It’s official! Light the Way 5K is returning in 2021, and runners will be able to dash through Dollywood in person once again! If running isn’t your speed (pun intended), walkers also are more than welcome to participate. The race will take place at Dollywood on Friday, November 12 starting at 11 p.m., with the entirety of this unique run/walk beneath and amidst the glow of five million Christmas lights. Light the Way 5K, which benefits the non-profits Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share It Forward, is a holiday experience you, your family and all your friends will never forget. Here are five reasons why we’re signing up NOW for this festive race through Dollywood during its Smoky Mountain Christmas event:
Race Fit for A Reindeer-Dressed Runner
The course for Light the Way 5k is ideal for any runner. With minimal hills, plenty of flat terrain and a few steady declines, you can focus less on navigating the course and more time admiring the millions of sparkling lights. The new and improved route goes entirely through Dollywood, allowing participants to take in the décor in the different areas of the park. The most exciting change to the course is that the starting line is at the front gate area, and participants will head right into the park. The course also goes through Wildwood Grove, a highly requested addition. Runners will complete two laps around the park, while walkers will enjoy one loop. The course allows participants enough time to fully experience the twinkling magic of Dollywood during the holiday season.
This Sleigh Ride May Fill Up!
Light the Way 5K will have a limited capacity to make the best experience for runners as well as walkers. Because of the way that Dollywood is laid out, parts of the course are narrower than others, but race coordinators want participants to fully experience the seasonal sparkle in all sections. Limited capacity will allow runners to have plenty of space to spread out during the race and provide the safest experience for each person. So Santa says in addition to working to be on the nice list, you better sign up NOW!
Cinnamon Bread? Yes, please!
If you’re running in Light the Way 5K, it’s sure to leave you with a big appetite. For those trying to satisfy their sweet tooth or even carb-load before the run, a visit to Dollywood the day of the race might be the answer. Visit Dollywood’s Grist Mill for this sweet sensation or stop by the Spotlight Bakery to stock up on delicious pastries and the famous cinnamon bread. Just make sure to save some for after the race! If sweets aren’t your thing, there will be refreshments available after you complete the route. All of these snacks – or the sweet treats you got earlier – are going to be excellent motivation for you to cross that finish line!
If you need another reason to reach the finish line, how about the opportunity to grow your medal collection? All Light the Way 5K participants will receive a medal after they reach the end of the course. Runners and walkers also will receive a Light the Way t-shirt when they pick up their participant packet in the days prior to the event. You’ll go home with so many goodies that it’ll be as if Christmas came early!
Give Yourself A Holiday Gift Now – Sign Up for This Unique Experience!
Start your New Year’s Resolution List to walk/run/exercise more by being part of Light the Way 5K at the 2021 race or consider this an early Christmas present that you can’t pass up! Right now is the best time to sign up for what will become your newest holiday tradition – and don’t forget to bring your friends and family along for the (sleigh) ride!