Runners World ranked the 12k’s of Christmas as one of the TOP 10 “Family Events” in the USA. Click here to read the article
Schedule of Events
7 – 10 am: Packet Pickup / Day of Race Registration
8:00 – 10 am: Costume Judging
9:00 am: Mayor’s welcome, Spirit of Giving Presentation, National Anthem
9:12 am: 1.2k Santa Sled Run Starts
10:00 am: Costume Prize Table opens
10:00 am: 12k Run Starts
10:12 am: 6k Run Starts
11:00 am: Medal Presentations
8:30 am and 9:15 am Campo Verde Jazz Band at Packet Pickup
9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 Arizona Canine Freestylers in Santa’s Pet Village
Pet Adoptions in Santa’s Pet Village (if you adopt a pet, go pick up your gift at the Wells Fargo booth)
Course The 1.2k (1.2k = .75 miles) The 1.2k begins at 9:12 am. It starts and ends on the grass at Gilbert’s Freestone District Park with an out and back route through the park behind the ball fields, turning around at the Powerline Trail. Safe, nowhere near any road, and lots of folks out there to cheer you on and make sure you turn around!
Registration Bring the family or your co-workers and register a team in the 1.2k Santa “Sled” run/walk. You don’t need a sled, but we invite you to have some fun with this! Enter a team with a theme. Decorate the stroller, bring a wagon, dress up the pets. There will be gifts for the team and individuals with the most Christmas Spirit, Santa Paws’ Favorite Pet and the Best Decorated Entry.
Pre-register on-line or using the mail in form. Registration is available on-site and at advance packet pickup.
Finish Line Target employees will be on hand to give everyone a candy cane at the finish. There are no finishers medals for the 1.2k participants. They are available for $10 on-line or at the finish line (subject to availability).
Packet Pickup Race numbers and registration packets will be available at early packet pickup on Thursday December 7 from 3 pm to 7 pm – Location Roadrunner Sports Tempe Marketplace. (Yes, you can pick up packets for other runners. Just bring all their information.) Packet pickup will be available the morning of the event between 7 and 9:30 am.
Run/Walk The 1.2k will begin at 9:12, early enough that you can participate with the kids then run in the 6k or 12k event as well. (Note: if you are not registered for the 6k or 12k, and you want to run with a child in the 1.2k, you will need to sign yourself up as well.)
Pets are welcome, as are wagons, strollers, and other decorated entries. We just ask that you let any 1.2k runners move to the front of the starting line.
Awards Judges awards for the Most Christmas Spirit (Family and Youth), Santa Paw’s Favorite Pet and Best Decorated Entry. If you have a costume, go see the judges (presented by Printing Specialists) between 8:00 and 10. The prize winners will be able to pick up their gifts from under the Christmas tree after 10 am. A list of winners will be posted.
Photos Our photographer will be on hand to take photos – James Dorsett. Just click the name to see past photos of the event.
Transfer/Refund All participant entries are non-transferable and there are no refunds. You may not transfer or sell your race number to another person. We do not offer a deferral to next year event or another event in the series. There are no exceptions to this policy unless approved by race organizer.