Dashing and Prancing for a Good Cause: How the Dasher & Prancer 5K Run/Walk Helps Out the RGVDA (and How You Can Join!)

On Dasher, on Prancer, on so many more! It’s time for a jog with so much in store!

Yes, now that December has officially rolled in, the holiday season is in full swing. Which means everyone’s running to-and-fro to get everything arranged and wrapped and ready to go for the big days ahead. But for some, running for a cause is the whole point! Or the walking, the jogging, the skipping, the ambling… so long as you reach the finish line, you’ve succeeded with the Dasher & Prancer 5K Run/Walk.

What’s That?

If you aren’t familiar with this march of walkers, runners, and reindeer, the Dasher & Prancer 5K Run/Walk is an annual event that comes through the RGV every December in support of the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA). The route begins in Edinburg Municipal Park on December 17th at 8 AM, with check-in at 7 AM. For 3.1 miles, you can run, walk, or frolic as you please from start to finish. And you can even be part of a team, including any four-legged furry friends willing to go the distance with you! At the end of the race, awards will be given out to top participants in a number of categories. All that, and you’ll have contributed to the RGVDA’s cause!

How It Helps

The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association is an independent, local, non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the issue of diabetes aid and awareness in the RGV. Founded in 2007 by a group of concerned doctors and business leaders, the RGVDA has spent the last fifteen years providing education, early detection services, awareness and aid to the Valley and its battle against diabetes. By participating in the Dasher & Prancer 5K Run/Walk, the registration fee and the event itself go towards supporting the RGVDA’s mission, helping them provide resources to others and raising encouraging mindfulness of the health issue.

Lacks Furniture’s CEO, Lee Aaronson, is just as invested in initiatives to help the RGV fight against the disease. It’s why we’ve been proud to join forces with the RGVDA and the Dasher & Prancer event since 2016. And we’re doing the same for 2022!

How Do I Sign Up?

The quickest way is to sign up online. Just click the link hereand you’ll be led through the registration process. This option will be available until December 13th at 12 PM. Early online registration is highly recommended to reserve your spot and T-shirt.  As the 5K date approaches, you'll have a chance to pick up your packet from the Lacks Galleria, full of all the odds and ends that come with being a participant. The address is:

Lacks McAllen Galleria 
1200 E. Expwy 83, McAllen, Texas 78503 

Packet pick-up times will be Wednesday, December 14th from 10 AM to 6 PM and Thursday, December 15th from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Otherwise, you can go with on-site registration from 7 to 7:30 AM at Edinburg Municipal Park on the morning of the event. The registration fee is $25.

Then What?

Pick out your comfiest sneakers, get warmed up, and be ready to run, walk, dash, and prance when the big day gets here. And, if you’re interested in learning more about the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association in the meantime, check out their site here.


Here’s to another fantastic race. Meet you at the finish line!



Online through Tuesday, December 13th at 12 PM. Sign-up link is HERE.
On-site registration is available at Edinburg Municipal Park race morning from 7:00 to 7:30 AM

Registration Fee

$25 each  

Packet Pick-up

Lacks McAllen Galleria 
1200 E. Expwy 83 McAllen, Texas 

Wednesday, December 14th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Run/Walk Details

Date: Saturday, December 17th


Edinburg Municipal Park
714 S. Raul Longoria Rd, Edinburg, TX. 78542

Check-in: 7:00 AM

Race begins: 8:00 AM


Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Top 3 overall male and female participants
  • Top 3 male and female participants in each age division (Increments of 10)
  • Team with most participants
  • Best Furry Friend Christmas outfit
  • Finishers medals for the first 250 finishers