Southern California’s most popular Holiday Run is BACK and for those of you not in SoCal, we still have the virtual option.

6:30 AM Packet Pickup
7:30 AM Santa Arrives 
8:30 AM Kids 1 Mile 
9:00 AM 5K
10:00 AM Costume Contest and Overall Awards

You can run the in-person event on December 11th at the University of California/Irvine(UCI) or run the virtual edition anywhere you want during the month of December! It’s not just in the OC, it’s NATIONWIDE!  International shipping available at checkout.

Virtual Runners: Run anywhere you want, at anytime, and you will receive a swag bag at your doorstep – includes a commemorative 2021 Santa medal, stocking, and a Santa Hat and Beard! The virtual run is a 5K walk or run, and you can complete the run anytime during the month of December!



Prices remain the same for the 1 mile and 5K. This allows parents to run with their children and choose preferred distance.  All race goodies are included in the registration fee. 


Santa hat and beard, medal, and other race goodies will be shipped directly to you!

Be sure to use your current mailing address during registration.

Shipping will begin December 1st.


Mail- in registration forms are not available. There are NO REFUNDS of any registration fees. 


 The 2021 event takes place December 11th at UCI Campus.

The Virtual Run can take place any time in the month of December.


Costume Contest

To enter the Costume Contest, dress up in your favorite holiday outfit and meet at the awards area!

Share your race day attire by using #RunForaClause  and tag @RunForaClaus on Facebook or Instagram

Age Group Awards


The Run for A Claus 5K or 1 Mile allows runners to run, walk or skip anytime during the  month of December!

Where to run: Anywhere you can feel safe and have the most FUN. Neighborhoods, parks, and running paths are great for creating your own course! Remember to be conscious about social distancing!

What to do after running: Snap pictures of how you made your course FUN!

(Big smiles, awesome costumes, good company?)

We want to see! Tag us on social media by mentioning @Runforaclaus @OCMarathon and use #Runforaclaus for a chance to be featured!

 Finally, SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS and download your finisher certificate.