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When & Where

Saturday, December 2, 2017

RiverLights™ Community
4410 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Start Times

3:30 PM – RiverLights Holiday Festival

5:30 PM  –  5K Start

5:35 PM  –  1 Mile Start

Please plan to be at the starting line 10 minutes prior to the start of the race wearing your race number on the front of your shirt. You may walk the 5K  if registered, however we ask that athletes walking the 5K  line up at the back of the starting area.



1 Mile  –  UNTIMED


About the Race

RiverLights™ welcomes you to the Dashing Thru The Glow 5k. Join us as we bring together the Christmas spirit, family fun, and entertainment. Experience the beautiful views of the Cape Fear River and the new RiverLights community, as well as Christmas lights and decorations throughout the course. Kick off the race early and bring your family to the RiverLights Holiday event. Watch the Christmas Tree Lighting and meet Santa himself! The elves will be at the finish line passing out candy cane awards to all the good little boys and girls who finish the 5k and 1 mile. To make this event even better, everyone receives a Santa Hat.

About the Cause

This year we are excited to be benefiting Toys For Tots!

Receive $5 Off your registration fee if you bring a toy on race day.
This offer does not apply to 1 Mile Participants.

*Must bring toy when you pick up your packet in order to receive the $5 Off, or you will be charged the additional $5.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Toys for Tots is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


 Overall Top 3 Male & Female Finishers

Top Masters Male & Female Finishers

Top 3 Finishers in Age Groups Male & Female: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +

Race Swag

Participants who register by November 6, 2017 are guaranteed a race shirt. Sizes include Youth S – L, Female S – XXL, and Male S – XXL, and are made of Cotton. Be sure to claim your shirt today!

PLUS! Everyone receives a Santa Hat!

About the Course

The course begins and ends in the RiverLights community in Wilmington, NC. The course is a flat course that winds through the living community showing off the beauty of the area. While on course, participants will be able to enjoy all of the Christmas lights and decorations on houses. At the finish line, participants will be greeted by Santa’s Elves giving out candy cane awards, as well as caroling.

Course Map

Schedule & Parking Info


Friday, December 1, 2017

4 – 6 PM  – Packet Pickup & On-Site Registration

Fleet Feet Sports Wilmington
1125 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405


Saturday, December 2, 2017

3:30 PM  – RiverLights Holiday Festival Opens
4:00 PM – Race Registration Opens
5:15 PM  –  Race Registration Closes
5:30 PM  –  5K Run Starts
5:35 PM  –  1 Mile Starts
6:35 PM  –  Awards Start (Time Approximate)

Pre-registered participants may pick up their race numbers and shirts at packet pickup listed above. For those who wish to register in-person, you may do so at any packet pickup listed above.


Participants can park in and around the RiverLights community.  Look for parking signs and volunteers.

Get Updates About the Event

Join the Event on Facebook!

This is much more than just a race!

> Hot chocolate, coffee & cookies in the Santa Village from 6pm-8pm

> For the VIP registrants, from 3pm-6pm there will be a VIP tent where Middle of the Island will provide complimentary food/beer/wine for those who preregistered or choose to register that day with RiverLights

> The restaurant Smoke on the Water will also be open for those who want to dine after the race


Registration has closed. You may register on Friday afternoon from 4 – 6 PM at

Fleet Feet Sports Wilmington
1125 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405

Then on Saturday at Riverlights beginning at 4 pm


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

Refunds requested by participant are as follows (minus credit card processing fee):
More than 60 days from event: Full Refund
Less than 60 days, but more than 30 days from event: 50% Refund
Less than 30 days, but more than two weeks from event: 25% Refund
Less than two weeks from event: No Refund
Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group. We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.

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