Illuminations Half Race Info

San Antonio, TX

 2017 Registration Info





Thank you everyone for making this such a warmly received race to put on before we had to “chill” out near the end ;-).  You all are amazing and it is a joy to serve you.  Especially thank you for your generosity with your donations for St. Mark’s Traveling Mobile Loaves & Fishes and the Moment of Truth Ministries!!

Welcome to ILLUMINATIONS HALF/10K and St. Nick at Night 5k runs.  San Antonio’s very first NIGHT TIME 1/2 Marathon & Relay at the amazing JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.  We are excited to offer this unique race experience to the running community which takes in all the incredible beauty of this world class resort.  Not only will you be pulled in by the charm of this fine resort, but by their illuminated golf cart path courses.  An amazing post race celebration on their fabulous event lawn awaits you.  Enhance your entire race-cation with our discounted room rate of ONLY $139/night with your registration.





Your Half race entry fee gets you:

  • A snazzy custom made long sleeve tech tee in Mens or Womens cut(5K get a long sleeve 100% cotton t-shirt)
  • Custom designed, colorful race bib
  • A classy Finisher’s Medal and custom ribbon(Half Only) to show off
  • FREE Race Photos of your wonderful race experience
  • Professional Chip Timing
  • Cool swag bag
  • Incredible Post Race party with delicious resort food.

Head over to the Register page for more information about race location, dates, fees, and registration.



December 16th, 2017

Packet Pick-Up: 11:30am – 4:30pm Saturday, December 16th

Pre-Race Meeting, Prayer & National Anthem:  5:15pm

Half Marathon/Relay & 10k Start Time: 5:30pm

(10k Runners stay with the 1/2 marathoners ALL the way until their Mile 5.75 turn off where they will split towards the Finish Line next to Hole #1 of The Canyons course.  10k turn off is lined with BLUE glowsticks and volunteers with BLUE glowing batons.)

5K Start Time: 5:30pm  (SAME location in the opposite direction across the median on Resort Pkwy in front of the Conference Center & head towards cul de sac.  5k turn off’s on course lined with RED glowsticks and volunteers with RED glowing batons.




***ALL RUNNERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN HEADLAMPS OR RUNNING LIGHTS*** to navigate the golf course section, which is the majority of the course, safely.  The first 2 1/2 miles will be on paved resort roads before you hit the golf course cart paths.  The illuminated cart paths are for directional purposes only and not enough to light up the entire path since it’s such an expansive area.  If you forget your running headlamp, we will have them for sale at a very nominal cost to keep you safe.

Packet Pickup is in the Conference Center (Exhibit Hall) which contains resort restrooms throughout at Ground Level and up the escalators to the Ballroom Level.

Start (Resort Dr. near Conference Center Entrance), Relay Point (near the driving range) & Finish (Conference Center Event Lawn) are all within a very short walking distance of each other.

PARKING at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa will be FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE since the resort will be full that Saturday evening on Race Day.  PLEASE plan ahead and arrive EARLY for Packet Pickup and then enjoy the amazing JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Christmas decorations while waiting for the race.  Resort Staff will direct you to these lots.  Parking Options:

1)  Valero Lot on Marriott Pkwy off of TPC Pkwy which is a 1/2 mile from the Conference Center.  Luxury Shuttle will run regularly from 2:30-5PM for the very short ride to the Conference Center.  As well, luxury shuttle will return those to the Valero Lot after their festive run.


2)  Conference Center Lot

(Resort guests of course park on site at the resort)


The Course

Talk about your one of a kind cool courses this would be it with a NIGHT TIME run with a good bit of it being on the SAME EXACT golf course as the Valero Texas Open. You’ll head off on asphalt roads in and around the JW Marriott including lush TPC Pkwy as you crest the hill over looking the Resort. Then it’s off on your two golf course cart path adventure lit up by luminaries to guide your way. The scenery is simply breathtaking even at night. Plenty of run support from enthusiastic Aid Stations, heated Restrooms and a well marked path on these concrete cart paths.

Relay Exchange will be at 6.55 MILES.

Course Time Limit of 4 hours.

** To download a map, right-click on one and select “Save Link As”


Half Course Map
Half Course Map
5K Course Map
5K Course Map


Best of all you will be running with a purpose in the spirit of St. Nicholas as we gather much needed items and monetary donations for the working poor of our area. During this time of giving to assist the working poor of the area these gifts will be distributed by the local Mobile Loaves & Fishes & the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Members from The St. Marks Mobil Loaves and Fishes will be out in force at the race collecting your generous donations, and helping as well with your warm/dry clothes bag check.  We hope we can fill them up with tons of items especially this time of year.  We know our generous runners will blow them away.  Thank you all in advance!

Here is a list of needed items to help their work!

Most needed food items:                      
peanut butter
mac n cheese
canned veggies


Clothing Items:

shoes, coats, gloves, hats, socks, shoes


Toiletry Items:

travel size toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, conditioners

toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap