Christmas Carolers, Strings Orchestras, Guitarists, Fiddlers, Flutes, and Cellos, not to mention cows, horses, goats, sheep, donkeys and turtles … all on the course cheering you on! You won’t find any run more unique than this one.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 12k (12k = 7.5 miles) is US Track & Field Certified and starts and ends at Gilbert’s Freestone District Park with an out and back route along Western Powerline Trail. It’s a flat, scenic trail– mainly running on packed gravel past farms and behind the Riparian area. Look for horses, cows, goats, tortoises – it’s a bit of rural America in the big city! Plus 14 performing groups on this course.The majority of the run is on the Powerline trail with only 3 street crossings. NOTE: The police have closed these roads for the run, however slower runners or walkers need to be aware that Greenfield will reopen at 11:30 and Val Vista reopens at 11:45. You will have to stop for cars and take care crossing these streets.
Registration Participants are invited to pre-register on-line or using the mail in form. Late registration is available on-site and at advance packet pickup. Registration is limited to 2500. Everyone will receive 12k’s of Christmas running socks and a 12k’s of Christmas Finisher Medal!
Do you like free food? Is Pizza a food group? If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that the Pizza Cafe is once again giving us FREE Pizza Buffet coupons for all of the runner goodie bags. (No “virtual bags” at this run!)
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, including sock size!) Packet pickup will be available the morning of the event between 7 and 9:30 am.
Run/Walk The 12k will begin at 10:00. Pets are welcome, but dog-owners will be asked to line up in the back of the pack. Water Stations will be at 1.5/10.5k, 3/9k, and 6k with water for you and your dogs. Porta-potties will be at Val Vista, Greenfield and Guadalupe roads. First Aid is at the start / finish line in the park. After you finish, drop by Santa’s Food Court for beverages and snacks.
Race Numbers Please wear your race number on the front of your jersey. Note that numbers can only be worn by the registered participant.
There will also be “judges” awards for the Most Christmas Spirit (Male and Female), Best Christmas Themed Running Outfit and Best Dressed Pet. If you wear a costume, be sure to stop by the Judges tables (presented by Printing Specialists) between 8 and 10 am. Prize winners can pick up their gifts from under the Christmas tree any time after the race. A list of winners will be posted.
Photos Our photographer will be on hand to take photos – James Dorsett. Just click his 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.