Elite Automotive's Run to the Lights 5K Fundraiser

in United States at Silver Dollar City

Online registration for this event has closed. You may still register on site the night of the run. Adult registration is $50.00 and Child Registration is $25.00 (4-12)

  • 5K Run / Walk
    Run/walk through 6.5 million Christmas lights and light up the life of a Single Mom!

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  • Let There Be Lights Drive Thru
    November 1 through December 31

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  • Team Run Like the Wind Registrants

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  • UnRun
    Not a runner. Can't attend. Sign up for the "UnRun" and enjoy the "perks" without the "work"!

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  • Create a Team
    Grab friends, family, co-workers...teams of 10 and up receive $5 off each registration!

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  • Join an Existing Team
    Grab friends, family, co-workers...teams of 10 and up receive $5 off each registration!

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  • Donation To The Caring People - reaching out to Single Moms and their children
    Make a contribution and help support the mission of the Caring People!

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Mission of the Caring People

The Caring People bring the unfailing love of Christ to Single Moms. It was founded in 1997 by Springfield, Missouri native JoDee Herschend. JoDee’ s husband Pete, serves as Chair of the Caring People and  is a co-founder of Silver Dollar City, our spectacular host for Run to the Lights. Our model is based on a simple principle...unconditional love, forgiveness and hope changes lives. We deliver “hope” by partnering  caring, Christian women as mentors with Single Moms in weekly Care Groups in host churches mostly.  Care Groups provide a sound support system for Single Moms, who often parent alone in difficult circumstances. But, there is hope in Jesus!  Currently, Care Groups operate in 4 states: Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma. It’s our goal to plant thousands of Care Groups across the United States. But, it takes resources and that’s where Run to the Lights 5k makes a true impact.

Race Night Order of events

6:00 - 9:00 PM: On site Registration Enjoy the park until 9 pm!

9:30 PM: Welcome and entertainment by the big Christmas Tree

10:00 PM: Race Directions at Gazebo by the Christmas Tree

10:15 PM: (Appx.) Race Begins Once Course is cleared for safety by SDC.

11:00 PM: Awards Ceremony and Prize Giveaways

11:15 PM: Thank you and dismissal


The run begins by the Gazebo after instructions, at Cave Road and is an out and back run to the outer parking lots of SDC, winding back in through the streets of Silver Dollar City. The run ends at the main Christmas tree by the Gazebo.

A Tremendous Value!

Adults: (Age 13 and up)
$40 until 5/31
$50 until 9/30
$60 until we sell out

Children: (Age 4 - 12)
$20 until 5/31
$25 until 9/30
$30 until we sell out

All 5K participants receive:
1. A commemorative t-shirt
2. A wristband that allows you and your family early entry (6 PM)  the night of the race to enjoy the park before the park closes and before runners gather for instructions.  Immediate family only may come in with you. (A VALUE OF $65.00 each)
3. A bonus gift….a one day pass to SDC! Good for one visit during the remaining 2018 Silver Dollar City season. The pass is not valid on Saturdays and special holidays including the Friday after Thanksgiving.   ( A VALUE OF $65.00 each)
4. Pre-race entertainment
5. Post-race refreshments
6. Great door prize giveaways
7. Medals for our winners

Cancelllations and Refund Policy

In case of inclement weather, no refunds will be issued. Runners will receive shirts and passes to Silver Dollar City. There are no cancellation refunds for this race. Registration transfers are accepted until October 16, 2018.

Silver Dollar City Passes and Usage

All runners may enter as early as 6:00 pm with immediate family to enjoy the park race night, November 9th. Family may enter with you on your wrist band but all must be present at time of entry.

Each registered runner will receive an additional pass to come back to SDC before the 2018 season ends.
NOTE: The additional pass is not valid on Saturdays and is not valid the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Packet pickup

Wednesday, November 7th
Branson Tourism Center
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
220 Branson Hills Pkwy
Branson, Mo. 65616

Thursday, November 8th
Fleet Feet Sports
12:00 - 6:00 PM
1254 E. Republic Road
Springfield, MO

Friday, November 9th
on site at SDC by Guest Relations
6:00 - 9:00 PM


USE PARKING LOTS 2 and 3 for the night when parking. Please know that cars won’t be released until race is over due to participants still on the course.


Awards Ceremony

Awards ceremony begins at approximately 11 pm. Medals will be awarded to the top overall male and female winner and to the top male and female in each of the following age categories:

9 and under
70 and older

*Door prize winners will be announced after the Awards Ceremony.



Hotel Grand Victorian and Treehouse Condominiums (offering a 10% discount) are two of our sponsors we highly recommend should you be traveling from out of town.

Race Directions for Runners

It is important that the fastest runners line up first when the instructions are given to line up. WALKERS AND THOSE WITH SLOWER TIMES, PLEASE STAY TOWARDS THE BACK FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL. Special instructions will be given regarding this prior to the race. Please follow the instructions on lining up as it makes for a more enjoyable and safe run for all participants and alleviates congestion.


Please Note: Safety First!

No wheelchairs allowed on the race course.  Strollers are allowed.

The race starts around 10:15 pm. The course must be cleared for safety reasons, thus the late start time. Please be patient.

SDC must follow safety protocol. Many runners and walkers are still on the course after the top finishers cross the line. This includes families with small children. Parking trams are not available after the race.  There will be a small shuttle, available to transport those who need assistance returning to their vehicles after the event.

Thank you for your understanding on this matter. It all helps to make a safer run!

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