A: This is the ultimate winter race in Galveston, TX. Join thousands of Santa’s at Galveston Yacht Basin on Sunday, December 18, 2016. All participants receive a Santa hat, beard and a lightweight performance hoodie. NEW FOR 2016 – A FINISHER MEDAL FOR ALL! There will be holiday music throughout the course, cookie & candy stations on course & at the finish line, plus much, much more!
A: Click here to register.
A: The race begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp for the half marathon and 8:15 a.m. for the 5K.
$37.50: First 500 or July 1st
$40.00: July 1- July 31
$45.00: August 1 – November 17
$50.00: November 18 – December 17
$55.00: Packet Pickup & Race Day
$55.00: First 500 or July 1st
$60.00: July 1- July 31
$65.00: August 1 – November 17
$70.00: November 18 – December 17
$75.00: Packet Pickup & Race Day
A: The 2016 Shirts are a Lightweight Performance Hoodie. Sizes are adult unisex XS to 3XL. No Youth Size. For the SIZING CHART: Click Here.
A: No, any age can run/walk the race.
A: Strollers are allowed, and you only need to register your child if they want to be timed and get all the gear.
A: 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.
A: Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up will be available on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the San Louis Resort on the 2nd Floor (5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551). Click here for a packet pick-up location and parking map!
Race day packet pick-up WILL BE available on Sunday morning from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. PPU will close exactly at 7:45 a.m. so Santa says get there early and expect long lines.
A: Yes, you may pick up a friend’s packet during packet pick-up and vice versa, a friend can pick up your packet. You must bring an email confirmation ticket, or know the correct spelling of their last names.
A: Click here for a packet pick-up location and parking map!
A: Yes. Race day packet pick-up WILL BE available on Sunday morning from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. PPU will close exactly at 7:45 a.m. so Santa says get there early and expect long lines. PPU is only on Saturday and Sunday. There will be no other options.
A: Yes! This makes packet pick-up go much smoother for everyone. If you have a group of 15 or more please email us with your list of names and we will put your group’s packets all together for 1 person to easily pick them up at packet pick-up.
A: Please arrive early and allow plenty of time to park. The roads will begin closing at 7:30 a.m.
A: The event will take place rain, shine, or snow. However, if the weather is threatening (lightning, storms, etc.), we will send out emails and facebook announcements for further information.
A: We strongly encourage carpooling and getting to the Start early, as there may be traffic. Allow sufficient time for heavy traffic congestion and street closures due to the race. Parking map coming soon!
A: There will be age group awards for the top 3 males and females in each age group in 5 year increments from 10 and under to 70+. There will also be an award for the top 3 males and females overall. Awards will be mailed to you after the New Year.
A: Yes, gear check will be available to all participants starting at 7 a.m. until after the race. Please have your bib number gear check tab already placed on your bag when you come to the gear check area. The gear check tab will be attached to your race bib.
A: We will be using the bib tag system. Your timing strip is on the back of your bib. Please wear your bib on your front chest with nothing covering it. The bib must be on the outside of all clothing, jackets, etc. to receive an accurate time.
A: The after party will be announced shortly.
A: Yes. The Official 2016 Santa Hustle Galveston Charity is Galveston County Food Bank.
For more information about the Galveston County Food Bank, CLICK HERE.
To donate to the Galveston County Food Bank CLICK HERE.
A: Race Results will be posted by the evening of Race Day. For results please click here.
A: Yes, we have sponsorships available for the virtual race bag and for race day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A: With the change in location the course is not certified.
A: This is a mainly flat course on paved roads.
A: Yes, all participants will need to keep around a 15 minute mile pace or a 3:30 finish time. The course will close completely at 12:00 p.m.
A: Yes, you may use headphones during the run. Just please be aware of your surroundings and others around you racing.
A: Yes strollers are allowed, but you must start in one of the back corrals.
A: Yes, usually around 1/3 of the participants are solely walkers in the 5K. If you walk the half marathon you MUST keep a 15 minute mile pace. If you do not keep this pace you will be asked to move to the sidewalk and follow normal pedestrian rules for safety reasons.
A: There will be signs at the start that indict various mile paces. Please line up accordingly to your pace – minute per mile. Please be in your corral by 7:45 a.m. as the race will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
A: There will be 7 aid/water stations, 1 cookie station and 1 candy station. Please see the course maps for exact locations.
A: Please visit our volunteer page for a list of volunteer descriptions. We need volunteers for packet pickup Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center. We also need volunteers race day at TBD from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
A: Our volunteers are our elves! All volunteers receive an elf hat and an elf long sleeve t-shirt. You also get to take part in the cookies, bananas and after party!
A: Yes, anyone who needs us to sign off on hours or write volunteer letters we are more than happy to help.
A: If you even have just an hour of time to donate for packet pickup that is where we tend to be short on volunteers. Please contact email@example.com to sign up!
A: No. We appreciate your support, however, we do not allow volunteers to run the race for free or at a discounted rate.