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GENERAL INFO

+ What is the age range for Youth registration?

Youth registrations are available for children 11 & under. Toddlers and infants in strollers may enter FREE and do not require registration. However anyone with feet on the ground required registration. A complimentary event t-shirt not provided to free entrants.

+ What is the age limit for the event?

The Fun Run is open to everyone! Any small toddlers or infants that will be in a stroller are certainly welcome, and they do not need to register. However please note, Fun Run shirts will only be provided to paid registrants.

+ How Can I Just Purchase a Parking Pass?

Parking Passes are available for $15 per vehicle for onsite parking at Zilker Park. Your Fun Run registration does NOT include onsite parking. You are welcome to purchase parking any time independent of race registration. Parking will not be “sold” onsite, a parking pass must be purchased in advance. Parking is limited and it typically sells out so we don't suggest you wait until the day of the race. Parking is specific to your Fun Run registration wave. Parking lots will open at 5pm for Wave 1, 5:45pm for Wave 2, and at 7:00pm for Wave 3..

To purchase, just follow these steps:

Upon completion, a parking pass in the form of a barcoded ticket will be emailed to you along with your order receipt and confirmation # by our Fun Run ticketing partner, Ticketbud. (check out your junk mail if it doesn't arrive right away) Please print this parking ticket out and present it to lot attendants upon arrival, and then place on your dash once parked.

A parking map and detailed driving directions will be provided closer to the Fun Run event.

+ What is the Fun Run? Do I have to Race?

Walk or Run. Then Have Some Fun! Run, Jog, or Stroll an untimed course starting at the Zilker Holiday Tree and moving through Austin's beloved Trail of Lights. The course ends at the ultimate after party celebration - the Finish Line Festival - located in the heart of Zilker Park. 2022 Fun Run registrants will experience:

  • EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY: Be among the FIRST in Austin to see the Trail of Lights!
  • Tons of Unique Holiday Photo Ops
  • Finish Line Festival and Fitness Expo access in the heart of Zilker Park
  • Sample products from health and wellness brands and participate in fun activities
  • One FREE beverage after crossing the Finish Line!
  • Additional Food and Bevs, for purchase
  • Post-Fun Run dance party!
  • Ferris Wheel and Carousel rides
  • Commemorative long-sleeve 2022 Fun Run shirt included with registration!
  • VIP Guests - VIP Lounge access with VIP registration, upgraded performance shirt, and more!

+ What are the different waves / start times?

WAVE 1 - STARTS AT 5:45pm. Be the first in Austin to experience the Trail of Lights! Families with strollers will love our 6pm start option. Get in your steps and then enjoy the Finish Line Festival and Expo. Wave 1 starting line will remain open until 6:30pm so get there early to experience all the fun.

WAVE 2 - STARTS AT 6:45pm. Encouraged for families and young kids. Finish Line Festival and Expo included with registration. Wave 2 starting line will remain open until 7:30pm.

WAVE 3 - STARTS AT 7:45pm. Make a night of it! Happy hour, then Fun Run... we don't judge! Or bring a date, cause we're open late! Finish Line Festival and Expo included with registrations. Wave 3 starting line will remain open until 9:00pm.

FINISH LINE Festival & EXPO: Is included in all Fun Run registrations. Additional guests, friends & family can purchase a Finish Line Festival only ticket and meet up with your Fun Runners when they're done! Finish Line Festival & Expo opens at 5:45pm and runs until 10:00pm.

+ What if I'm late / arrive after my wave starting line closes?

If you arrive late for your Wave start time and the Wave has closed, you may participate in a later wave.

+ What is included with General Admission Registration?

  • Choose your start time ~ Wave 1 at 5:45pm, Wave 2 at 6:45pm, Wave 3 at 7:45pm
  • Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Fitness Expo
  • One FREE beer (21+ only) or nonalcoholic beverage post-Fun Run
  • Access to food trucks & bar at the Finish Line Festival - Food and drinks available for purchase.
  • One commemorative long-sleeve 2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run standard cotton T-shirt

+ What is included with Youth Registration?

Children 11 & under are eligible for Youth pricing. Ages 12 and over - running or walking - must purchase Adult registration.

  • Toddlers and infants in strollers enter FREE and do NOT require registration. Free entrants will NOT receive complimentary event t-shirt.
  • Choose your start time among
  • Admission to the Finish Line Festival
  • One FREE cocoa or other nonalcoholic beverage, post-Fun Run
  • Access to food trucks at the Finish Line Festival - Food and drinks available for purchase.
  • One commemorative long sleeve 2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run standard cotton T-shirt

+ To VIP or not to VIP? What are the benefits?

Love Perks?? Run or walk in style with VIP Fun Run registration with upgrades and perks. Limited number of VIP registrations available.

