Santa's Showdown

Santa's Showdown 5K
December 05, 2020
9:00 AM

The second Santa’s Showdown will take place on Saturday, December 5 at Recreation Park in East Asheville.  This unique 5K will pit runners representing Elves and Reindeer against each other to establish North Pole supremacy for the coming year.

Thank you for an amazing turnout at our inaugural event.  We thank all of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and Santa for braving the cold and wet conditions.  It look like the Reindeer have the bragging rights at the North Pole for the next year as their average time (36:20) was faster than the Elves (37:43).  We look forward to a rematch next year.  In the meantime, results are posted below.  Happy Holidays Everyone!

Santa's Showdown 5KRegistration

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Entry Fees

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The 5K course will start and finish at Recreation Park in East Asheville and feature a fast out-and-back on Azalea Road past the JBL Soccer complex and under the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Course Map/Elevation Chart


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Elves & Reindeers

All participants will randomly designated as either an Elf or Reindeer.  Due to the complicated nature of this process and timing it correctly, switches will not be allowed.


Upon the finish of the 5K, please enjoy water, snacks, and hot drinks and soups from event sponsors.  The Awards Ceremony will take place at approximately 10:15 AM as part of the Post Race Celebration.


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This will be a bib timed race.  Please make sure your race bib is on your front so we can see when you cross the finish line.


2019 Combined Results

2019 Elf Results

2019 Reindeer Results


There is ample parking behind and on the west side of the Recreation Park pool, however, because of another event at the WNC Nature Center that morning, we request you carpool or ride-share if possible.


The IFB Solutions has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods.

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 5 days days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 5 days days before the event, if the event is sold out.

Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received.

Discount codes can be used to register for the 2021 event.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through December 9 by completing and submitting this Transfer Form. This is the only way transfers or the selling of bibs between participants will be allowed. Anyone who is discovered to have purchased or accepted another person’s bib without submitting this form will be disqualified and banned from future races.


Volunteers are needed for Set-Up, Course Marshals, Aid Station, Food & Drink and Take-Down.  This event will not happen without a great group of volunteers.  To be one, email Emily Lancucki at


Please email general event questions to or click HERE for the IFB Solutions Event Page