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TW Annual Thanksgiving Day Race

Run Thru the Woods

The Y's Annual Run Thru the Woods is held each year on Thanksgiving morning in Town Center, and 2018 marks the 29th anniversary of this event.

Run Thru The Woods Thanksgiving Day

The Run Thru the Woods is an annual charity event designed for all ages and levels of fitness. Proceeds benefit the South Montgomery County YMCA Partners Program, Operation Graduation at The Woodlands HS, College Park HS, and Oak Ridge HS, (CISD) AFJRROTC Programs and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Education Outreach Program. More than $160,000 is raised annually for local charities!


Multiple race options are available so everyone in your family can participate. Awards and cash will be awarded to top finishers, and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a medal. Spots are limited and may sell out, so be sure to register online early.

Race Time and Location

When: Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018

Where: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Start Times:
7:45 AM - 1 Mile Children's Race, for ages 12 and under
8:15 AM - 5 Mile Run
8:25 AM - 3 Mile Run
8:35 AM - 3 Mile Walk

Race Results

All participants will receive a swag bag, t-shirt, finisher medal and pancake breakfast. Registration must be completed online, there is no race day morning registration.


The 1 Mile Children's Race for ages 12 and under registration fee is $42 through November 20. For parents/guardians running the 1 Mile Children's Race with their child, registration fee is $18 through November 20.


The 3 Mile Race and 5 Mile Race registration fees are $50 through November 20.


The 3 Mile Family Walk for all ages registration fee is $37 through November 20.


Early Registration Packet Pick-Up (for those registered by November 12) at the Shadowbend YMCA (6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands 77381) until 2:00 PM on November 16 through November 21.


Late Registration Packet Pick-Up (for those registered November 13 - 18) will be available at the Shadowbend YMCA (6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands 77381) daily until 2:00 PM on November 20 through November 22. All other packets may be picked up race day morning beginning at 5:30 AM at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.


The timing system for scoring the 5 mile run, 1 mile children's race, and 3 mile race will be managed by the Champion "B" Timing Tag. Individual race time results are generated by the timing tag which should be attached to one shoe of each runner. As a runner crosses the start / finish lines, the receiver in the mats will pick up a signal from the runner's timing tag and send the time to a computer. Kids will enjoy the competitive 1 Mile Children's Race and anyone can run in the 3 Mile All-Ages Course. The Run Thru the Woods is both a family and a serious running event; the 5 Mile race is USATF certified (#TX07018ETM). If running isn't your thing, there is of course the 3 Mile scenic walk course. There is also the optional Clydesdale division for Men weighing 200 lbs and more and the optional Athena division for Females weighing 145 lbs and more. The age divisions for Males and Females is in 5 year increments for the 5 mile race. Enjoy the complimentary Pancake Breakfast for all race and walk participants provided by The Egg & I on race day morning and the Post Race Party on the Pavilion Plaza. Finish Line Photos are usually taken by RaceShots.net.


Please Note those failing to comply with the following race restrictions will be escorted off the course by security:
• No pets allowed at the event or on the course.
• No roller blades, bicycles, or regular strollers are allowed on the 1-mile, 3-mile or 5 mile race courses.


The Kid's 1 Mile Course Map is similar to the 2017 course, the Three (3) Mile Course Map will follow the same course as 5 milers. Please watch for your turnaround on the course. The Five (5) Mile Course Map is similar to the 2016 course. Check out the official site for the updated course maps.

Typical Road Closure Schedule:

  • 4:30 AM - Lake Robbins Drive between Six Pines Drive and Grogan’s Mill Road
  • 5:15 AM – Six Pines Drive between Lake Woodlands Drive and Lake Robbins Drive intersection
  • 7:00 AM – Lake Woodlands Drive (at Six Pines Drive and traveling east and west over I-45 to the east side feeder road)
  • 7:00 AM – Timberloch Place (Grogan’s Mill Road to the I-45 feeder)
  • All roads will reopen by 10:00 AM.

Run thru the Woods Race Results

2017 5 Mile Race Results (All)

2017 3 Mile Race Results (All)

2017 1 Mile Kids Race Results


2016 5 Mile Race Results (All)

2016 3 Mile Race Results (All)

2016 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2015 5 Mile Race Results (All)

2015 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2015 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2015 Clydesdale Results

2015 Athena Results

2013 5 Mile Race Results (All)

2013 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2013 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2014 5 Mile Race Results (All)

2014 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2014 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2012 5 Mile Race Results

2012 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2012 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2012 Clydesdale/Athena Results

2011 5 Mile Race Results

2011 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2011 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2011 Clydesdale/Athena Results

2010 5 Mile Race Results

2010 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2010 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2010 Clydesdale/Athena Results

2009 5 Mile Race Results

2009 3 Mile Teen Race Results

2009 1 Mile Kids Race Results

2009 Clydesdale/Athena Results

About the Run Thru The Woods


A holiday tradition in The Woodlands Town Center, the annual Thanksgiving Day Run Thru the Woods directed by the South Montgomery County YMCA, is a race/walk designed for all ages and levels of fitness. In 2014, Run Thru The Woods celebrated the event's 25th year as one of Texas' premier running and walking family events. The annual event, which attracted more than 6,000 participants, is both a family event and a serious running event, enticing for the competitive racer, weekend warrior, recreational runner, kids, and walkers alike.


This holiday tradition began in 1989 as a small fun run in the City of Oak Ridge North, to benefit ORHS Operation Graduation. In 1994, the committee reached out to the YMCA and other community partners to expand participation throughout South Montgomery County. Once The Woodlands Mall opened in Fall of 1994 – the race was renamed the "Run to The Mall," with the start and finish line located at The Mall. The first year with the YMCA involved, the race attracted over 200 participants and raised $4,000 for the youth charities the event supported.

  • In 1995, the race committee made a decision to move the race to Thanksgiving Day morning and the race was titled "The Gobbler 5 Miler." The first Thanksgiving race, at The Woodlands Mall, attracted over 500 participants and raised $10,000.
  • In 1996, the event attracted a title sponsor, BetzDearborn (who was later bought out by GE) and adopted the current name "Run Thru The Woods." The event was relocated to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for its permanent home to date. More than 900 participants joined the fun that year, and helped raise $23,000.
  • Over the years, Run Thru the Woods continued to grow in popularity and raising more dollars for the deserving youth organizations the event supports. In 2001, participation topped 2,500, and raised $60,000!
  • In 2006, BetzDearborn was purchased by GE and the event became known as the GE Run Thru the Woods. That year was another benchmark year with participation exceeding 4,000, and raising $100,000.
  • In 2007, The Egg & I joined in on the fun, and began offering a complimentary pancake breakfast to all participants on race day morning.
  • In 2009, the annual charity event had 5,000+ entries and raised over $140,000.
  • In 2013, the event attracted over 5,800 participants and raised over $160,000 for the benefiting charities. That year the event also collected 1,000+ pounds of food for the Can-n-Keys Food Bank.
For sponsorship opportunties please contact Roxanne Davis at 281 681-6730 or via email: [email protected] For volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Jansen via email: [email protected]
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