For this year’s annual “Running of the Balls” 5K race in Greensboro, N.C., a drone captured the vast race track, a neighborhood featuring some 3,000 tree light balls – spheres of chicken wire wrapped in holiday lights.
According to nonprofit group Action Greensboro, eight years ago, resident Jonathan Smith and his family – who first displayed the light balls and taught their neighbors how to create them – put out a small trailer in their yard with a sign that asked visitors to donate canned goods for local charities. In the first year, they collected enough food for more than 6,000 meals. This year, the neighborhood has so far collected donations equaling 355,000 meals – or a total of 1.25 million meals since the project’s beginnings.
More than 3,000 racers took part in this year’s 5K event through the Sunset Hills neighborhood, says Action Greensboro. An overhead view of the light display was captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which created footage for a video that has so far accumulated almost 25,000 views on YouTube.
Photos captured from Action Greensboro’s YouTube video