FAQ | Santa Hustle® Cedar Point
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Santa Hustle® Cedar Point FAQ

Q: Why should I run Santa Hustle Cedar Point® 5k & Half Marathon?

A: Because it is the most magical time of the year. So, come experience the magic of the Santa Hustle® on Sunday, December 9, 2018!

Q: Where do I register at?

A: Click here to register.

Q: What are the times of the race?


Half Marathon Start: 9:00 a.m.
5K Start: 9:30 a.m.
1-Mile Kids Rudolph Run: 8:30 a.m.

Q: What are the fees for the race?


5k Run/Walk

$49.75:  $44.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/8. 
$50.00: Race Day

Half Marathon

$69.75:  $64.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/8. 
$70.00: Race Day

Kids Races (12 & under)

$10.00: 1-Mile Rudolph Run

Q: Are there child’s rates?

A: Not for the 5K or Half Marathon. The fees are the same for all ages.

But, there is a 1-Mile Rudolph Run for kids 12 and younger.

Q: What are the Shirt Sizes?

A: The 2018 shirts are a Performance Hoodie – They are Unisex Adult sizing. No youth sizing available.


Q: Is there an age minimum or maximum?

A: No, any age can run/walk the race.

Q: Do I have to register my child who is in a stroller or just wants to run/walk with me?

A: Strollers are allowed, and you only need to register your child if they want to be timed and get all the gear.

Q: I can’t make the race; can I get a refund or transfer my bib number to my friend?

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. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Q: When and where is Packet Pick-Up?


Saturday, December 8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Castaway Bay Ballrooms (2001 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky OH)

Sunday (Race Day), December 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

  • Cedar Point Parking Lot (Under White Tents)


Q: Can I pick up my friend’s packet or have my friend pick up my packet?

A: Yes, you may pick up a friend’s packet during packet pick-up and vice versa, a friend can pick up your packet. Please bring an email confirmation ticket! 

Q: Where do I park when I come to packet pick-up?

A: You can park in at Castaway Bay free of charge.

Q: Is there race day packet pick-up available? What are the other packet pick-up options?

A: Yes.

  • Race day packet pick-up will be available this year from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
  • PPU will close exactly at 8:45 a.m. so Santa says to come early and be prepared for long lines.
  • Packet pick-up is only available on Saturday at Castaway or on Sunday at Cedar Point, there are no other options.
Q: If I have a large group can you put my group’s packets together in advance?

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.

Q: What time should I arrive for the race?

A: Please arrive early and allow plenty of time to park. Partial Road closures begin at 8:30am. 

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: The event will take place rain, shine, or snow if there are not life threatening. If the weather is threatening (lightning, storms, blizzard, extreme temperatures, etc.), we will send out emails and Facebook announcements for further information.

Q: Do you have any information on Parking?

A: Yes. There is FREE parking in the Cedar Point Parking Lot Areas.

Q: What are the Post Race Awards, Age Groups, and when will the awards be presented?

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+.

Awards Ceremony Is Back! Stay after the race to for the Santa Hustle Age Group Awards Ceremonies:

  • 5K Awards Ceremony: 10:30 AM
  • Half Marathon Awards Ceremony: 11:30 AM

If you would like your award mailed, please email us at info@santahustle.com.

Q: Will gear check be available to participants?

A: Yes, gear check will be available to all participants starting at 7:30 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.

Q: Where should I wear my timing chip?

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.

Q: Where will the after party be?

A: The after party will be at Quaker Steak and Lube. They will have food and drink specials as well as many fun activities.

Q: Does the Santa Hustle benefit any charity?

A: Yes, we are working Toys for Tots and Teen Leadership Corps.

Q: When will the Race Results be posted and where can I find them?

A: Race Results will be posted by the evening of Race Day. For results please visit our results page.

Q: Can I sponsor the race?

Email edan@themintmarketing.com for more information.

Q: Does the course run through Cedar Point?

A: All participants will run through the Cedar Point Amusement Park.

Q: Is this a USATF Certified Course?

A: No, the course will not be measured and certified by a USATF official.

Q: What is the course like? Is it hilly or flat? On trails or roads?

A: This is a mainly flat course on paved roads. However, the causeway can get relatively windy!

Q: Is there a course time limit?

A: Yes, all participants will need to keep around a 15 minute mile pace. The course will close completely at 12:30 p.m.

Q: Are headphones allowed on the course?

A: Yes, you may use headphones during the run. Just please be aware of your surroundings and others around you racing.

Q: Are strollers allowed?

A: Yes strollers are allowed, but you must start in one of the back corrals.

Q: Are walkers allowed?

A: Yes, usually around 1/3 of the participants in the 5K are solely walkers. If you walk the half marathon you must stick to a 15 minute mile pace. The course will close at 12:30 p.m.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: No.

Q: How is the starting corral set-up?

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 8:45 a.m. as the race will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

Q: How many aid/water stations will there be and where?

A: There will be 6 aid/water stations, 1 cookie station and 1 candy station. Please see the course maps for exact locations. There will be portable restrooms at each water station

Q: What are your different volunteer options?

A: Please visit our volunteer page for a list of volunteer descriptions. We need volunteers for packet pickup Saturday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Castaway Bay. We also need volunteers race day at Castaway Bay from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Q: What do I get for volunteering?

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 and after party at Castaway Bay!

Q: Can you sign off on my volunteer hours?

A: Yes, anyone who needs us to sign off on hours or write volunteer letters we are more than happy to help.

Q: Where do you typically need the most volunteers?

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 volunteer@santahustle.com to sign up!

Q: If I volunteer at the race can I get a free entry?

A: No. We appreciate your support, however, we do not allow volunteers to run the race for free.