Gingerbread Fun Run 1K – A Fun Run for Kids of All Abilities
Saturday, November 18 from 9 am–noon
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!
Variety is teaming up with Thinkery 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.
Sponsored by Google Fiber.
Presented in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas.
Candy Cane Runner registration benefits include (for each registered child):
- Swag bag
- Official race number
- 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 (ages 2–18 years old) – 1 Child Runner Registration
Adults – Accompanying Registration*
FREE – Limit of one accompanying adult per registered child runner
Ages 0–23 months in strollers – Accompanying Registration*
All participants, regardless of age, must register—including infants in strollers and accompanying adults. *Accompanying registrations do not receive runner registration benefits: T-shirt, 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.
9:30 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10:30 am – All ages and all abilities
10:50 am – All ages and all abilities
11:10 am – All ages and all abilities
11:30 am – All ages and all abilities
Event Activities in Mueller Lake Park (9 am–noon)
- Miniature horses from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas’ Peaceable Kingdom retreat for children
- Carnival games and prizes with Alamo Drafthouse Mueller and Barrel O’ Fun
- All ages and all abilities obstacle course challenges with Mylo Obstacle Fitness the host of Austin’s Kids American Ninja Warrior Competition
Plus, join us inside Thinkery for special winter-themed activities, including “snowball” fights, igloo explorations, snowflake designs, winter wonderland stop motion animation, and story time (11 am).