  • VIP registration allows participation in any one wave when you arrive. 5:45pm, 6:45pm, or 7:45pm
  • Early Packet Pick-Up Access
  • Admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge at the Finish Line Festival - with comfortable seating and beautiful holiday decorations.
  • Receive an upgraded performance long-sleeve event t-shirt ($10 upgrade value)
  • 2 drink tickets, with access to the private VIP Lounge bar
  • Snacks
  • Cocoa & cookies

Youth VIP registrations are available for children 11 & under. Toddlers and infants in strollers may enter FREE and do not require registration. Complimentary event t-shirt not provided to free entrants.

+ Do I get a t-shirt?

All GA and Youth Fun Run registrants receive a complimentary commemorative 2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run long-sleeve cotton T-shirt along with event registration. You will select your size during the check-out process. Note sizing is unisex.

VIP Adult Registrants will automatically receive the upgraded performance long-sleeve T-shirt option, included in registration costs. No upgrade necessary for VIP registrants.

For registrations after 11/29/22, t-shirt inventory may be limited and specific sizes may not be available. An alternative t-shirt pickup time will be open the week following the Fun Run. You must still pick-up your Fun Run bib by 2pm on Saturday, December 3rd to participate in the run.

T-Shirts will be available during Packet Pick-Up the week of the Fun Run. Shirts are not required to be worn during the Fun Run.

+ Santa

Santa will be at the Chuy's tent for all to visit at the Finish Line Festival.

+ Rides

Amusement rides such as the Ferris Wheel and Carousel, will be available in 2022 with tokens for purchase at the event.

+ Restrooms

Portable restrooms (including accessible portables) will be available throughout the course and at the Finish Line Festival.

+ Recycling

The Fun Run and Austin Trail of Lights will have measures in place to keep the Festival green and clean. We are committed to preserving the environment through waste prevention and recycling. Look for recycling bins and help us keep Zilker Garden clean for future generations to enjoy.

+ Pet Policy

Dogs and other pets (including emotional support animals) are NOT permitted into the 2022 Fun Run or Austin Trail of Lights. While we are pet lovers, we ask that you keep your pups at home during this event.

+ Outside Food & Beverage

Each person is allowed to bring one (1) factory sealed bottle of water per person; otherwise, food, beverages (including alcohol) and more are for sale inside. No glass bottles are permitted on the Festival grounds.

TICKETING

+ Do I Participate As An Individual? Or Join a Team?

Teams are not required and you're totally okay to register individually and enjoy the Fun Run with many others, teams, and individuals alike! Organized teams of 36 or more should contact ticketing@austintrailoflights.org to coordinate team registration.

+ I have a group of 36+, how can I register as a team? How does that work?

To register a team of 36+ first contact us at ticketing@austintrailoflights.org and let us know your desired Team Name and number of registrants. Our registration team will generate and send you a dedicated team registration link and additional instructions from there.

You (or the Team Captain) can sign up and pay for all 36+ team members all at once, or each individual team member can register and pay on their own. All 36 don’t have to happen at the same time, they just all need to associate themselves to the same team via your designated team registration process via a direct team registration link. Team members may register as General Admission, Youth, VIP or Youth VIP. All Team members must register for the same start time, or wave.

Teams of 36 or more qualify for early packet pick-up, team name on bib and team name on Fun Run T-shirts (Registration deadline to receive bib and/or t-shirt customization is: 11/9/22)*

Lastly, the Trail is tax exempt as well, so no tax is added to the registration. But there is a ticketing service charge from our partner, and applicable credit card fees. Tax does apply to parking, however.

+ I want to Join an Existing Team

If you plan to join an existing team of 36 or more registrants, please contact your team organizer for a dedicated team registration link.

+ What are the benefits of Joining/Creating a Team vs Participating as an Individual?

Show your holiday enthusiasm together and register as a team if you have 36 participants or more! Celebrate the holidays with your company, organizations, schools or friends! Team Benefits:

Teams of 36 or more:

  • Qualify for early packet pick-up
  • Team name on bib
  • Team name on Fun Run T-shirts (Registration deadline to receive bib and/or t-shirt customization is: 11/9/22)*

+ I can no longer participate. Can I change my order or get a refund?

All sales are final and there are no changes, exchanges, order cancellations, or refunds issued.

+ Can I register / pay for the Fun Run at the door?

Fun Run registration will close prior to the December 3rd "race day". This event usually fills up, so we encourage you to register online quick!

Parking will not be “sold” onsite. A parking pass must be purchased in advance to park at Zilker Park. Parking is limited and it typically sells out so we don't suggest you wait until the day of the race. Parking is specific to your Fun Run registration wave. Parking lots will open at 5pm for Wave 1, at 5:45pm for Wave 2, and at 6:45pm for Wave 3.

Finish Line Festival Only passes will be available for sale beginning at 5:45 pm at the "Hospitality Entrance" for $20 plus fees.

