The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department
invites you to kick off your holiday fun with the “Running Home for the Holidays Virtual 5K”
happening from Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 13. Participants are encouraged to dress up
as their favorite Christmas character and get out on the River Trail or other park trails for a
Participants are to run or walk anytime from dawn to dusk during
this time period. A start/finish line will be clearly marked near Centennial
Field in Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr., for those that would like a
designated distance for the River Trail. Participants are also encouraged
to run other parts of the River Trail or other City park trails as well.
of City parks with trails is listed below.
• The River Trail – approximately six miles of concrete trail.
Trailheads located at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, Birkdale in River
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Hills, G Street, Lehmann-Monroe Park, Louise Hays Park, Riverside Nature Center,
Lowry Park, and The Dietert Center. The trailhead located at Schreiner University is still
closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Kerrville-Schreiner Park (2385 Bandera Highway) – approximately 10 miles of natural
hike/bike trails with varying level of difficulty. Day pass fees will be waived at KerrvilleSchreiner Park for this purpose (proof of registration required).
• Singing Wind Park (2100 Singing Wind Drive) – two miles of natural hike/bike trails.
• Elm Creek Park (200 Methodist Encampment Road) – .8 mile crushed granite walking
• Carver Park (820 Webster Avenue) – 1/3 mile of concrete looped walking trail.
• Lytle Park (600 Lytle Street) – approximate 1/3 mile of concrete looped walking trail.
You can track your time and distance on various free running apps such as RunKeeper,
MapMyRun, Strava, Runtastic, and any other running app you feel comfortable using. Take
pictures of your holiday outfits and send them to our social media pages (Instagram:
@cityofkerrville or Facebook: City of Kerrville TX - City Hall) or e-mail to
email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
“Due to COVID-19, we adapted this 5K and made it virtual,” said Ashlea Boyle, director of
Parks and Recreation. “It would normally be held at a designated location along the River
Trail, but we want to avoid gatherings of people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This virtual method offers a variety of locations for folks to exercise at their own convenience
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and level of comfort while social distancing. You don’t even have to participate in a park. You
can walk or run around your neighborhood or on a treadmill if you have one. We still wanted
to provide a little bit of holiday fun while encouraging the community to get outdoors and be
Register online at
or over the phone at (830) 257-7300 with the Parks
and Recreation Department. The registration fee is $10 per participant and includes a shirt
and a raffle ticket. Winners of the raffle will be announced on Dec. 8 via various formats such
as e-mail, social media, and website. By submitting photos, entries agree for their submissions
to be displayed publicly. Purchase additional raffle tickets for $5 to have a better shot at
winning one of our various prizes. The first 50 entries will be guaranteed a t-shirt and race