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Bright Lights for Easterseals 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk

Join us Dec. 4 for this unique run/walk through Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights!

ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 ONLY, Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights will be closed to vehicles and carriages, and open ONLY to runners, walkers, and persons using wheelchairs or other mobility equipment for “Bright Lights for Easterseals” – a 5K timed run AND 1-mile family fun walk!

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5K RACE

The 5K timed race begins at 5:45 pm and will start and end under the lighted arches at the entrance to Garvin Park. The course consists of 3 laps around the park through Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights. You may run or walk this race but we ask that you keep a pace to be completed within an hour (6:45 p.m.).

The cost for this event is $25, which includes a t-shirt. Beginning November 15, the cost will raise to $30 and there isn't a guarantee for a t-shirt. 

Awards will be given to runners who finish in the top two of their age brackets listed below. Only runners will be awarded as there will be no way of determining whether a walker actually walked the entire race.  Those who walk and finish in under one hour will be entered into a drawing for random prizes so both runners and walkers have the chance to win prizes!

Awards will be given to those who run and finish the fastest in the following age groups:

There will be an Overall Female and Overall Male run award as well as age groups for men and women (same as listed above). For walkers who register for the 5K timed race, there are no age groups but to be eligible for prizes you must finish in under one hour.

THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE WHO REGISTER FOR THE RACE ($25 FEE) WILL RECEIVE A LONG-SLEEVED T-SHIRT INSTEAD OF THE SHORT-SLEEVED T-SHIRT. HURRY TO BE SURE AND RECEIVE YOUR LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT!

1-Mile Walk

The 1-Mile walk is not a timed event and will begin at 6:15 p.m. The walk starts and ends under the lighted arches at the entrance to Garvin Park. We politely ask that no one begins to walk until this time in order to keep both walkers and race participants safe. You may begin your walk at any time between 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The park lights will be turned off at 9 p.m., so no one will be allowed to begin a walk after 8:30 p.m.

This event is a fundraiser for the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center. Please check in at the table and give your donation before you begin your walk. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are no cost, however, donations are still accepted. T-shirts are NOT included with the $5 donation, however, you may purchase a shirt for $20. The last date to purchase extra shirts is November 15th.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE DECISION TO HAVE THE RACE OR NOT WILL BE DETERMINED UPON EVENT DAY. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS BUT THE RACE/PURCHACED SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP. INFORMATION WILL BE FURTHER PROVIDED AT THAT TIME.

Questions about “Bright Lights for Easterseals” may be directed to Rhonda Trail, volunteer race director, at rhonda_trail@yahoo.com. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  No pets are allowed, except service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities.


With the exception of Dec. 4, Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights is open to vehicles nightly from Thanksgiving Day to Jan. 1, 5-9pm Sun.-Thur. and 5-10pm Fri.-Sat.  The cost for vehicles with up to 6 people is $7; 7-14 people $10; 15 people or more $25. Admission is cash only. Carriage rides are available, weather permitting, for $30, which includes admission for up to 6 people.

All proceeds fund therapy services for local children and adults with disabilities served by the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.

Special thanks to the Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation for their continued support for Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights in Garvin Park.

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Last updated: September 5, 2019

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