Holiday 5K

Saturday, Dec 10th at 11:00am at the Esplanade in Boston


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Miss Santa Holiday 5K at 11am

Whether running or walking, everyone enjoys our flat, fast & scenic 3.1 mile course taking place entirely on the Charles River Esplanade. The event benefits RACE Cancer Foundation and The Ellie Fund.

Entry fee: $25
Cancer survivors can run for free; please email [email protected] by 12/4 for more information.

Team captain perks:
Create a team, recruit at least 4 other teammates and you’ll get free into our Super Sunday 5K/5M! Once you’ve got 5 runners on your team, email [email protected] for your coupon code. We’ll also have prizes for the captains of the three largest teams.

Chip timing:
The Miss Santa Holiday 5K is a chip-timed event for runners; the chip will be on the back of your race number. The Pink Walk is not timed.

View the Holiday 5K course map here.

Awards categories:
Top Miss Santa costume (judged by the crowd and the race director!) + Top 3 Male & female overall and age group awards: 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.  Overall and AG awards are based on gun time. Trophies/medals can be picked up at our office but any other prizes may only be claimed at the awards ceremony.

9:300am – registration opens
10:40am – registration closes
11:00am – Miss Santa costume contest
11:05am – Miss Santa Holiday 5K run begins
11:45am – Samuel Adams After-Party at Fire+Ice
12:30pm – Awards Ceremony

Number pick-up:
Race day number pickup on Saturday 9:30am to 10:30am

Bag check:
As with all RACE events, there will be secure bag-check area (near start/finish line) for all participants.

Dogs and strollers:
Dogs and strollers are welcome in either event – please start from the back if participating in the run and pass carefully.

We need volunteers!
We are seeking volunteers to help with several aspects of the event. Please sign up to volunteer at

It pays to tell your friends!
Races are more fun with friends and we reward our runners for referring others to our events. When you register, you’ll get a “Sharelink” in your confirmation email so that RaceMenu can track your referrals.  As always, we’ll have  awesome prizes for the top referrers.

Postponement, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be postponed to another date. No refunds will be issued due to conflicts with the postponement date. If RACE must cancel the event due to circumstances beyond our control, no refunds will be issued.  Please remember, all proceeds go to charity.

Getting to the event:
Parking is not available at the Esplanade, however the event is easily accessible via MBTA:

Green Line: Get off at the Arlington Street Station. Walk along the Public Garden/Arlington Street to Beacon Street. Cross over Beacon Street and take the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Hatch Shell. From there, follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

Red Line: Get off at the Charles Street/MGH station. Take the footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Charles River side and walk west along Storrow Drive. The Hatch Shell is a short walk from there; follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

If driving, park at the Boston Common Garage on Charles Street. Upon exiting the garage, go right on Charles Street and left on Beacon Street. Cross over Beacon Street and take the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Hatch Shell, then follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

Getting to the after-party:
FiRE+iCE, 205 Berkeley Street, Boston
Return over the Fiedler Footbridge, cross Beacon Street, walk four blocks along the Public Garden/Arlington Street to Boylston Street, turn right, walk one block to Berkeley Street, turn left, FiRE+iCE will be on your left at 205 Berkeley Street.

Silent Auction & Raffle
Lots of great items to win! Get your holiday shopping done while contributing to a great cause!


Heartbreak Hill Running Company $25 Gift Card (2)

Case of Drink Maple

Two 3D pop up cards fromLovepop

ZA $50 Gift Card

Bon Me $20 Gift Card

Commonwealth Cambridge $50 Gift Card

Run for the Troops 5K Registration & T-shirt

Weston Ski Track Ski Rental, Lesson & Full Day Trail Pass


PaintBar $70 Gift Certificate

6 Month Subscription to Edoughble Cookie Dough

Turnstyle 5 Class Pass

Cambridge Athletic Club 5 Class Pass (2)

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Day of Paddling

Yoga Works Back Bay One Month Membership

Paper Source Workshop Gift Pass

Community Ice Skating at Kendall Skating Passes for Two

FitVine Wine Half Case

Drink Maple Gift Set with Case of 12, T-shirt & Beanie

New Balance $100 Gift Card

Bodyscapes fitness Two Personal Training Sessions

Run for the Troops 5K Registration & T-shirt (2)

Case of 12 Eat Your Coffee Bars (2)

Beatrice Dauge 6×6 Oil Painting