Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 26, 2013

It’s going to be a colorful weekend at the Travis County Expo Center.

The center, 7311 Decker Lane, will host the Electric Run on Friday night, with runners romping through what’s described as an "electric wonderland" of colorful lights and scenery. Saturday morning, it’s the Color in Motion 5K, where runners will get doused in colored powder as they stream through a 5K course.

Both runs are part of an interesting trend of non-timed, participatory events that are more social than athletic. I’m all for getting people up and at least a little bit active, but these certainly don’t have much in common with a chip-timed race.

For details, read on …

1. Electric Run - Grab your glow sticks and LEDs for this 5K run (or walk), which winds through half a dozen brightly-lit, themed scenes, separated by dark stretches designed to give your senses a chance to reset. Think of it as a rave, only with a healthy, drug-free focus. Dancing is encouraged along the way, and a finish line party follows. Starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Registration is $60 at www.electricrun.com. Benefits Back On My Feet.

2. Color in Motion 5K - Runners line up at the start wearing white (T-shirt, jersey or even a wedding dress, race organizers note), then get showered in colored powder at checkpoints throughout the course. More color blasts follow at the Color Bash afterward. Like the Electric Run, the event isn’t timed or limited to athletes. Participants start in waves every 10 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. (Waves are not assigned.) Registration is $50 at www.colorinmotion5k.com. Parking $5. Benefits the Learn to Be Foundation.