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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 9, 2018 at The Wilderness Resort.

All 5K  & Half Marathon Santa lovers will receive:

  • Santa hat & beard
  • Performance Hoodie
  • 5K or Half Finisher Medal

Add on the Santa Hustle Mrs. Claus Package! Package Includes:

  • Red Tutu
  • Arm Warmers
  • Candy Candy Socks
  • Two Face Tattoos

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

Entry Fees

5k Run/Walk $49.75:  $44.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/8.  $60.00: Race Day Half Marathon $69.75:  $64.75 – PRICE EXTENDED through 12/8.  $80.00: Race Day

Date & Time

Sunday, December 9, 2018 Half Marathon Race start: 7:30 A.M. 5k Race Start: Approx. 7:45 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

The 2018 Santa Hustle® Smokies is proud to be  partnering with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful to ensure our only footprint left behind is that of yours running!  Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, will not only help ensure the Santa Hustle® is litter free, but is on hand to help collect all the recyclables!
Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, serves to protect the Tennessee River and it’s watershed.

Packet pickup

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

  • Saturday, December 8 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.
  • 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.

2018 Santa Hustle® Swag
Santa Hustle Free Gifts
All 5K & Half Marathon participants will receive:

  • Santa Hat
  • Santa Beard
  • Performance Hoodie
  • Finisher Medal


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

  • 5K Awards Ceremony: 9:00 AM
  • Half Marathon Awards Ceremony: 10:00 AM

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.

If you do not stay for the awards ceremony and want your award shipped to you, you must pay a shipping fee. Please look for a post-race email on how to submit for your award.

All Finishers will receive either a 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. The course is on a very busy road and we cannot allow strollers or dogs for safety reasons. 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: Fax: 847-829-4577 Mail: 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. Refunds will not be issued based on weather conditions. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.