If it sparkles, jingles, resembles Santa, elves, reindeer—or even somehow lights up—festive wearables are highly encouraged as part of what makes this active holiday celebration so memorable. And…we hear that Santa himself will actually be on hand to cheer runners across the finish line!
The lucky first 200 children ages 12 and under receive their own swag bag of goodies, and everyone has the opportunity to enjoy light snacks before the races begin. The 5K course takes a beautiful and safe route from inside the Botanical Garden and along the Lake Fayetteville Trail and Razorback Greenway, and the Children’s Fun Run happens entirely within the garden grounds. This race is chip-timed and all finishers receive a medal. Fastest runners from each age group receive awards.
Online registration is available here, and participants can also register the day of the race.
- Race packet pick-up: Friday, December 6 from 12 – 7 p.m. at the Botanical Garden and Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m.
- 5K warm up stretch: 8:30 a.m.
- 5K race start: 9:00 a.m.
- Fun Run warm up: 9:30 a.m.
- Children’s Fun Run: 10:00 a.m.
All race proceeds directly support the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks mission to provide education, entertainment and recreation for more than 80,000 annual visitors.