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Santa Hustle North Carolina FAQ

Q: Why should I run Santa Hustle North Carolina 5k & Half Marathon?

A: Because it is the most magical time of the year. So, come experience the magic of the Santa Hustle® on Saturday, December 22, 2018!

Q: Where do I register at?

A: Click here to register.

Q: What are the times of the race?

A: The race begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp for the half marathon and 8:15 a.m. for the 5K.

Q: What are the fees for the race?


5k Run/Walk

$49.75:  $44.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/21
$50.00: Race Day

Half Marathon

$69.75:  $64.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/21
$70.00: Race Day

Q: Are there child’s rates?

A: No

Q: What are the Shirt Sizes?

A: The 2018 Shirts are a Performance Hoodie. Sizes are adult unisex XS to 3XL. No Youth Size. For the SIZING CHART: CLICK HERE.  

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?

A: Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up will be available on Friday, December 21 from 11am to 7pm at McDonalds. (505 N. Main St., Belmont, NC 28012)

Race day packet pick-up WILL BE available on Saturday 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.

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. You must bring an email confirmation ticket, or know the correct spelling of their last names.

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

A: Click here for a packet pick-up location and parking map! COMING SOON!

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 on Saturday 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.

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. The roads will begin closing at 7:30 a.m.

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: The event will take place rain, shine, or snow. However, if the weather is threatening (lightning, storms, etc.), we will have emails and FACEBOOK announcements for further information.

Q: Do you have any information on Parking?

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 will be available around the area at churches and schools. First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Belmont Middle School, Alexander Memorial Baptist, etc.

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+. There will also be an award for the top 3 males and females overall.

Awards will be presented on site at the Awards Ceremony!

  • 5K Awards Ceremony: TIME TBD
  • HALF Awards Ceremony: TIME TBD
Q: Will gear check be available to participants?

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.

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 announced shortly.

Q: Does the Santa Hustle benefit any charity?

A: Yes. Toys for Tots. The Official 2018 Santa Hustle North Carolina Charity is TBD

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 the results page.  

Q: Can I sponsor the race?

A: Yes, we have sponsorships available! Please email edan@themintmarketing.com for more information.

Q: Is this a USATF Certified Course?


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

A: TBD. 

Q: Is there a course time limit for the half marathon?

A: Yes, all participants will need to keep around a 15 minute mile pace or a 3:30 half marathon. The course will close completely at 11:30 a.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 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.

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 7:45 a.m. as the race will begin promptly at 8:00 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.

Q: What are your different volunteer options?

A: Please visit the VOLUNTEER PAGE for a list of volunteer descriptions. We need volunteers for packet pickup Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at TBD. We also need volunteers race day in Downtown Belmont from 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.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, bananas and after party!

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.