Light the Way 5K

A 5K Race through 4 Million Christmas Lights of Dollywood

First and foremost, THANK YOU for participating in the 2016 Light the Way 5K!  We’re looking forward to having a fun and festive run through Dollywood!  We wanted to give you some final race instructions prior to the night to help make the race experience an incredible one.

Accommodations: (Updated for 2017)  Don't live in the East Tennessee area?  Stay at Dollywood's beautiful resort for a specially-priced rate: Dreammore Resort. This special race rate ends on September 15. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins is offering a 20 percent discount to runners who have registered to take part in the Light The Way 5K/Walk (must be staying a minimum of two nights).  Please mention that you are a participant when booking; call (866) 857-2123. This will help alleviate your wait to pick up your goody bag, bib and shirt.

Registration. (Updated soon for 2017)  If you live in or around the Pigeon Forge area, we strongly encourage you to come to the early race package pickup on Thursday, November 10 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort or on Friday, November 11 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. in the Dollyood Park!  On Friday, Dollywood is open to the public from 2 – 9 p.m. so runners and/or spectators with a Dollywood admission ticket may enter the park; please see for ticket information.  Race participants and spectators will not need a Dollywood admission ticket for the actual race event, which will begin promptly at 11 p.m. in Dollywood’s Preferred Parking area.

Parking.  All 5K runners  and spectators may enter the parking lot at no charge after 8 p.m.; prior to that time, the standard Dollywood parking fee will apply.  If you are coming to drop someone off and/or pick up, please be advised that  access to portions of the parking lot will be limited once the race begins for the safety of the runners.

Timing.  The timing will be real time and will have scrolling, instant results at the finish line.  Your timing chip will be in your bib – so please wear your bib on your outermost clothing on the front and center of your chest.  All results will be posted on

The Course.  The course will take runners through the parking lot and then into the Dollywood theme park. During the Light The Way 5K, runners and walkers will be guided by more than four million lights and the melodies of holiday music. There will be many volunteers throughout the course helping with directions, and the course will be clearly marked.  Please note: runners may not push strollers and pets are not permitted.  The race start is going to be staggered/in waves and also all runners will go first and then the walkers.

Awards & Door Prizes.  The awards ceremony will begin immediately following the end of the race in the Showstreet Palace Theater.  Overall award winners (three deep) for male and female runners will receive 2017 Dollywood season passes. Age divisional awards (also three deep) will receive a glass-blown Christmas ornament made by Dollywood’s Master Craftsmen specifically for this event.  Age awards are 13 and under, 14-19 and then five-year increments up to age 70 (the last age is 70 and up).

Light The Way 5K wants to thank our sponsors – Title Sponsor Direct Mail Services, T-Shirt Sponsor Threds, Humana, Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, Dixie Stampede, Food City, Star 102.1 radio, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and WVLT-TV.

Should you have any additional questions, contact

Again, thank you all!  Your support provides key funding for two great charities – Share it Forward and Keep Sevier Beautiful.



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