As the holidays approach and the end of another year draws near, most people’s hearts turn to family, gratitude and giving. Austin families like to come together in this spirit at the Ronald McDonald House Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run. Coming up on Friday, December 6 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the open air Mueller Hangar, the Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run will help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas. Grab your friends and family, and prepare to walk or run through one of Austin’s most charming neighborhoods alight with holiday decorations and cheer.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas (RMHC Austin) is an incredible charity that has been helping families with critically ill or injured children for nearly 30 years. With their 30-guestroom House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at various Austin area hospitals, more than 1,000 families are served by RMHC Austin annually. They offer families a place to sleep, eat and relax, creating a home away from home while their children receive medical treatment for their critical at one of the Austin area hospitals.

The race event includes music, hot chocolate and refreshments, a holiday craft station for children, and a chance for the kids to take a picture with Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald! Those Mueller folks love a good time, so don’t be surprised if you run past a few rowdy revelers cheering you on with cowbells from the porches and balconies. I speak from experience. Also who knows what Austin weirdness you may encounter on the trail–who needs paper cups filled with refreshing water, when you can knock back a few ounces of cold beer at the halfway point? It happened.

Register yourself, your family and even your dog (this is Austin after all) to participate in the Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run over on

Pricing is as follows:

  • Ages 12 & under – $25 for the child 5K untimed/family mile
  • Ages 12 & under – $30 for the child 5K timed
  • Adult – $35 for the adult 5K untimed
  • Adult – $40 for the adult 5K timed


Want to volunteer? Please contact Development Director Lexi Riemer at or call 512-628-5937.

Hope you’re up for some do-good festive fun at the Mueller Hangar!

– Quel

Quel is a work-at-home mom, homeschooler and all around crafty broad. She has blogged about her adventures in Austin since moving here in 2005 and loves exploring Austin fun with her 5-year-old son. Find her at