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Ditch your normal turkey trot and start a new family tradition this year!

We are pumped to announce the first ever Bright Lights 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – a race through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Holiday at the Garden lights display.

Race registration includes a custom bib, a one of a kind race shirt, a shot at a custom race medal, and free entry into the Holidays at the Garden lights display for a sneak peek party from 6pm-9pm before we open to the general public for the holiday season!

Get your holiday run in the day BEFORE Thanksgiving so you can spend the whole day enjoying food and family and rubbing it in everyone’s face that you got to see the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Holiday Lights before they did!

Race Day Schedule:

  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Packet Pickup in the Grand Hall
  • 6:00pm – 5K
  • 7:00ish pm – 1 Mile Fun Run
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Holiday Lights Sneak Peek After Party


*Children 2 and under are free. All others wishing to get into the Holiday Lights sneak peek after party must register for the 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run.

*This is a multi-surface race and will take place on paved roads, grass fields, natural trails and garden pathways.

*Bright Lights 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is not a “stroller friendly” course but is doable with a running or hiking stroller (you’re definitely not setting a stroller PR for sure).

*Entry gates to the Garden will be closed from approximately 5:45pm-6:20pm on Wednesday, November 22 for the Bright Lights 5K.  Once all runners safely clear the Garden entry road, the gates will reopen.

Registration Policies

  1. There are NO refunds for this race. Click here for transfer instructions.
  2. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event due to unfavorable conditions
  3. Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God”.

Contact information

Event contact: Eric Smallwood

Check out the custom race shirts!