Can you tell me more about the three charities benefiting from the Santa Run?

The three beneficiaries of the Santa Run are Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners.  More information about these beneficiaries can be found on these pages.  Christmas in the Park    Reading Partners

Registration Questions

Are there any discounts?

No.  There are no individual or group discounts. This event raises money for two beneficiaries, so we would like to give as much money as possible to them

Where do I pick up my bib and shirt?

You can pick up your bib and shirt at the following locations: Expo at Sports Basement Sunnyvale Shirts, costumes and bibs can be picked up at Sports Basement. Location, Dates and Times TBA Race Day Pick-Up Downtown San Jose Location and Times TBA

I have a registration problem.

Call 1-888-385-1360 prior to the race for registration and billing problems.

Can we register as a group?

When you register you get to choose the quantity of each ticket type you would like and from there you fill out all the information for how many total tickets you are purchasing. If you would like everyone to be recognized on a team have the first person who registers create your team name and then everyone who registers afterwards can select that team under the “team” drop down menu.

Will we be able to check our belongings?

Time and location will TBA.

Timing Chip

Do we need to return the timing chip?

No, but please place bib in our composting bins.  Thanks for helping us be green!

Do I need to attach my timing chip?

No, it's on your bib.

Santa Costume

What comes with the Santa costume?

A hat, beard, jacket with a belt, and pants!

How do the Santa costumes run in size?



Size Inseam Waist Sleeve Chest Height
S 22” 28” 23” 22” 28”
M 26” 36” 24.5” 23” 29.5”
L 30” 44” 26” 24” 31”
XL 34” 52” 27.5” 25” 32.5

Location Questions

Where can spectators watch the race?

Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course.

Where does the race start?

The race starts on Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard.

Where can I park?

There are many paid parking lots around the venue and street parking as well.  Please see our venue map HERE.

What’s Allowed in the Race

Can my dog run with me?

No, we do not allow dogs on our courses.

Are baby strollers allowed in the race?

Yes, but please line up towards the back of the pack. Please also let faster runners pass while you are on the course, stay on the right hand side.

Race Course

How many water stops will there be?

There will be a water stop halfway though the course and at the conclusion of the course.  

What if I need medical help at the end of the race?

There will be first aid responders and an ambulance at the finish line.  

Will there be medical help on the race course?

There will be bicycle EMTs along the course.

Race Results

Where and when will the race results be posted?

After the race, results will be available on the website.  

Will there be rewards/medals for the runners?

There will be a Finisher Medal for all 5K finishers. There will also be medals and Sports Basement gift certificates will be given to the first three placers in each age category. The age categories are as follows: 9 and below, 10-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Kids Fun Run participants will receive a set of reindeer antlers.


How do I get my volunteer slip signed for school?

Please approach the staff member that signed you in and notify them that you need your volunteer slip signed for school so they can sign it off.  

Race Shirts

When/where do we pick up our Santa Run long-sleeved race shirts?

You can pick up your shirt at the expo at Sports Basement Sunnyvale on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 from 11 am to 7 pm daily. Race day pick up is at Silicon Valley Organization – 101 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113 - Sunday, – December 17 – 1 pm to 3:00 pm  

I registered for the wrong shirt size, can I change it?

Yes, you can pick up whichever size you would like at packet pick up. For best selection, arrive at the packet pick-up early.  

What do I need when I go to bib pick-up?

You’ll need to know the first and last name of the runner and their bib number.


Is the race happening rain or shine?

Yes, Santa delivers in all weathers and so will we!  

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located near the starting line and at the south end of Christmas in the Park.  

I’ve lost someone (child, parent, friend) what do I do?

Go to the Christmas in the Park information booth or the starting line announcer stage.  

Where are the nearest transit stops?

The nearest transit is at the San Jose Diridon station, which is served by buses, light-rail, Caltrain, ACE and Capitol Corridor.  They can also use VTA light rail by the San Jose Convention Center.  There will be a copy of light-rail and Caltrain schedules at the info booth.  

Where are the nearest restaurants?

There are a lot of restaurant options in downtown San Jose.  Please visit for a list of locations.

Where can I park?

There are many paid parking lots around the venue and street parking as well.  Please see our venue map HERE.