Event Info

Join us for the 4th Annual Sacramento Santa Run on December 17!

The Sacramento Santa Run brings a day of fun for the whole family with a 5k Run/Walk and Merry Mile, and a festive finish at the Sacramento Downtown Plaza with cookies (Gingersnap Waffles provided by Honey Stinger), milk, music and snow.

We encourage all participants to dress up as Santa Claus (one Santa suit is provided per registration entry) or one of your favorite holiday characters or traditions. Costume ideas include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidels, menorahs, ornaments, trees, and candlesticks.

The ideas are limitless, and can even be done as a group!

Gingersnap Waffles at Race Finish!

Honey Stinger will be providing Organic Gingersnap Waffles at this year’s race finish.

Race Day Calendar

  • 9:00am – 5k Race Start
  • Merry Mile Start after 5k
  • 10:30am – Awards Ceremony

Where is the race?

California State Capitol
1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

What do you receive with your registration?

All registrants receive admittance to the race they’ve registered for, race t-shirt, Santa Suit, milk and cookies (Gingersnap Waffles provided by Honey Stinger) at the end of the race, goodie bag, discounted ice skating admission and free ice skate rental, and a great time celebrating the Holidays in our local community!

Packet Pickup & Late Registration

  • Thursday, December 15 @ 12-5pm
    Pottery World – El Dorado Hills
    1006 White Rock Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Friday, December 16 @ 12-5pm
    Pottery World – Rocklin
    4419 Granite Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Saturday, December 17 @ 7-9am
    Race Day at the State Capitol
    1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

What does the race t-shirt look like?

Course Map

  • Start at Capitol and run down Capitol Mall
  • Left on 3rd Street
  • Right on N Street
  • Left on 2nd Street
  • Right on O Street
  • Left on Front Street
  • Right on Broadway
  • Right on Sacramento River Bike Trail
  • Cross Croswalk at Tower Bridge entering Old Town on Front Street
  • Right turn on K Street
  • Run through K Street Tunnel to finish near Macy’s


Parking is available at the City Lots near the Downtown Commons/Finish Line.


What do I receive with my race registration?

  • Race T-Shirt
  • Santa Suit
  • Milk and Cookies at race finish
  • Goodie bag
  • Discounted ice skate rentals

What Santa Suit sizes are available?

Please refer to our Santa Suit sizing chart available here. You will be asked for your Suit size during the registration process.

Can you pickup packets for a friend?

PDF_logoEvery registrant needs to sign the event waiver, but if that’s been done online – packets for friends can be picked up with a note.

If you’re not sure if your friend has signed the event waiver, please download here, have them sign, and bring to registration.

How are the races timed?

The Sacramento Santa Run will be timed via electronic timing chip. The Merry Mile is not a timed race. The timing chip does not need to be returned.

What comes with the Santa Suit?

Pants, jacket, belt, hat and beard.

Where does the race start?

The race starts at the State Capitol/Capitol Mall roundabout between 9th and 10th Streets.

Where does the race end?

West entrance of Sacramento Downtown Plaza.

How do I receive my discounted ice skate rental?

A $2 OFF ice rink coupon will be available on the back of your bib. Present your bib at the ice rink for discounted admission. Admission includes skate rental.

Are dogs allowed to race?

For the safety of all participants we ask that dogs celebrate the Holidays by resting at home.

Are baby strollers allowed in the race?

Strollers are always invited, but please start the race in proper pace class. Generally, strollers line up near the rear of the pack for safety.

Can I listen to music in headphones during the race?

There is no need to bring your headphones to this run. Plenty of on-course entertainment will be provided.

How many water stations will be on the race course?

Two water stations will be on the race course, but that’s just the beginning. Cider, candy canes, snacks, and entertainment will also be available. At race finish, cookies, milk, and water will be provided.

Will there be awards for the fastest runners?

Prizes for fastest runners will be available for pickup at the results booth approx. 45min after the first finisher crosses the finish line.

What happens if it’s raining on race day?

Rain, shine, snow and wind. As long as Santa says GO…this race is on!

Where is the best place to park?

Downtown Plaza has a parking structure just a few blocks away, and there is also parking available at the finish line location.