About the Race

Thank you so much to all who participate in Run to the Lights each year. You are making a huge impact on Single Moms throughout Ozark Mountain country and beyond.

Elite Automotive’s Run To The Lights is a family fun holiday tradition.  Each year over 1,700 runners and walkers – of all ages and running prowess anxiously await for the first Friday of November for a very special run at night at Silver Dollar City.  Amidst millions – and we mean millions – of Christmas lights, runners and walkers contribute their time, talent and efforts all to benefit a special cause – helping Single Moms through the Caring People.

The Caring People, founded by JoDee Herschend, exists to “walk the love of Jesus into the hearts of Single Moms and their children” by partnering them with strong, caring, Christian women in weekly “Care Groups.”  So many Single Moms share the Care Groups become “family” for them.  Additional events are held throughout the year for these single parent families. Picnics, bowling parties, a day at SDC, and a trip to the zoo are just some of the past events they’ve enjoyed.  What was once a Springfield – Branson effort has grown, thanks to events like RTTL, to regional chapters and an international effort as well in El Salvador.

Our presenting sponsor Elite Automotive has been on board since our inception and we are grateful for their support. Of course, without Silver Dollar City and their amazing team none of this would be possible or as special. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We are blessed to partner with such an organization.   All of our area sponsors are vital partners in our mission to impact broken families and give them hope and unconditional love – the kind that lasts a lifetime!

Now lace up those shoes and get ready to Run to the Lights!