living up to the goal he set of being a hands-on CEO when he took the job in January, Banchs said he encourages attendees to approach him Saturday and share their views on Scottsdale’s cultural offerings.
That is, if the racers can keep up with him.
Banchs said he’s been an avid runner for more than 40 years, taking up the sport at 15.
The Arizona heat, he said, hasn’t stopped him yet.
Having previously lived in Miami, Banchs — who wakes at 5 a.m. a few days a week to run — is used to breaking into a sweat.
For those looking for a more mellow workout, there will be a three-mile fun run/walk at 7 p.m. followed by an art stroll — where art docents will give walking tours of the
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall’s sculptures.
What: Night Run for the Arts
When: 5 p.m. Eco Fair; 7 p.m. 3K Fun Run; 8 p.m. 8k race, Saturday
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Amphitheater, 75th and Main streets., Scottsdale
Information: $25 fee; www.scottsdalenightrun.org; (480) 874-4662