+ Ticketing / Registration Terms & Conditions

2022 Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run participation is available with a required registration pass. No other type of transportation options permitted (such as bikes, scooters, etc). No Refunds or Exchanges. This event is Rain or Shine barring any extreme weather or city park closures. Pets are not permitted. Parking passes are associated to a specific wave and time slot. Late arrivals can participate in the next available wave. Road closures and specific driving directions must be followed to properly access the Fun Run Parking and/or Fun Run Starting Line. This ticket grants a revocable license to the bearer and bearer may be removed at any time for any reason. Your event ticket is a revocable license for the event date/time listed. Management reserves the right without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management. Persons entering the facility are subject to search for contraband, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, video equipment, or professional recording devices, all of which are expressly forbidden, and subject to confiscation. No refunds/exchanges. Ticket user assumes all risks of COVID and personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring before, during, or after the event. Ticket purchaser/user bears all risks, including cancellation of the event, of inclement weather. passes lost or stolen cannot be replaced. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing on the ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund. This ticket may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes) or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Management. Rain policy: passes for outdoor events are purchased at risk of inclement weather. In general, this ticket will not be replaced, refunded, or exchanged unless the event is canceled or postponed or there is an unforeseen city park closure.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By completing this purchase and visiting the Austin Trail of Lights, you are, on behalf of yourself or any invitees, voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 or any other disease. If you are sick, running a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home until you are healthy.

As a condition of my ticket purchase and attendance participation in the Event, you hereby grant Austin Trail of Lights, the event director and host organizations a limited license to use my name, likeness, image, photograph, voice, video, biographical and other information (collectively, “Likeness”), in any media platform or format whatsoever, and to distribute, broadcast and exhibit these without charge, restriction or liability, but only for the purposes of advertising or promoting the Event. The foregoing grant, however, does not constitute consent for any third party to use my Likeness in an endorsement of any product or service without my specific written consent.

Event Protect is the industry standard in event cancellation for Primary Ticket Agents, Secondary Ticket Agents, Events, Travel Package Providers, Venues and Sports Teams. Seeing the Event Protect trademark logo means that if the event is canceled / postponed / abandoned or curtailed due to circumstances outside of the Event Organizer’s control, Event Protect will provide each ticket holder with a refund directly to his or her chosen bank account, no matter the financial state of the Event Organizer or Ticket Agent. This includes booking fees and any extras if booked as part of an event package. To find out more information about Event Protect, please visit their website here.

Optional Refundable Booking protection is available during the purchase process with our ticketing partner, Ticketbud, via “RefundProtect” for a nominal fee. Upgrade your booking and receive a 100% refund if you cannot attend for one of the reasons outlined below or for one of the many reasons outlined in the RefundProtect Terms and Conditions here, which you accept when you select a Refundable Booking at checkout. Sickness, Accident, Injury; Public transport failure; Private vehicle failure; Emergency services recall; Home emergency; Immediate relative sickness; Pre-existing medical conditions; and many more. If you are not interested in Refundable Booking, simply decline this offer during checkout. Note ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable otherwise.

+ Did my order go thru?

Your Fun Run ticket(s) and order confirmation receipt will be emailed to you from our partner, Ticketbud - check your spam folder. Not sure if your order went through? All you have to do is log into your Ticketbud account or enter the email address you used to register. You can check to see that your order went through successfully on the passes page when logged in. Or search for a confirmation email from "Ticketbud" or "Ticketbud Orders” to locate your tickets. If you still have not received a ticket confirmation email, contact ticketing@austintrailoflights.org for further assistance.

+ Credit Card Statement?

Fun Run Registration purchases will most likely appear on your credit card statement referencing "Ticketbud", our online ticketing partner. The way the charge appears on your statement can vary if the purchase was made online or on-site at an event. If the ticket purchase was made online through our website or onsite at the Box Office, the charge on your statement typically includes one or more of the following references: "TICKETBUD", "STRIPE", "TRAIL OF LIGHTS FOUNDATION" or "AUSTIN, TX."

+ How do I purchase tickets in advance?

Fun Run registration can be purchased thru our website or thru or official ticketing partner, Ticketbud, beginning August 17, 2022. Please be aware when considering tickets from any other website or source. We strongly discourage guests from purchasing tickets thru StubHub, Craigslist, and other ticket resellers and partners, as they are often invalid, and buyer beware. Only registration tickets thru austintrailoflights.com and Ticketbud are 100% guaranteed.

+ Refundable Booking Option

Optional Refundable Booking protection is available during the purchase process with our ticketing partner, Ticketbud, via “RefundProtect” for a nominal fee. Upgrade your booking and receive a 100% refund if you cannot attend for one of the reasons outlined below or for one of the many reasons outlined in the RefundProtect Terms and Conditions here, which you accept when you select a Refundable Booking at checkout.

