2020 CarMax Tacky Light Run

December 11-13, 2020

The Tacky Continues—Official Course or Virtually!

CarMax Tacky Light Run - In Person or Virtual

CarMax Tacky Light Run

Everyone's favorite holiday-themed fun run is taking on a new format to keep the tradition alive while also supporting the safety of our participants. The 2020 CarMax Tacky Light Run will happen on multiple 'Official Courses' in Chesterfield County! With more than one course to choose from, & the option to participate virtually, this multi-night event means you can run or walk when you please. Walton Park & the surrounding areas are going all out, so you better come dressed to impress in your tacky best! Sweater, costumes, & lights are encouraged—especially so you can make sure you're safe & visible to all! Everyone will receive a long-sleeved shirt, and the option to add a tacky ornament onto your registration to keep that yearly ornament collection going strong (We have sold out of Tacky Light Run Ornaments). Let’s show ‘em that you can’t hold tacky down!


Youth pricing (ages 2-14); pricing will adjust on the check out page. 

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Register by December 3rd to guarantee packet arrival by event weekend. After December 3rd packets should arrive in mid-January. 

  • Long Sleeve Participant Shirt (sizes Youth Medium - XX Large)
  • Santa Tracker (bib number)
  • $5 off your 2021 CarMax Tacky Light Run entry
  • Entry into the CarMax Tacky Light Run contest to win a prize pack valued at $400
  • Marked courses around the region. Courses will include route signage & traffic calming measures.
  • Packet Mailing


Please note: Add on items including glow kits, lights, a tacky ornament – SOLD OUT, and other holiday-themed merchandise will be offered for additional fees.


When it comes to the CarMax Tacky Light Run, it doesn't matter who's the fastest...we just want to see who has the most holiday spirit! So dig out your grandmother's favorite holiday sweater, charge those battery packs, and buy all the garland you can afford, because the competition for these award categories is as serious as Santa!

If you would like to participate in the costume contest, submit a photo here or tag @SportsBackers with #nevertootacky on Facebook or Instagram.


Participant Awards

Best Tacky Sweater

Merry & Bright: Brightest Dressed

Best Overall: Individual/Group

Photo Submission Form

Tacky Wonderland Courses

Museum District (City of Richmond)
Glen Allen (Henrico)
Ashcreek (Hanover)
Walton Park (Chesterfield)
Deer Run (Chesterfield)
Participate Virtually: Complete your festive journey on a course of your own.


All courses are subject to change.

Course Information

Official Course Information

Show off your holiday spirit, take the hassle out of finding RVA's best lightshows by participating on one of our marked courses or complete your festive journey on a course of your own!


  • Courses will be marked from 5-8 pm on Dec 11-13. This an untimed event.
  • Roads are NOT closed to vehicular traffic so please follow all rules of the road & stay alert.
  • Plan to wear appropriate, bright clothing & reflected or lighted safety vests, headlamps, flashing lights, or other such bright & lighted attire.
  • When participating on a course where traffic is sharing the road, be sure to stay to the left.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while on course.
  • Please check out the COVID-19 policies and other safety procedures (linked below).


COVID-19 policies & other safety procedures

Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers, a local non-profit organization, that motivates thousands of young people across our region to run & be active on a regular basis. Sports Backers is committed to improving the health of our children by encouraging routine physical activity, which is critical to their long-term growth & well-being.


Kids Run RVA provides training opportunities for youth of all ages, abilities, & backgrounds. For schools in low income communities, Kids Run RVA is covering the cost of students participating in the Kids Challenge: Virtual Edition.


Donations are critical to the program’s success. Each time a child laces up his or her shoes, you will be giving them the most important gift of all-a path to good health & fitness!


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Let’s Go, RVA! Sports Backers mission is to inspire active living in all corners of our community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing quality sporting events & programs that motivate residents & visitors to be more active, supporting youth running & fitness programs, & advocating for safe bike & pedestrian infrastructure. 


Due to COVID-19, we had to stop all in-person events & cancel all in-person programming in the Spring. But, our staff is hard at work bringing virtual & social distancing options to our region including virtual & outside fitness classes, virtual kids physical activity videos & classes, workout challenges, virtual events, &, most recently, socially distanced in-person events.


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Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else.



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