Palm Springs Marathon Runners invites you to join us for our annual SANTA PAWS 5K, a dog-loving, fun, run/walk benefitting Guide Dogs of the Desert and local dog rescues. We'd like to thank the Greater Palm Springs Lions Club for their continuing support of this event as Presenting Sponsor. We salute our friends at the GPS Lions Club for their continued mission to support the vision needs of our community as well as the goals of the Guide Dog of the Desert organization.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind 5K event where every participant can be Santa Claus! Each participant receives a 5-piece Santa suit that can be worn during the event and is then yours for keeps! This includes a jacket, pants, belt, hat and beard.
All participants run, walk or stroll the 5K (3.1mile) route. Strollers and doggies are welcome!
Following the 5K, we offer a 200 meter Kris Kringle Dash for children 10 and under. Entry for the kids' event is $15 and includes a child sized Santa Suit, finisher medal and Ben and Jerry's ice cream certificate.
Everyone is welcome! Runners, walkers, strollers, doggies - come one - come all for a great morning filled with holiday cheer and lots of Ho! Ho! Ho's! Out of town that day? Sign up as a virtual runner and we will mail you your complete outfit and you can race with us from anywhere on the globe! (even the North Pole)
**Registration is limited and so don't wait! Early registration is $40.00 through December 14th. Registration at packet pick-up (December 15th & December 16th) and race day, if available, is $45.
Come Join Us!
Get into the Christmas Spirit and help support Guide Dogs of the Desert, a 501c3 charity that provides trained guide dogs at no cost for the blind and sight impaired as well as assistance dogs for those with seizures, Autism or PTSD as well as our local selected rescues...Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Animal Samaritans and Luna Siberian Husky Rescue
Follow a fast and flat course (well, mostly flat...there is one little hill..but then the downhill to the finish is awesome) beginning in the Temple Isaiah parking lot at 332 West Alejo, Palm Springs and following a quiet and scenic route through the iconic Las Palmas neighborhood.
Location: Ruth Hardy Park parking lot at 700 Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs 92262
Dates: Thursday, December 15th from 11AM-4PM and Friday, December 16th from 11AM - 4PM
We will be located under the white tent in the parking lot on the Tamarisk side of the park.
Packet pick up and late registration ($45) will also be available race morning at the race site (332 W. Alejo, Palm Springs), beginning at 7:30AM.
Beautiful finisher medals with sublimated ribbons are presented to all registered 5K participants. Division awards will be given 3-deep in 5 year age groups from 10 and under to 90+. Over-all men and women, challenged athletes, strollers, team and doggie division 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophies will be given.
Race Goodies Include...
Santa Suit, tech t-shirt, finisher medal, souvenir finish line photo download, posed Santa download and milk and cookies presented to all registered participants!
All 5K participants will also receive a beautiful Santa Paws tech quality T-shirt along with the 5-piece Santa Suit
Race Day Parking
Plenty of free parking is available on the streets east of the venue as well as a public lot on Alejo just west of Palm Canyon.
Kri Kringle Dash
Children 10 and under may enter the KRIS KRINGLE Dash for $15. Dash participants receive a child sized Santa Suit, finisher medal and special treat.
Not going to be in town on race day? No worries-you can run from anywhere in the world! For a $50 entry fee, we will mail you your Santa Suit, tech t-shirt and finisher medal. If you record your finish time on your Garmin or any GPS technology and send it to us, you will be eligible from an age group award as well. Register early and make this a Christmas gift to yourself! We will mail your suit and goodies to your home!
Talk to the REAL Santa
Each year, we have short wave reception so that you and your youngsters can talk directly to Santa in the North Pole. Face painting and other activities will also add to the festivities.
Feel free to contact Molly Thorpe, Certified Race Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 413-6508 (you can also use the links in Contact Details section above) with any race-related questions.