Run, Santa, Run 5K!

Capitol Square
Madison, WI
2:00 pm



It's Madison's favorite Christmas tradition with four easy steps!

-Step #1: Decide whether you want to run as a Santa or an elf.

-Step #2: Get your costume (we'll help - people who register as Santa get a red long sleeved  t-shirt and Santa hat, while the elves get a green long sleeved t-shirt and elf hat).

-Step #3: Run or walk the 5K and have a good time.

-Step #4: Enjoy a post race party with food and drink! Bring an item to help stock the shelves of The River Food Pantry. A list of needs can be viewed here.

Although there won't be timing at this run, we will be awarding both the first Santa and the first elf to cross the finish line, so make sure we can tell which one you are!

Pinch the Grinch:

Be sure and try to beat the Grinch for a prize that's more fun than a Who-pudding!


This event supports the River Food Pantry, Dane County’s busiest food pantry. You can help in two ways:

  2. VOTE! Vote daily until December 12th at HERE.  The River Food Pantry is a finalist for a $20,000 grant and needs your vote


Thank you for helping support this charity. 


When: 2:00PM December 6th, 2014 

Where: Capitol Square, Madison, WI


Early Packet Pick Up

Beat the lines race morning by coming to early packet pick up! You can register at early packet pick up too!

2 Locations 12/5/2014: 4-7 pm

  • Fleet Feet Sports - Madison, 8440 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53562

  • Fleet Feet - Sun Prairie, 2828 Prairie Lakes Dr #106, Sun Prairie, WI 53590


Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up

Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 on the corner of East Dayton and Wisconsin Ave. The race starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. Participants MAY pick up other participants packets. Race day registration is $45 per participant.

​*We do not ship race t-shirts or other race swag*

Registration Information*:

There will be multiple options to register.

  • Online with 
  • By mail: Download and print THIS FORM and mail it with payment to Race Day (checks made out to Race Day Events, LLC) before 11/30/2014 to:

                               Race Day Events, LLC

                               5976B Executive Drive

                               Fitchburg WI, 53719

  • In person: You will also be able to register in person the day before the event at early packet pick up or on Race Day at the Race Site!

​​*We do not ship race t-shirts or other race swag*



  • Early Bird registration: $25 through 6/30/2014
  • Regular registration: $30 through 10/31/2014
  • November registration: $35 through 11/30/2014
  • Late registration: $40 12/1/2014-12/5/2014
  • In person registration: $45 during packet pick up, or the day of the event.


  • 12 & Under ALWAYS only $15.00

All prices include WI sales tax.

Schedule of Events:

  • 12/5/2014: Packet Pick Up - 4-7 pm

    • Fleet Feet Sports - Madison, 8440 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53562

    • Fleet Feet - Sun Prairie, 2828 Prairie Lakes Dr #106, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

  • 12/6/2014: Race Day - at the Capitol Square
    • 12:00-1:45pm   Packet Pick Up and Registration*
    • 2:00pm             Race Start
    • 2:30pm             Wheelhouse live at the Masonic Temple
    • 3:30pm             Cookie Eating Contest
    • 4:30pm             Holiday Costume Contest
    • 5:30pm             Last call at the Masonic Temple

​*We do not ship race t-shirts or other race swag*

**You MAY pick up other people's packets at packet pick up**


There will be three (3) special stations on the course.  All special stations will have Christmas music playing to keep you in the Holiday Spirit.

Station #1:  Christmas Cookie Station.  Stop here and grab a cookie to help you along the way.

Station #2:  Mistletoe/Kissing Station.  Kiss that special person next to you or enjoy a Hershey's kiss under the Mistletoe Truss.

Station #3:  Hot Chocolate Station.  A chance to warm up before finishing the route.  Stop here for a warm hot chocolate. 



Post Race Festivities:

Live music by Mighty Wheelhouse will be playing from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. Come for the run and stay for the fun.

Wisconsin Brewing Co. beers will be on tap and the first one is complimentary.* Brats and Chili dogs  will be served by the Masonic Temple and are free to all runners.

*You must be 21 to drink alcohol.  


Although this is not a timed event, we will be giving an award if you beat the Grinch as well as if you are the first Santa and the first elf to cross the finish line. Make sure we can tell which one you are!  


Parking will be available at the downtown ramps or on city streets. The city lots are paid lots, so make sure you have a way to pay!

Free Race Photos: 

Run Santa Run is a FocalShare event...that means that every participant will be able to download free digital images. Share them with friends, family, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog! Check out the Run Santa Run website to view and download your favorite photos.

Post your photos from the event to Facebook and tag #RunSantaRun5k

Weather/Refund Policy:

This race will be held regardless of rain, snow, or freezing temperatures. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. If the race is canceled there will be NO REFUNDS. Race Day Events has a NO REFUND policy. There are no refunds for any reason.