Updated for 2017 Event
Early Bib Pick Up/Registration
Half-Moon Outfitters, 1420 Laurens Road
Dec. 15, 2PM-6:30PM
Bib Pick Up/Registration
BSWA Concourse, Clemson Entrance
Holiday Costume Contest
5K Race Start
BSWA Clemson University Plaza
Post Race Activities
Finish Line on McBee Avenue
Awards Booth
Finish Line on McBee Avenue


Start Line

The start line is adjacent to the event venue at the Clemson University Entrance to the BSWA. There is limited free parking on the north side of the arena, accessed via Church Street. A large parking garage with pay parking is on the east side of the arena. Parking for hundreds of vehicles is available in the Liberty Square garages located on Beattie Place, 1 block east of Church Street. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO ENJOY OUR PRE-RACE ACTIVITIES AND AVOID THE HASSLE OF HUNTING FOR PARKING.


Finish Line & Return to BSWA

Updated for 2017 Event


The finish line on McBee Avenue is on the west side of the Church Street bridge, just down from American Roadside Burgers. Post race activities including refreshments and awards will take place under the bridge, protected from the weather. There is no need to return to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, but the route is shown here to lead you back in case you parked at or near the arena.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated for 2017 Event


How do I register?

All registration is online at and You may register with credit card, cash or check at Friday packet pick up. You may also register on race day but we only accept cash or check. Sorry, there is no mail-in registration.

What do I receive with my race entry?

Registrants who signed up for the “No Suit” option will get a race packet and bib. Registrants who signed up for the “With Suit” option will receive a packet, bib, and Santa suit complete with pants, jacket, belt, hat and beard (one size fits all) . All finishers will get a souvenir Santa Run photo mug, 2016 edition!

Can I get a refund, deferral, or transfer my entry?

If you are unable to participate, you may give your race number to another person. We do not give refunds or deferrals (rain checks).

Can I register on race day?

Yes, you may register on race day, but we strongly recommend registering early for the best price and to be guaranteed a Santa suit.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, for groups of 15 or more. Please contact the race director for instructions.

How do I sign up as Corporate Shield participant?

Sorry but currently the Santa Run is not a Corporate Shield event. We’re working on it!


When will results be posted?

The results will be available at the AWARDS BOOTH at the finish line on McBee Avenue. Official results will be posted ON THIS WEBSITE as soon as they become available.

Who do I contact with questions about the results?

Please check the official results once they are posted on this website. Often, the mistakes have been corrected by then. If a problem still exists, contact the race timing company (contact information will be shown on the results page).

When will the awards be given out?

Overall, Masters, Grandmasters and Age Group awards will be given out at the AWARDS BOOTH at the finish line on McBee Avenue. There will not be a formal awards ceremony. Please check in at the AWARDS BOOTH to learn your placement in the race and pick up your award.

Are awards based on GUN TIME or CHIP TIME?

All awards are determined by GUN TIME.

Do you offer prize money?

Sorry, we don’t offer prize money but we have cool souvenirs and awards.


Where can I see a map of the course?

The course map is shown on the Course page on this website.

Is the course hilly?

The new downtown 5K course is mildly hilly. There are less hills than the previously used route through Cleveland Park, and we no longer have the hill on Cleveland Street.

Are there any restrooms on the course?

There are plenty of restrooms at the BSWA at the start, and portable toilets at the finish. Restrooms facilities are available at the Kroc Center near the SRT and there are public restrooms on the River Walk.

Do you have water stops?

On account of the expected chilly weather, we will not have a water stop mid-course. Water and hot chocolate will be given out at the finish.


What's going on after the race?

Post race activities include refreshments and awards at the finish line. There will also be vendors set up to display their wares and offer you special deals. The landscaped area under the Church Street bridge will keep us dry if the sky decides to fall.

When and where is the Kids Run?

Sorry, we don’t have a Kids Run per se, but our post race activities are for kids from “1 to 92”.


What happens if you have to cancel the event?

If we have to cancel the event due to severe weather, emergencies, or other safety issues, we will not give refunds but will offer discounts for next year’s race. Santa suits will be given out to all registrants who ordered them, or put at a location where registrants can pick them up at their convenience.

Can I participate with a baby jogger or stroller?

Yes. Running with a baby jogger or walking with a baby stroller is allowed. Please start toward the back and yield the right-of-way to faster runners.

Can I run with my dog?

YES! Dogs are allowed in the plaza, but not inside the building. This year we’re introducing the DOGGY COSTUME CONTEST with a delicious YULE BONE as the grand prize!

Where can I pick up my unclaimed suit, souvenir or award?

Unclaimed suits, souvenirs and awards will be taken to Run In at 1942 Augusta Street. They will be available for you to pick up starting on Wednesday morning (Dec 21), and will be kept on the premises for around six weeks. Later they will disappear to the backroom at GTC headquarters, the donation box at Goodwill, or the huge junk pile at the race director’s house. Sorry, we don’t mail out leftover suits, souvenirs or awards.



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