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Santa Hustle Chicago Event Information

Be a part of one of the largest growing races as thousands of Santas will hit the streets of Chicago at the Eighth Annual Santa Hustle 5k Run/Walk at Soldier Field on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.

Every participant will receive a Santa hat, beard, and a Lightweight Performance Hoodie to wear while running. New for 2016 – a 5K Finisher Medal! With outrageous holiday decorations, festive music, and a large After Party you won’t want to miss!

Entry Fees

$37.50: First 500 or July 1st
$40.00: July 1- July 31
$45.00: August 1 – November 2
$50.00: November 3 – December 2
$55.00: Packet Pickup & Race Day

Date & Time

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Race start: 9:00 A.M.

Start & Finish

Soldier Field
1410 Museum Campus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Race Charity

The 2016 Santa Hustle Chicago is Supporting the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Whether you’re running for your first time or your best time, we’ll provide you with an extraordinary experience. 

Would you like to make your miles more meaningful and help finish the fight against cancer?  To donate to the American Cancer Society click here! You can also email determinationIL@cancer.org for more information about joining Team DetermiNation and raising money on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Toys for Tots official drop off spot: Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Santa Hustle for Toys for Tots!

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Race Packet Pick-Up

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up will be available at Road Runner Sports at MULTIPLE locations. Please double check all locations AND times below as they vary.

Wednesday, November 30:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 1:  12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, December 2:  12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be available this year at Soldier Field!

  • Race Day Packet Pick-up will be available from 7:30-8:45am at Soldier Field

You or a friend MUST pick up your packet at one of the above packet pick-up locations and times. If a friend is picking up your packet please forward them your confirmation ticket. If you have any questions or conflicts please contact info@santahustle.com


The 2016 host hotel is the Hilton Chicago. Just a short walk to Soldier Field from there. Click here to make reservations.

Santa Hat, Beard, & Lightweight Performance Hoodie
Santa Hustle Free Gifts

All participants will receive:

  • Santa Hat
  • Santa Beard
  • Lightweight Performance Hoodie
  • NEW! 5K Finisher Medal


Timing and Bibs

The Santa Hustle 5k is an officially timed event using the disposable B-Tag timing system. Timing chips are attached directly to the back of your bib number and are to remain adhered for the duration of the event.

In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bibs is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Results will be posted on-site, as soon as possible following the event and official results will be posted on our website within 24 hours.

Location & Parking

All participants are spectators are strongly encouraged to use public transportation to the start and finish areas in Soldier Field, as well as to locations along the course. If you drive, allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race. You can walk to Soldier Field from the Roosevelt Red Line as well.

  • Parking is available in the Waldron Deck of Soldier Field for $20. For further information, please visit the Soldier Field website
  • If you plan to drive please carpool and arrive early as the roads will begin to close at 8:00 a.m.


We recommend reserving your Santa Hustle parking spot in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that helps drivers find and book parking online!

To find and reserve your spot today, visit the Santa Hustle SpotHero Parking Page or download the iPhone|Android app to book your spot from your phone!

New to SpotHero? Enter promo code SANTAHUSTLE at checkout for an extra $5 off parking!



The top three Male & Female Finishers in each age group for the 5K will receive a customized Santa Hustle medal. The top three overall Male and Female Finishers will receive a customized award.

All awards will be mailed out after the New Year.

Age groups are as follows:
10 and under, 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 and over.

Awards will be handed out for the following categories:

  • Best Group Santa Costumes
  • Best Individual Santa Costume

*Medals designed by the Runolution

SH 5K Medal


Gear Check

Gear Check will be available for all participants at the race starting at 7:00 A.M. Please use the provided tear off on your race bib and zip tie to use when you check your personal items. Any gear not picked up by 11:00 A.M. on race day will be transported to our main office at 345 N Eric Dr., Palatine, IL. Items not claimed within 30 days will be donated to a local charity.

Strollers, Walkers, and Dogs

Strollers and walkers are allowed. Dogs are NOT allowed. Walkers and Strollers need to start behind all the runners.

Post Race Party
Santa Hustle Post Race Party

The Santa Hustle post race party will be at Navy Pier! All the bars will open at 10 a.m. for Santa Hustle runners. Be sure to bring your race bib in order to receive awesome food and drink specials.

Or Click Here for the lakefront path walking route that takes you directly to Navy Pier.

Parking will be available at Navy Pier for $19

Register Now for the Santa Hustle Chicago!

Register Now

or send a PDF Form to:


Adrenaline Sports Management
c/o Santa Hustle Chicago
345 N Eric Dr
Palatine IL, 60067

Refunds / Exchanges

Since Santa Claus has many upfront costs, we have a strict and uniform policy of no refunds or exchanges, no person-to-person transfer, or no deferrals to a future year. We do understand that plans change, injuries happen, and various holiday festivities and situations arise, but, we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of a subjective line of who should receive a refund and who doesn’t.  All purchases and sales are 100% final, no exceptions. The event will take place rain or shine and refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.