Get answers to the questions most frequently asked about the Be The Light 5K event.


The 2018 Be The Light 5K event will be on Saturday, September 29th.


Registration is available on our site here.


  • Check-in: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Pre-Race Announcements: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • 10K start: 6:40 PM
  • 5K start: 7:00 PM
  • Awards ceremony: 8:00 PM
  • Event wrap-up: 9:00 PM

*Note that final start times may vary on race day.


West Creek Park
24247 Village Circle Drive
Valencia, CA 91354

 From Interstate 5 Freeway

  1. Get off at Magic Mountain Parkway
    • If Northbound 5 - turn left at offramp and under the freeway
    • If Southbound 5 (from Castaic) - turn right at the offramp
  2. Right on The Old Road
  3. Right on Rye Canyon/Copperhill Dr
  4. Right on Rio Norte Drive
  5. Park at Rio Norte Junior High School
  6. Walk to West Creek Park

 From McBean Parkway (Valencia)

  1. Head north on McBean Parkway (to the end)
  2. Left on Copperhill Drive
  3. Left on Rio Norte Drive
  4. Park at Rio Norte Junior High School
  5. Walk to West Creek Park


Parking space at West Creek Park is limited, primary parking will be available at Rio Norte Junior High School.

Rio Norte Junior High School
28771 Rio Norte Dr
Valencia, CA 91354


As parking space is limited we highly recommend to buddy up and carpool to the race to help ensure there is enough parking.

 Parking Tips

  • Pay attention to event parking monitors
  • Do not block any driveways, cars will be towed
  • Lock your car and do not leave any valuables visible (Gear drop is available at the start)


The theme is "Be the Light," so at a minimum have a headlamp or compact flashlight to light up the trail, but don't stop there, get creative and have fun to shine your light.

We suspect that in late September it will still be fairly warm at sundown. However, if in doubt check the weather forecast and bring a light jacket.

 Recommended Items

  • Signed waiver with ID
  • Running shoes
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Glo lights or decoration (optional)
  • Garmin/GPS tracking (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Mind of a champion!


In order to receive your race bib and participate, you need to have a signed event waiver and show your ID. Download and print the waiver ahead of time and bring it with you to help expedite your check-in.

 Download 2018 Waiver


The event will be chip timed for the most accurate results. Final results will be posted online after the event.

 5K Run/Walk

  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be awarded to overall top finishers.
  • Team trophies will be awarded to the top 3 fastest teams overall, under U.S. cross-country style scoring.
  • All runners and walkers will receive a finisher's medal at the finish line.
  • All runners and walkers will receive an official finisher certificate via email after the race.
  • Top finishers by sex/age-group will be recognized in the final results and finisher certificates that will be emailed out after the race.

 10K Run

  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be awarded to overall top finishers.
  • All runners will receive a finisher's medal at the finish line.
  • All runners will receive an official finisher certificate via email after the race.
  • Top finishers by sex/age-group will be recognized in the final results and finisher certificates that will be emailed out after the race.
  • No cross-country style team competition.


There will be a bag check available at the start/finish line so you can quickly access your bag after finishing the event. The event is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


There will be portable toilets at the race by the start/finish line area. There are no toilets on the course.


The course is paved and is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Unauthorized bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, or motorized vehicles are not permitted on the race course due to safety concerns.


Distance change requests are available, the cut off for all changes is 1-week before event date. Submit change request from the contact page.


The virtual entry option is for runners who are physically unable to make it to a race but still wish be a part of and support the event. This includes persons who live far from event location and those with schedules that simply will not allow them to be present on the day of the event.

Participants choose one of the distances, 10K or 5K. They complete the distance where ever they are, on a favorite trail, at the park, on a track, even on a treadmill. Simply do the distance, track the time with a Garmin or app and send a photo with the final time to us via email. Virtual participants receive a medal, shirt, and materials via mail after the event. This can be done alone or with a group.

Running remotely will never be as good as running in person at the actual event, but for those with no other options, it offers a way to stay connected to their community to help them commit to and celebrate their achievements.

If a virtual runner is able to make it to the race they can request to upgrade their virtual entry to a regular participant entry or vice versa.

*Note: Virtual Runners do not qualify for prizes or placement trophy.


Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions.  Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else.

 Virtual Option

If you are not able to attend in person, we recommend changing your entry to a Virtual entry and complete the distance remotely. You can run or walk your chosen distance from anywhere you are, even on a treadmill. Simply track your time and send us a photo showing the final time and distance completed so we can include you on the virtual results.

Submit a change request from the contact page.

 Event Cancellation

Unless there is severe weather on the days before and on the race day, the Be The Light event will be held whether it’s sunny, raining or anything in between. The weather only adds to the adventure to make for a memorable experience!


Can't find the answer to your question? Please contact us with your questions and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Check this page in the future as we will add more questions and answers as we get closer to finalizing the details for the Be The Light 5K event.



Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29, 2019.


Join us along with your fellow Be The Light 5K participants and volunteers on the 2018 Be The Light Facebook event for regular event updates.

Permits & Insurance

Be The Light 5K is an insured and permitted event. Thank you to the City of Santa Clarita for their support for permits, to the Rio Norte Junior High School, and local property owners for their support, and to Star Financial via Road Runners Club of America for event insurance coverage.

City of Santa Clarita
Star Financial

Please note that race information here represents what is planned for the Be The Light 5K. Locations, course variations, and changes may apply depending on conditions, availability, and improvements. We strive to make the best experience possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, September 29, 2018



Welcome 2018 sponsors and partners, with their support we are able to create an awesome race experience while supporting youths in recovery! Learn more about growing your business and supporting a great community event by becoming a race sponsor today.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

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