LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) – To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. On the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Now in its 14th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car, to serious runners who compete in the 5K portion of the Southern Lights Stroll.
This year’s stroll will feature chip timing for the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners in various age categories. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non perishable items to help local families and animals in need.
Registration for the competitive 5K race is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12. Registration for the stroll/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Online registration, available through Nov. 17, is available at www.runsignup.com/Race/KY/Lexington/SouthernLightsStroll5K.
The competitive 5K race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational stroll at 6:35 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. The first 1,000 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt, and the first 350 registered children receive a free holiday souvenir. To receive a t-shirt, children must register as an adult.
All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and, the Thirsty Thursday sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Additional sponsors for the stroll include Xerox, Chick-fil-A, the Mini Train Express and SafetyTec.
Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859- 255-5727 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.SouthernLightsKy.org or www.KyHorsePark.com.
Editor’s Note: Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, www.kyhorsepark.com (available in the widget on the lower right-hand side under Address), follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route.