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2012 Running of the Lights

Posted on 12/31/2012 by Rebecca Woodcock

2012 Running of the Lights

"This event has quickly become a family favorite. There is no better way to spend New Year's Eve than with a group of family and friends running and supporting a great cause!

Start the New Year off on a healthy note! Join us for a night of fun and celebration that ends with a hot chocolate toast to the healthy New Year! This run course is an experience of a lifetime. Runners wind through the park at midnight and experience the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in a whole new way, on foot! This is by far the most scenic run course in Christmas history. It is a Christmas wonderland of lights and action. Don't miss it!

In honor of the holiday season, this event will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Each participant will be required to bring at least 3 canned goods or non-perishable food items to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina was founded in 1981 and opened its doors in 1982 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in Northwest North Carolina. Since then, we have experienced dramatic growth in food distribution, operations and programming to better serve our more than 380 partner agencies - and the thousands of people who rely on the food they provide each year. To date, the Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed nearly 90 million pounds of food to non-profit agencies and churches that feed our hungry neighbors in 18 counties.”

Tanglewood Park opens at 10:00 pm for event parking and packet and chip pick-up. All participants must enter Tanglewood Park via the Back Gate (Please see website for directions). The 1.75 mile fun run and walk begins at 11:45 pm with the 3.2 mile run and walk starting at 12:00 midnight!

For more information and to register, please click here!

Information above quoted from Set Up Events.

The abovementioned event and organization are not affiliated with Forsyth County in any way. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. This event is a contractual agreement between the organization and Forsyth County.


General Park Information

  • Pets must be under control of their owner and kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. All pets must have current inoculations for rabies. Pets must be kept and never left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for their pets using the designated waste area and cleaning up after their pets at the designated area.
  • Golf, Horse Stables, Hiking Trails and Accommodations are available year-around.
  • Gardens are open year-around. Blooming seasons vary.
  • Tennis activities are available from April to November.
  • Water activities can be enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • $8.00 - Passenger Vans and Buses
    • $2.00 - All other vehicles
    Annual passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $50.00 for passenger vans and buses and $25.00 for all other vehicles. Entrance fees and annual passes do not include admission to special events.