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CarMax Tacky Light Run Celebrates 10th Running on Dec. 10; Event Registration Now Open

Registration now open for one of RVA’s favorite holiday traditions

RICHMOND, VA – The CarMax Tacky Light Run is celebrating ’10 Years of Tacky’ with the 10th running of the event on Saturday, December 10, and registration is now open for the holiday-themed fun run at Chesterfield County’s Walton Park neighborhood, one of the region’s most festive collections of holiday lights, will once again host the event.

CarMax Tacky Light Run logoLaunched in 2013, the CarMax Tacky Light Run was an immediate hit with participants for combining tacky holiday lights, one of Richmond’s favorite traditions, with a celebration of active living. Over 38,000 people have taken part in the event in that time, walking, jogging, and running through a tacky winter wonderland of lights, decorations, music, and festive fun.

The run will start and finish at Mid-lothian Mines Park, which will feature a special snowflake theme as part of the 10-year celebration. The Walton Park course includes thousands of tacky holiday lights, along with elaborate decorations, neighborhood cheer zones, seasonal music, and plenty of photo opportunities along the route.

“For 10 years now, the CarMax Tacky Light Run has delighted participants and spectators from all over the Richmond region and beyond,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations for CarMax. “We are honored to once again be the lead sponsor for this exciting event and look forward to sharing in the festivities with this year’s participants.”

 “The CarMax Tacky Light Run provides a unique opportunity to walk and run through Walton Park for an up-close view of some amazing holiday decorations, and we’re striving to create another can’t-miss event this year,” said Meghan Keogh, Director of Events for Sports Backers. “We are all about inspiring people to be active and the CarMax Tacky Light Run is the perfect way to celebrate Richmond’s active community and tacky light traditions.”

New ‘Party Pricing’ Group Registration Option for 2022

A group of six Tacky Light Run participants pose for a photo before the event.

Party Pricing now available for groups of 4 or more

New in 2022 is the ‘Party Pricing’ registration feature, offering discounts to groups of four or more that register together. With the Party Pricing option, anyone registering four or more people at a time will receive an automatic multi-person discount of $3.50 per person.

Registration is currently $35 for adults and $20 for youth (14 and under). Prices will increase on November 18 to $45 for adults and $30 for youth. Event registration includes the following:

  • race entry
  • a pre and post-event holiday party
  • the choice of a participant shirt or beanie
  • a special ornament finisher medal
  • on-course cookie stops

Participants are also encouraged to show their creativity by dressing up in their own holiday costumes and tacky lights.

CarMax Tacky Light Run Offers Income-Based Rate for Participant Registration

Sports Backers’ mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. Engaging underserved populations is a core value and one way this value is acted on is by offering Income-Based Rates for our events, including the CarMax Tacky Light Run. This special rate of $15 for the CarMax Tacky Light Run is offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate. More information on income-based rates is available at

Sports Backers Youth Programs to Serve as Official Event Charity

Sports Backers Youth Programs, which includes Kids Run RVA and the Richmond Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards, will serve as the official event charity for the CarMax Tacky Light Run.

Sports Backers invests in the future of active living in the Richmond region through youth programs by providing the resources kids need to be successful, whether that be a pair of running shoes for a child in need, covering the cost of bus transportation for run club participants to attend one of our signature events, or providing a scholarship to a promising student-athlete. Donations to Sports Backers Youth Programs make it possible for Sports Backers to support the most important part of the community – our kids.

A CarMax Tacky Light Run participant takes a selfie with her event medal after the race

Celebrate 10 years of tacky on Dec. 10!

Participants can become a Sports Backers Holiday Hero by donating as part of their CarMax Tacky Light Run participation. Since the creation of the CarMax Tacky Light Run in 2013, participants have donated $23,000 to enhance and support the mission of Sports Backers Youth Programs.

To register for the CarMax Tacky Light Run, or get more details on the schedule and course, please visit



About CarMax

CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used autos, revolutionized the automotive retail industry by driving integrity, honesty and transparency in every interaction. The company offers a truly personalized experience with the option for customers to do as much, or as little, online and in-store as they want. CarMax also provides a variety of vehicle delivery methods, including home delivery, express pickup and appointments in its stores. During the fiscal year ended February 28, 2022, CarMax sold approximately 924,000 used vehicles and 706,000 wholesale vehicles at its auctions. In addition, CarMax Auto Finance originated more than $9 billion in receivables during fiscal 2022, adding to its nearly $16 billion portfolio. CarMax has more than 230 stores, more than 30,000 associates, and is proud to have been recognized for 18 consecutive years as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. CarMax is committed to making a positive impact on people, communities and the environment. Learn more in the 2022 Responsibility Report. For more information, visit


About Sports Backers

With a key message of ‘Let’s Go RVA,’ the mission of Sports Backers is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. A non-profit organization, Sports Backers is dedicated to producing nationally recognized quality sporting events and programs that motivate residents and visitors alike to be more active, supporting youth running and fitness programs, and advocating for safe and connected networks of bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Learn more at

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