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Lanier Under the Lights 5K

 Join us at our one of a kind road race that takes participants down 3.1 miles of towering Christmas light displays as part of Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s ‘Magical Nights of Lights’, and our race is held 4 days before the Resort opens this area to vehicle tours. Saturday’s race will likely close at the 2,000 maximum participants per race by mid October, and the Sunday race should remain open through the November 9th closing date.

 Saturday’s Race is Now Closed

Saturday’s race has closed to further registrations after reaching it’s capacity of participants, but Sunday’s race still remains open for registration. We want to thank each of you for your support!

$40.00 Entry Fee Extended 3 More Days

The $40.00 entry fee has been extended 3 more days through November 3rd. Starting November 4th the entry fee will increase by $5.00, so register today!

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Our 5K winds through 3.1 miles of towering Christmas light displays as part of Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s ‘Magical Nights of Lights’. Each night we start the races at 5:45pm, which is right at dusk. Runners and walkers alike will enjoy seeing the light displays, Christmas music playing on the course, and don’t forget the Santa Claus bobble head dolls for our awards.

Race Dates

Since 2013, we now host two Lanier Under the Lights 5K road races and each race is held on the same weekend. Day 1 will be Saturday, November 15th, 2014; and Day 2 will be Sunday, November 16th, 2014. Thank you all for continuing to support our race!

Race Course

The race course has it’s fair share of hills along with a couple long flat stretches. What makes this race course a one of a kind are the numerous towering Christmas and cartoon themed light displays that line the entire route. Kids and adults alike each enjoy running through twinkling lights hanging over the roadway on one part of the course, the Wizard of Oz displays, and a real life Santa Claus encouraging all during the race.


Cash prizes and Santa Claus bobble head dolls to the top 3 overall M/F finishers: 1st Place M/F- $150, 2nd Place M/F- $75, and 3rd Place M/F $50. Santa Claus bobble head dolls to the top M/F masters (ages 40-50) finishers, and the top M/F grand masters (ages 50+) finishers. Age group winners (Top 3 M/F) will receive a Santa Claus bobble head doll as well, and the age groups are 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+.

Who We Support

We are proud to help support the Marine Corps ‘Toys for Tots’ of Northeast Georgia, and Hamilton Mill Christian Church located in Buford off Sardis Church Road with their ‘Secret Santa Community Outreach Mission’.

All Participants Must Register

All participants must register for the run, unless it’s a child young enough to be pushed & remain in a stroller the entire race. All children who are walking or running with a parent must register as well. Please bring a caregiver to watch your child while participating if the child is not registered for the race. Thank you.

2 Days of Prerace Packet Pickup

DAY 1: Thursday, November 13th from 11:00am- 4:00pm at Hamilton Mill Christian Church, 3809 Sardis Church Rd, Buford, GA 30519 DAY 2: Friday, November 14th from 11:00am-4:00pm atBig Peach Running Co in Suwanee, 320 Town Center Ave, Suwanee, GA 30024.


The race will be held at Lake Lanier Islands Resort located at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway (formerly Holiday Road) in Buford GA. It’s real easy, I-85N to Exit 113 (I-985), in 8 miles exit off at Exit 8 Islands Parkway (formerly Friendship Road) and turn left. The Resort is straight ahead 4.5 miles, and just follow the signs to the parking area and the start of the race.

Stroller Limitations

All strollers must start in the 6th race corral, and then have only use a walking pace while on the race course. Any participant found to be running the course while pushing a stroller will be disqualified, and asked to stop participating in the race. This is for the safety of other participants, and for the safety of the child in the stroller. The roads are too narrow, and it is simply too dark to weave around and run alongside other runners during the race.


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Through 7/07-$30.00, 7/08-10/01 $35.00, 10/02-11/03 $40.00, 11/04-11/09 $45.00

Additional Date Information

Both Sat & Sun races start at 5:45 pm

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