Dashing Thru the Glow

Wilmington, NC
December 1


When & Where

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Marina Village at RiverLights™
4410 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


5K  –  TIMED
1 Mile  –  TIMED

Start Times

5:00 PM  –  1 Mile Start
5:30 PM  –  5K Start

2018 Dashing Thru the Glow Photos

2018 Dashing Thru the Glow Results

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. Take pictures next to the Christmas Tree and meet Santa himself! The elves will be at the finish line passing out Commemorative Christmas Ornaments 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, cookies, and hot chocolate.

About the Cause

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Toys for Tots helps 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 3 months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

Bring a New, Unwrapped Toy & Get $5 Off Your Registration!
You MUST bring the toy when you pick up your packet, in order to receive the $5 Off, or you will be charged the additional $5.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female
• Top 3 Overall Masters, Male & Female
• Top 3 in Age Groups, Male & Female:
10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

1 Mile Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female
• Top 3 in Age Groups, Male & Female:
6 & Under, 7-9, & 10-12


Race Swag

 Race Shirts will be guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018. The shirts are available in Youth S-L, Women’s XS-XL, & Men’s S-XXL cut sizes. They are a short sleeve, Cotton T-Shirt from Without Limits. Be sure to claim your shirt today by registering!

SANTA HATS: All Participants will get a light up Santa Hat at pickup!

MEDALS: All 5K & 1 Mile finishers will receive a Medal!

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. At the finish line, participants will be greeted by Santa’s Elves giving out a Commemorative Medal / Christmas Ornament.

Pets are welcome to attend the event, but we ask that animals stay off the course and with a person who is not running the race.

Schedule & Parking Info

Friday, November 30, 2018

Academy Sports + Outdoors
5309 Gingerwood Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28405

3 PM – 6 PM – Packet Pickup

If you cannot make it, packets can also be picked up at the Race when Registration Opens. Please allow enough extra time before the race starts to pickup your packet.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Marina Village at RiverLights
4110 River Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

1:00 PM
 –  Registration Opens
3:30 PM – Shuttle Service Begins
4:00 PM – Women’s Half Pickup Closes
5:00 PM  –  1 Mile Start
5:15 PM  –  Registration Closes
5:30 PM  –  5K Start
5:45 PM  –  FREE Pictures with Santa
6:30 PM  –  Awards
7:30 PM – Final Shuttle to Watermark

Race Day Parking

Parking is available at Watermark Marina (4114 River Rd). Shuttles will be available to take you to/from RiverLights. We strongly encourage participants to arrive early if using the shuttle.

OPTION 2: There is exremely LIMITED parking at Marina Village on a first come, first serve basis.

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Additional Information

The start and finish line consists of a celebration with hot chocolate, coffee & cookies in the Santa Village from 6pm-8pm. The restaurant Smoke on the Water will also be open for those who want to dine after the race.

The next morning, be sure to come out and join us for the Wilmington Women’s Half Marathon. An event for women, put on by women, to close your weekend out with a bang!

Want to Volunteer?


5K & 1 Mile – WITH Toy Donation
Through September 30 – $30
October 1 through Race Day – $35

5K & 1 Mile – NO Toy Donation
Through September 30 – $35
October 1 through Race Day – $40

Family of 4 – WITH Toy Donation
Through September 30 – $96
October 1 through Race Day – $112

Family of 4 – NO Toy Donation
Through September 30 – $112
October 1 through Race Day – $128

Family of 5 – WITH Toy Donation
Early Bird Through September 30  – $122
October 1 Through Race Day – $140

Family of 5 – NO Toy Donation
Early Bird Through September 30  – $140
October 1 Through Race Day – $160

1 Mile (Children 5 & Under – UNTIMED)
Does NOT include T-Shirt – FREE


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: There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation.

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.