Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

A family run for kids of all abilities!

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9am—noon

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Rain or Shine 

Get ready to run, run as fast as you can, Austin. Kick off the holiday season with a special Gingerbread Fun Run for kids—it’s almost 1K! Your task: Go as fast as you can while chasing Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from Thinkery. Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run in Mueller Park—and inside the museum, of course!

Thinkery is teaming up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas to ensure this Fun Run is open and accessible to kids of all abilities. The mostly paved and mostly flat route around Mueller Lake is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite.

Presented in partnership with Variety Texas.

Registration Information

Candy Cane Runner registration benefits include (for each registered child):

  • Thinkery Beanie
  • Swag bag
  • Official running bib
  • Completion medal
  • 10% off Gingerbread Workshop registrations for the entire family for reservations made the day of the Fun Run
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child


Candy Cane Runner  – 1 Child Runner Registration

Member: $20; Non-Member: $25

Adults – Accompanying Registration*

FREE - Limit of one accompanying adult per registered child runner

Ages 0–23 months in strollers – Accompanying Registration*



*Accompanying registrations do not receive runner registration benefits: Thinkery Beanie, swag bag, official race number, completion medal or museum entrance on the day of the event. If accompanying adults and ages 0–23 months wish to enter the museum after the Fun Run, regular museum admission fees apply. 


Run Start Times

The route path is narrow. To accommodate as many runners as possible, we’ll have multiple start times with a limit to the number of registrants per heat. Make sure to select your start time when booking your tickets!



Event Activities (9 am-noon)

Across from Thinkery in Mueller Lake Park


Packet Pick-up Information:

Registered runner packets may be picked up at Thinkery on Friday, November 16 from 3-6pm or on the day of the event beginning at 9 am.

If picking up a packet on the day of the event, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your child’s run.


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Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities to volunteer are available for packet stuffing, packet pick-up, day before set-up and race day assistance. All volunteers must be registered. If you plan to volunteer, please ensure you can stay for your full shift. Please do not bring any family members or young children unless they are also actively volunteering. The minimum age to volunteer is 12.


Who can accompany my child on the route?

A limit of one adult per registered child may accompany for free. Additionally, ages 0-24 may accompany for free. No registration is required for adults or ages 0-24 months. Museum entrance and registration benefits (Thinkery Beanie, swag bag, running bib, running medal) are given provided to adults or children ages 0-24 months.


Can I bring my stroller?

Yes, strollers are welcome on the course, though we ask that those with strollers line up at the back of the wave of runners. For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates, and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the course.


Can my child ride a bike, skate, rollerblade, etc.?

For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates, and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the course. Strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and adaptive bikes are permitted on the course.


How long is the route?

It is an almost 1k (a half-mile) route around Lake Mueller.


Are the runs timed? Are there prizes for the first finishers?

This is a fun run, not a race! Runners will not be timed and there will be no special prizes for the first finishers. Everyone is a winner and all registered runners will receive:

  • Thinkery Beanie
  • Swag bag
  • Running bib
  • Completion medal
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child


Prohibited items:

For the safety of our runners, volunteers, and vendors, the following items are prohibited:

  • Wagons
  • Bicycles (excluding adaptive bikes), roller blades/skates, skateboards, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind
  • Animals or pets not on leashes


Have more questions?

Please contact Rachel Hamilton, Associate Director of Programs at