Rogue Running tour shows off Austin’s moonlight towers

One of Austin's remaining moonlight towers, a fixture in the city for almost 120 years. Photo by Karen Warren for Austin American-Statesman

One of Austin’s remaining moonlight towers, a fixture in the city for almost 120 years. Photo by Karen Warren for Austin American-Statesman

You’ve probably heard of Austin’s moonlight towers, those 165-foot poles with lights at the top, designed to cast a moon-like glow over the city.

But have you seen them up close? Rogue Running coaches will lead a guided run past them on Thursday, March 24. Routes range from 3 to 10 miles, and Nuun Hydration and Austin Massage Company will man water stops along the way

Austin officials purchased 31 moonlight towers from the city of Detroit back in 1894, when they were popular around the country. Today it’s the only city in the country that still has some. The one at Zilker Park is transformed into a lighted tree every holiday season.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the run starts at 8 p.m. Runners will return by 10 p.m. for an after party.

Tickets are $10 and include the run, a drink ticket, post run snacks from Clif Bar and ZEN Japanese Food Fast, and giveaways from Saucony and Sof Sole. The first 150 to register get a special edition pint glass.

The event is open to all skill levels.

To register go here.


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