Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Running > 10k, 5k

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

A Full blown Santa Celebration and Christmas themed race. EVERYTHING Christmas. Live carolers.  Snow falling. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!  Santa shirts and gift package, Santa medals. 

BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH in Huntington Beach,  Ca, (lot 25- just west of Warner & PCH. Park in Sunset Beach and walk in )

8:30am MASS START 5k/10K   

PARKING: The state park charges $15 per vehicle. (bring cash or your state park pass to make entering the gate faster) . Enter in the main gate and proceed west to the last lot.  Lot 25.

EVENT STAGING IS in Lot 25 .   Pick up shirts and BIBs Race Day at the Race: 6:45am  to 8:15am  OR

Or EARLY PACKET PICK UP available:    Friday, December 16, 2022  noon to 4 pm
ROAD RUNNER SPORTS 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. 

You may pick up for others.  No ID required


6:45am  REGISTRATION OPENS through 8:15am.    Walk up registration welcome.. 

7:00am to 9am:  THE REAL SANTA will be there for REAL selfie photos!!! Hashtag #carenwareevents

8:00am KID's shorter distance races. HO HO HO! Dashes and a half mile and mile race will be offered at 8:00am  

8:00am to 8:20  Dickens Carolers , snow falling, and pictures with the real SANTA.

8:20 THE PENGUIN warm up. Dance to the Macarena.  EVERYBODY join in!!!

Race start:  8:30am  MASS START for 5K/10K .  Your time does not start until you roll under the starting arch.  Wear your bib on the FRONT.  You must cross under the start arch by 8:40am. 

Put a healthy kick into your Christmas with SO CAL’s SANTA CLAUS for a CAUSE  5K/10K.  The ultimate Christmas run! Choices of event shirt or a full Santa suit with race name on it.  THIS YEAR'S Finisher medal can be an ornament santa gift package design!  Top overall awards and age division medals in both 5k/10K. BEST COSTUME prizes.  And best dressed DOGGIE award! 

  • Fancy Santa Finisher Medal that turns into an ornament
  • Professional RFID Chip Timed in both races by ITZ ABOUT TIME
  • Age Division Awards
  • Included in registration is your choice of Santa Suit or A custom SANTA T-Shirt
  • Selfie booth with with  A REAL SANTA and candy canes!  
  • SNOW flakes falling!  Dickins Christmas Carolers singing.  
  • A PENGUIN warm up doing the 

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There are “In It To Win It” age categories 3 deep with 5 year age spans: 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 40-44, 45-49, 50-54,55-59 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 & over.  WOW!!!

You’ll enjoy Christmas carolers at the start and Christmas music at the course turn around. WELCOME the LIL DICKENS CAROLERS. Our talented performing arts professionals have also been greatly impacted by shut downs.  We are honored to give them an outside, healthy opportunity to sing. May this fill your heart with the sound of Christmas. 

This event GIFTS  back! Santa Claus with a Cause uses its proceeds to gift those who otherwise would not experience a Christmas and sincerely need staple goods.  This year, more than ever.  If your situation allows, hit the donate button and help us help those that do not have a gifted situation this CHRISTMAS. 

Read Caren Ware's FINDING FIT to learn about the porters that carry the equipment up Kilimanjaro in Africa this race supports.  Also, read SNARED: Trapped by my Own Ignorance. What running the Everest Marathon and what can happen to Kind Kind of People have in common. A story of surmounting.   Books are slated to release this fall of 2022. Real, raw, enlightening, adventurous running stories that run through life lessons. 

This is the Event that Gifts back.

Our gift to ourselves is health, but our gift to others is  hope.  Proceeds from this event are Western Wired to Africa. The money is used for  Christmas Day dinners and gifts.  When I ran the Kilimanjaro marathon as one of my marathons in the quest for doing all 7 continents, I had such a heart for the guides and porters and how hard they worked to provide staples for their families.  These men haul 70 to 80 lb loads for the opportunity to make a needed $5 per day.   The wired money has mainly gone for food, children's  school fees, shoes, some school materials and to help with dire medical needs. If you are in a position to do so, hit the donate button and help us help that cause. 

ALSO, KID's READ is a local charity that gifts books and the motivation to learn to read.  We will have a box registration that you can donate NEW and lightly used CHILDREN's BOOKS.  And a portion of the donations will also assist this local charity.  CIRCLE K Kiwanis students will be helping serve our cookies and hot cocoa at the finish. 

May we have the spirit of giving and gifting hope while we gift health to ourselves!   CAREN WARE

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