Twilight 1-Mile Kids Run

The holiday tradition turned fun run may have just gotten better for the littles in your life! Kids ages 4-12 can toe the start line of the Twilight 1-Mile Kids Run on the afternoon of December 9th for a fun run that’s less about the lights and more about racing across the finish line with other kids. The 1-mile route will lead kids through a North Pole forest before passing through the famed light tunnel of the CarMax Tacky Light Run. After securing a finisher medal, all participants are invited to the North Pole for a post-race party complete with mascots, Santa, cookies, and more!


Now through November 17 – $20
Youth Only (ages 4-12)

November 18 through December 9 – $25
Youth Only (ages 4-12)

Cost Includes:

  • Entry to the Twilight 1-Mile Kids Run
  • Santa Tracker – bib
  • Admission to the party at the North Pole
  • Ornament Finisher Medal
  • Choice of a train themed beanie or short sleeve t-shirt
  • Plenty of Photo Ops
  • Wegmans Candy Cane WOs

Please note: Secret Santa Glow Kits and other holiday-themed merchandise are available for purchase during the online registration process.

Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, event postponement, even format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon.


Race Day Information

Packet Pick-Up at Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop will be open on Friday, December 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. (Location TBA) and Saturday, December 9 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the North Pole at Mid-Lothian Mines Park. A Photo ID is 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.

You can speed up the pick up process by knowing your Santa Tracker number when you arrive. You can look it up here (available beginning Thursday afternoon, December 7).


A limited number of surface lot parking spaces are available within walking distance to the start/finish area. If you are driving a group, we strongly suggest you drop off your elves at the official ride share drop off location, The Millworks at the Green. The Polar Express pick up will be available at Brightpoint Community College beginning at 2:15pm. Allow 30 minutes for getting from the off-site parking lots to the event site.

Click here for additional parking details.

Family Meeting Area

We know that watching your little one run off in a crowd can you leave you feeling both excited and nervous. But, we aim to make the race day experience great for participants and the ones cheering them on. The 1-miler will have a secure Family Meeting Area located at the end of the finish chute. Only one parent/guardian will be allowed in the meeting area.

Twilight 1-Mile Kids Run Guidelines

  • The minimum age to participate in the 1-mile race is 4. The maximum age to participate is 12.
  • One parent/guardian may run with kids aged 8 and under. Parents/Guardians must sign a companion waiver to do so.
  • No bicycles or pets are allowed on the course.
  • No strollers, joggers, wagons, or carriers are allowed on the 1-mile course.

Run with your little one!

One parent/guardian can accompany a child 8 or under in the 1-mile event for free. Race perks (shirt or beanie, medal, finish food) will not be included. You must sign a companion waiver during registration or at packet pick up on race day.

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