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3rd Annual Luminaria Run to Benefit Shelter House

The 3rd Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, presented by Shelter House, will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30pm. The course for this twilight run will be lit with more than 2,000 luminaria bags, representing how Shelter House and our community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of domestic violence and sexual violence in our community.

The run begins at the Destin City Hall Annex and winds through the Indian Bayou neighborhood.


  • 5K Adult: $30 in advance; $40 on site
  • 5K Child (12 & under): $10
  • 9K Adult: $45 in advance; $55 on site
  • 9K Child (12 & under): $15

Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, December 5. On site registration will be available at the run expo on Friday, December 6 at The Palms of Destin and on race day, Saturday, December 7, at Destin City Hall Annex.

If you want to support Shelter House but can’t make it to the Luminaria Run, be an Illuminator! For just $15, Illuminators will receive a Luminaria Run t-shirt. You can pick it up at the expo or run or we’ll mail it to you. Let your light shine!


Run Expo

We’re excited the Luminaria Run has grown in its third year! The biggest addition this year is a run expo. Join us on Friday, December 6 from 4pm to 8pm at The Palms of Destin. Runners, friends and family are invited to stop in for packet pick up, then stay to peruse our run expo and holiday fair. You can gather information from fitness vendors, do some holiday shopping and enter for a chance to win some great prizes!

Get Your Glow On!

This year we are adding an award for the best lit runner for this twilight race. You can purchase a Glow Pack for just $5 when you register online. We’ll also have a glow station at the race if you forget to buy these items in advance.

Gear Check

A Gear Check station in the Start/Finish area will be available for runners.You can drop off your pre-/post-race clothing and belongings. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Please DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the post-run festivities on race day.

After Party

All runners are invited to join us for a post-race celebration in the parking lot of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. We’ll hand out awards, enjoy delicious hot gumbo from Bubba Gump and refuel with our signature “sweet finish” featuring s’mores, hot cocoa and more!

More Ways to Win

Like last year, we’ll be selling tickets at the run for amazing prizes! We have also added a silent auction with big prizes you’re going to want to take home. The silent auction and prize ticket sales will both be open at the pre-race expo on Friday and all day on Saturday. We’ll award all the prizes at the after party. Before the run, you have the opportunity to win a runner’s package valued at $250 from Shelter House, Run With It and Destin Shines. Enter this contest on Facebook.

Sponsor a Luminary Bag

The course will be lined with more than 2,000 luminarias, representing how Shelter House and its community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of domestic violence. You can purchase a bag In Honor of, In Memory of or In Tribute to a loved one for $5. Bags will be available for purchase at the run expo, packet pick up on race day or in advance by calling Shelter House at 850.243.1201.

Thank You Sponsors!

We appreciate all of our sponsors for making this year’s run even bigger and better than last year! Thank you to: 30A, BE Events, The Beachcomber, Blueprint Health Studio, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Choctawhatchee High School Chorus, Destin Shines, Dixielectricar, Emerald Grande, ERA American Realty Rental Service, Fast Signs, Fedora Photography, Fishers Flowers, Fort Walton Beach High School Cheerleaders, Furry Fanatics, KIND Bar, Nike Factory Store, The Palms of Destin, Proffitt PR, Run With It, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, SoWal, Think It Wear It Express and Wagley Creative.

Join the Race Crew!

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the expo and on race day. Stay the whole day or choose a shift that fits your schedule. If you want to join the Race Crew please contact Joely at

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