  • Sickness, Accident, Injury
  • Public transport failure
  • Private vehicle failure
  • Emergency services recall
  • Home emergency
  • Immediate relative sickness
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • And many more…

If you are not interested in Refundable Booking, simply decline this offer during checkout. Note ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-exchangeable otherwise.

+ The name on the ticket is different from who's attending. Does it matter?

Yes, the name on the registration ticket should match the actual guest that will participate in the Fun Run.

+ Ticket Refund Policy

All ticket sales to the 2022 Fun Run (General Admission, VIP, Youth, Parking, Finish Line Festival) are FINAL, and are non refundable and non exchangeable. Barring any extreme weather, lighting, or city park closures, the 2022 Fun Run is RAIN or SHINE. Tickets for outdoor events are purchased at risk of inclement weather. Your event ticket is a revocable license for the event date/time listed on the front. Event Producer reserves the right without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by Event Producer. Persons entering the facility are subject to search for contraband, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, or other prohibited items, and subject to confiscation. Ticket user assumes all risks of COVID-19 and personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring before, during, or after the event. Ticket purchaser/user bears all risks, including cancellation of the event. Tickets lost or stolen cannot be replaced. The resale or attempted resale of this ticket at a price higher than that appearing on the ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund. This ticket may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes) or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Event Producer. Ticket user consents to the Event Producer’s use of the ticket user’s image or likeness incidental to any video display, transmission or recording of the event. Exotic, dangerous, or aggressive pets will not be permitted at the discretion of Festival Security & Staff and refunds will not be issued for their owners.

+ I can't find my registration / tickets?

Can't find them, having trouble printing, or not sure if you have an Ticketbud account? The easiest way to get your tickets is to find your email order confirmation; tickets are usually downloadable via a link in the confirmation or attached as a PDF file you can print. Check spam folder as sometimes messages from Ticketbud can get filtered. If you need further assistance, please email ticketing@austintrailoflights.org and a customer service member will follow up with you directly.

+ Ticket Delivery

Registration confirmations and tickets will be sent via email with your order confirmation and receipt from our ticketing partner, Ticketbud. folder or junk mail as sometimes Ticketbud messages get filtered. Each registration ticket, parking pass, or Finish Line Festival ticket will be included in ONE ticket link and/or attachment in your order confirmation. Each page represents a separate ticket , depending on your items purchased – be sure to scroll through the entire document to view all pages / passes. Please have this email hand to display the event pass(es) on your smart phone (or print the registration 'ticket' ent and bring with you) to present to staff at Fun Run Packet Pick-Up. Your registration ticket will be scanned for validation and event admission, and T-shirt and Fun Run bib redemption.

If you cannot locate your purchase confirmation email and passes, please visit ticketbud.com, login to your account, and print/view/download your passes directly.

If you still have not received a ticket confirmation email within 48 hours of the event, contact ticketing@austintrailoflights.org for further assistance.

+ Discount Pricing ~ Military/Students

We are grateful for the service of our Military and First Responders, however, there is no individual military, senior, or student discount pricing available for the Fun Run. You could gather up your military buddies and fellow students to be eligible for the team perks if you have a group of 36 or more.

SECURITY & SAFETY

+ Bicycles/Golf Carts/Scooters

Bicycles, golf carts, ATVs, scooters are not permitted on the Fun Run course.

+ Medical Services

Emergency medical staff will be available on site. If you need any assistance, look for a guest services help kiosk, a police officer, or 2022 Fun Run staff member.

+ Firearms

Firearms are strictly prohibited.

Concealed handguns prohibited.

“Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter into this property with a concealed handgun.”

Openly Carried handgun is prohibited.

“Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.”

+ Notice of Filming & Photography

By registering and participating in the Fun Run, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By agreeing to these terms, you consent to your image and likeness captured via photography, audio recording, video recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by the Austin Trail of Lights, City of Austin, Fun Run and its representatives. You release the Trail of Lights, its employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or audio recordings, and you waive all rights to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use of these materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by the Austin Trail of Lights or the person or entity designated to do so.

+ Smoking/Vaping

Smoking (including e-cigarettes and vaping) is NOT permitted in Zilker Park or along the Fun Run course. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this policy.

+ Security & Safety

The 2022 Fun Run and producers work at the direction of the Austin Police Department and city officials to create safety and security plans that will provide all patrons high quality and safe experiences. The Austin Police Department maintains a command center within the Festival and provides police officers around Fiesta Gardens throughout the event. The Festival also provides supplemental security personnel to work with the Police Department to assist patrons. All guests and belongings may be searched when entering the event grounds.

+ Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Remote controlled aircrafts and drones
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Smoking is prohibited in Austin’s public parks
  • Fireworks and all explosives
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors and any soliciting are prohibited

ALL STATE, LOCAL AND FEDERAL LAWS APPLY