Running was popular in Europe long before it caught on in America, which is why most races are measured in kilometers instead of miles and why most of the Pilgrims were eaten by bears. Race to the top of the food chain with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a registration package to the Prevent Blindness Texas 5K Run/Walk at SeaWorld on Friday, December 2 (a $25 value for adults; a $15 value for kids ages 7–12). Kids 6 and under are admitted for free. The package includes:
- Registration and a bib number
- A postrace dinner
- An admission to private One Ocean SeaWorld show
- A family-fun area for kids with games and arts and crafts
This Groupon can also be used for the family walk.
As darkness falls over Prevent Blindness Texas’s annual Light the Night for Sight 5K, racers dash through SeaWorld—which is illuminated by thousands of holiday lights—while showing their support in the fight against blindness. The park opens for race participants at 6 p.m., who can park for free, and opening ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. Runners take off at 7:30 p.m., closely followed by walkers with a herd of polar bears spurring them on from behind. After crossing the finish line, racers dock at the Ports of Call, where a hearty dinner dispatches hunger with pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches, smoked sausage, and hot dogs accompanied by cold deli sides, cookies, and soft drinks. After dinner, everyone heads to the Shamu Theater for a private showing of SeaWorld’s new show, One Ocean, in which killer whales jump, perform tricks, and deliver Shakespearean monologues in the spray of dancing fountains. In the family area, kids create arts and crafts, engage mobile gaming at the Games2U van, offer a cheeky canvas for face-painted al frescos, or mingle casually with costumed characters.
Prevent Blindness Texas
For more than 55 years, the mission of non-profit Prevent Blindness Texas has been to prevent blindness, preserve sight, and improve vision for Texans. Through thousands of vision screenings each year, the staff helps clients of all ages, such as children at risk of lazy eyes or adults at risk for glaucoma. They also strive to educate the public through media campaigns, public service announcements, and special events.