Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

Saturday, November 16, 2019*

9am—noon

Get ready to run, run as fast as you can—Thinkery's annual Gingerbread Fun Run is back! Join us for a family-friendly run for kids of all ages and abilities. Go as fast as you can as you chase Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park.  Plus, enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run, both in the park and inside the museum.

Thinkery is teaming up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas to make sure the 1K run is open and accessible to kids of all ages and 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.

*Rain date: Saturday, November 23

 

Candy Cane Runner Registration (for ages 2—18) includes:

  • Reusable Thinkery water bottle
  • Free museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child
  • Swag bag
  • Official runner’s bib
  • Completion medal
  • 10% off Gingerbread Workshops (details when you register)

 

Packet Pick Up

Registered runner packets may be picked up at Thinkery’s entrance on Friday, November 15 from 4–7 pm or on the day of the event beginning at 8:30 am. Registration packets include a swag bag filled with goodies, race bib, and a Thinkery water bottle.

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

 

Event Activities (9 am-noon)

  • Miniature horses from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas’ Peaceable Kingdom retreat for children
  • Pig Races from Rodeo Austin
  • Hands-on STEAM activities from Thinkery Camps

 

Presented in partnership with Variety Texas

Special thanks to our partners at Primrose School, Baylor Scott & White Health and Bao’d Up for supporting this year’s Gingerbread Fun Run!

 

 

Become a Sponsor

Sweeten up this event by becoming a sponsor!

The Gingerbread Fun Run 1K features seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run—plus, ample space for tabling, activity demonstrations, sampling and vehicle displays. It’s a great opportunity to reach local parents and families in a playful outdoor setting!

Volunteer

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.

FAQ

Who can accompany my child on the route?

A limit of two adults per registered child may accompany for free. Additionally, ages 0-23 months may accompany for free. Museum entrance and registration benefits (Thinkery water bottle, swag bag, runner bib, running medal) are not 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:

  • Reusable Thinkery water bottle
  • Swag bag
  • Runner's 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 Reservations at info@thinkeryaustin.org.