There are unhealthy concepts. After which are epically unhealthy concepts.
Night time Nation Run – which payments itself as “The World’s First Working Music Competition,” as a result of, hey, who can imagine nobody considered this sooner? – is coming to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor in June. It matches the epically unhealthy thought invoice reasonably snugly.
I turned conscious of this day-glo cynicism-fest – cynical as a result of that is an out-of-town firm coming into Buffalo, the place the custom of holding races for native charity is a deep one – by way of a colleague who supplied an awesomely snarky touch upon the Night time Nation Run “sponsored submit,” through Fb.
The concept – which it took me some time to establish, so bewildered was I by the imagery of runners adorned in glow sticks, neon colours and compression jogging tights – is to mix working with the form of EDM-related actions that usually happen late within the night at festivals like Coachella. Night time Nation Run is an organization following the lead of like-minded running-related mini-music-festivals, amongst them the Shade Run (through which runners are showered with varied coloured powders earlier than coming collectively in a rainbow-colored rave-up on the race’s conclusion) and the Electrical Run (the place runners don furry fits or in any other case interact in cosplay earlier than assembly at run’s finish for an EMD social gathering/rave).
I’m a giant fan of “to every his or her personal, so long as they’re harming nobody else,” so I gained’t choose anybody who likes to social gathering, nor the style through which they love to do it. Nevertheless, presenting the type of music and expertise that has on the very least an implied connection to partying, after which including an athletic occasion to the combo, strikes me as, oh, I do not know – mildly unwise?
It’s no secret that 5k runs across the space usually finish in beer tents. Night time Nation Run, Shade Run and Electrical Run didn’t invent this. They did assist to show it right into a narcissism fest for “Era Selfie” nevertheless. Witness this piece within the New York Occasions, which mentioned the rising pattern of which Night time Nation Run is however one in all many shifting components.
“Train usually is inappropriate. At a Shade Run this yr at Citi Subject in Queens, few individuals truly ran. Most walked the 5K size, stopping often to offer each other bear hugs, take selfies and roll round in coloured powder.”
Cool. Innocent, too. But additionally somewhat bit chilling, in its depiction of narcissism run amok.
The Night time Run Nation website provides a typical website map, replete with “selfie stations” littered all through the course and highlights of spots the place music will likely be enjoying – none of which will likely be offered by precise musicians, to say nothing of working musicians from the local people. All of it ends with a set from a DJ on the huge principal stage situated simply previous the end line.
And therein lies the most important downside with all of this: It’s a cookie-cutter pageant, a one-size-fits-all expertise that rolls into city, units up its huge prime, prices $60 ($29 if you happen to’re keen sufficient to be an “early chicken”), does nothing to acknowledge the native tradition, after which strikes on to the subsequent metropolis.
One may argue that that is what any touring act or pageant does. However we now have seen progress in homegrown festivals and concert events in our area over the previous few years, so why not deal with these?
By all means, dig Night time Run Nation, if that’s your bag. Me? I say, let’s hold it native. Let’s put money into ourselves.
And let’s get our train out of the best way earlier than we head to the gig.