Best way to see the Trail of Lights? By running through it!

Light tunnels dazzle visitors at the 2015 Trail of Lights.


We know – it’s only Thanksgiving. But Austin’s beloved Trail of Lights opens soon, and you can get a sneak peak if you lace up your running shoes for the Trial of Lights fun run.

You won’t even have to run far. The route takes you 2.1 miles under the stars, starting at the Zilker Tree, with a dash beneath the more than 2 million twinkling lights of the Trail of Lights, and finishing at a finish line festival in the center of Zilker Park.

Visitors explore the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Participants get a post-run beer or cup of cocoa. Local food trucks will sell food, and vendors will set up a fitness expo and activity tents.

Even better, don a holiday outfit for the run. Organizers are planning a costume contest.

The run takes place on Dec. 2, a week before the trail opens to the general public on Dec. 9.

Runners can chose from two start waves, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Entry fee is $32 for adults or $20 for children. Or go all out and get VIP treatment with an upgraded shirt, a snack bar buffet with cocoa and cookies, and three drink tickets with access to a full bar ($75 adults or $35 for children.) Parking is $15.

For tickets and information, go here.

The Trail of Lights itself runs from Dec. 9-23 at Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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