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Santa Hustle® Smokies Event Information

It’s not just a race. It’s a magical experience.

Come join the Santa Hustle® magic on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at The Wilderness Resort.

All 5K  & Half Marathon Santa lovers will receive:

  • Santa hat & beard
  • Santa Shirt to wear while running
  • 5K or Half Finisher Medal
  • New for 2017 – Candy Cane Socks.

All Kids Participants will receive:

  • Santa Hat
  • Santa Beard
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher Ribbon

With this swag gift, you won’t want anything else this Christmas!

Entry Fees

5k Run/Walk

$40.00: Until November 25
$45.00: November 26 – December 9
$50.00: Packet Pickup & Race Day

Half Marathon

$60.00: Until November 25
$65.00: November 26 – December 9
$70.00: Packet Pickup & Race Day

Kids Races (12 & under)

$5.00: 100-Yard Santa Sprint
$10.00: 1-Mile Rudolph Run

Date & Time

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Half Marathon Race start: 7:30 A.M.
5k Race Start: Approx. 7:45 A.M.
1-Mile Kids Rudolph Run Race Start: 7:00 A.M.
100-Yard Santa Sprint Start: 7:15 A.M.

Start & Finish

Wilderness at the Smokies Resort and Waterpark
1424 Old Knoxville Highway
Sevierville, TN

Race Charity

The Marines will be at the race with Toys for Tots, collecting toys for underprivileged children. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate on race day. For more information call 847-829-4538

As with all our events, we’re proud to announce this is a litter free event.  In the Smokies, we’re partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful to ensure our only footprint left behind is that of yours running!  Keep Sevier Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, will not only help ensure the Santa Hustle is litter free, but is on hand to help collect all the recyclables!  We’re partnering to ensure we’re keeping our course beautiful for years to come!  You can do your part by disposing of your trash properly in the pre and after race areas.

To make a donation directly to Keep Sevier Beautiful, click here.


Packet pickup

The Santa Hustle® Smokies packet pick-up will be held on Saturday and Race Day.

  • Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wilderness Resort. It will be located in the Cade Coves Conference Rooms at the Stone Hill Lodge building. See map here. (same location as 2015)
  • Race Day Packet Pick-Up WILL BE AVAILABLE this year from 6:15-7:15 a.m.

You may have a friend pick your packet up for you. They will need a copy of your confirmation ticket email and the correct spelling of your first and last name.


The Wilderness at the Smokies has a special rate starting at $119 just for Santa Hustle® participants! Staying at the Wilderness is a great perk for our runners! You are right by the start, finish, after party and packet pick-up. The Wilderness features an indoor waterpark, family adventure center, restaurants and top of the line accommodations. For more information or to make reservations, please call 877-325-9453.  Don’t forget to request the Santa Hustle group block to receive special discounted rates.

2017 Santa Hustle® Swag
Santa Hustle Free Gifts

All 5K & Half Marathon participants will receive:

  • Santa Hat
  • Santa Beard
  • Guess who is back? Santa Long Sleeve Shirt!
  • Finisher Medal


All Kids Race Participants will receive:

  • Santa Hat
  • Santa Beard
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher Ribbon

Timing and Bibs

The Santa Hustle® 5k & Half Marathon 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

Parking will be available at the Sevierville Convention Center garage at no cost. We strongly encourage carpooling. Arrive early as roads will begin to close at 7:00 a.m. Please try to enter through Gist Creek Road as Old Knoxville Highway will be inaccessible after 6:45 a.m.


The top 3 Male & Female Finishers in each age group for the 5K and Half Marathon will receive a customized Santa Hustle medal. The top 3 overall males and females will receive a personalized award.

There is no on site awards ceremony. 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.

All Finishers will receive either this awesome half marathon or 5K finisher medal!

Awards will be handed out for the following categories:

  • Best Group Santa Costumes
  •  Best Individual Santa Costume
Gear Check

Gear Check will be available for all participants at the race starting at 6:30 AM. 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 12:30 PM on race day will be transported to our main office in Palatine, IL. Items not claimed within 30 days will be donated to a local charity.

Strollers, Walkers, and Dogs

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

Post Race Party
Santa Hustle Post Race Party

The Santa Hustle® post race party will take place at the Wilderness, outside in a large heated tent. All runners will get to enjoy free milk & cookies – Santa’s favorite treat – while rocking out to holiday music. There will also be food available for purchase from the Wilderness.

Register Now for the Santa Hustle® Smokies!

Register Now

or send a PDF Form to:


Adrenaline Sports Management
c/o Santa Hustle® Smokies
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.