CarMax Tacky Light Run
December 13, 2014 - Midlothian Mines Park
Don we now our tacky sweaters! RVA holds the bragging rights for tacky holiday lights, a festive craze that has made our city a holiday destination. Join us in revamping this Richmond tradition with the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Midlothian on December 13. Gather your friends to form a team and share the fun (and save $$$)!

You see them all over town, and lets be real, you probably even get all of your friends together for a Tacky Light Tour. Year after year these famed houses decorate and illuminate neighborhoods, attracting visitors from all over. Now, we've turned this holiday tradition into an awesome new event for anyone and everyone!

This 6k course shows off Midlothian's best display of tacky lights - you just wait! You'll see dozens of homes with over-the-top tacky lights in the Walton Park neighborhood, including the famous Dawnridge Ct. Make sure to bring your smartphones because you'll be snapping tons of photos while you're out there... Even shameless selfies. Don't worry, we won't judge. So dust off your ugliest holiday sweater, find anything you can that lights up or glows, hang your stockings by the chimney with care, and get your milk and cookies ready because Santa is coming early this year!


Through September 15 $35
September 16 - October 31 $40
November 1 - December 10 $45
Walk up registration, December 13 (if the event has not sold out) $50

Please note: This is a stroller-friendly event, and children in strollers do NOT have to register.

TEAM REBATES: The more, the merrier! Recruit your friends and register as a team to knock some dollars off your entry fee. Teams of 6-14 will receive a discount of $3/team member. Teams of 15 or more will receive a discount of $7/team member. For more information on Team Rebates, click here.

 Cost includes:

  • Race Entry
  • Glow Kit
  • Jingle Bells
  • Post Event Holiday Party
  • Plenty of Photo Opps
  • Finisher Shirt
  • Ornament Finisher Medal

  Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.  Sorry y'all, but no dogs allowed.


Friday, December 12

4:00-7:00 p.m Packet Pick-Up (American Family Fitness Midlothian - 12900 Amfit Way / Midlothian, VA 23114)

Saturday, December 13

3:00-5:30 p.m. Packet Pick-Up at Mines Park
6:00 p.m. CarMax Tacky Light Run begins
6:30 p.m. CarMax Tacky Light Run Post-Event Holiday Party begins
9:30 p.m. CarMax Tacky Light Run Post-Event Holiday Party concludes



  • One water & Cookie Stop along the course
  • There will be bag check on-site.
  • Entertainment on the course.
  • Post-Event Holiday Party

The Course

Click here for a course map. The course will start and finish on Woolridge Road adjacent to Mines Park. You'll weave your way through the Walton Park neighborhood, where you will be dazzled with lights and sights from the North Pole and beyond. It is a 6k, but who cares about the distance when Santa and his elves are cheering you on?!

For a full listing of road closures, click HERE.

Starting Groups

This event kicks off with one big mass start, but don't worry, we'll be organized about it. Line up with the group that best matches your projected pace.

  • Reindeer: Runners
  • Elves: Joggers
  • Gingerbread Men: Jog/Walkers
  • Penguins: Walk/Joggers
  • Snowmen: Walkers & Strollers

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-up will take place on Friday, December 12 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 13 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. A Photo ID required for packet pick-up. You may pick up a packet for another pre-registered participant, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.


A limited number of parking spaces are available within walking distance to the site on a first come, first serve basis.  Below are a couple of options:

  • Surface lots off of Walton Park Lane & Browns Hill Court near The Goddard School & MEDI Weightloss Clinic (approx. 0.3 miles from the start/finish area)
  • First Citizens Bank off of Midlothian Tpke. (approx. 0.3 miles from the start/finish area)
  • The Millworks at the Green (approx. 0.4 miles from the start/finish area)
  • Midlothian Middle School (approx. .7 mile from the start/finish area)
  • JB Watkins Elementary (approx. 1 mile from the start/finish area)

Shuttle Parking**
Additional parking along with a shuttle service will be available at:

  • John Tyler Community College in Lots A, B, and D (800 Charter Colony Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23114) - use the Greenway Crossing Drive entrance off of Charter Colony Pkwy

​          John Tyler Community College shuttles will drop off and re-board at the intersection of Woolridge Road and Grove Hill Road.

  • Midlothian High School (401 Charter Colony Pkwy  Midlothian, VA 23114)

​          Midlothian High School shuttles will drop off and re-board at the intersection of Woolrdidge and Am Fit Way.  

**Shuttle service will begin at 2:45pm from each of these lots. Allow 30 minutes for getting from the off-site parking lots to the event site.


  • Best Tacky Sweater
  • Will the REAL Santa Claus please Stand Up: Most Authentic Santa
  • Merry & Bright: Brightest Dressed
  • Jingle All The Way: Participant with the most holiday sound
  • I Am Holiday Spirit: The individual and group with the most holiday cheer
  • Neighborhood Superlatives:
    • Overall Tackiest (Includes LIVE VOTING on
    • Most Likely to Blow a Fuse
    • Most Traditional
    • Best Themed House
    • Best & Loudest Block Party

Rules & Safety

  • NO ALCOHOL may be consumed before the event.
  • You may NOT bring outside alcohol.
  • Minimum Age to run or walk is 5.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Strollers, Joggers, Wagons and Backpacks - Strollers, joggers and carriers are permitted but if you are using one of these things to take children along the course, please be sure to sign the waiver for the child at packet pickup and receive your stroller tag. The tag must be attached in plain view on the stroller/jogger/carrier, etc., before you are allowed on the course.
  • No dogs allowed - For the safety of all participants, dogs are not allowed in the event.

Become a Vendor

Would your company like to join in the holiday festivities? Click here to download a vendor application. All applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified upon approval.

Event Charity: Kicks & Wheels

The Sports Backers, in collaboration with the Richmond Area Bicycle Association (RABA), are raising funds to benefit children in underserved communities with the gift of athletic shoes and bikes during the holiday season. These “Kicks & Wheels” will provide children with a gift that gives in more ways than one. We know that physical activity can build stronger bones and muscles and can even lead to better grades in school.

Your generous support will allow us to purchase shoes and bikes to be distributed to pre-qualified, low-income families in the Richmond region. Through Kicks & Wheels, you will be giving these children the most important gift of all — a path to better health each time they lace up his or her shoes or hop on a bike.


Sat, December 13, 2014


Midlothian Mines Park
Midlothian, VA 23114

Thanks To All Our Event Sponsors including: