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Santa’s Showdown

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Santas Showdown 5K

Our third annual event will take place on Saturday, December 4 at Asheville’s Recreation Park.

Online registration will be announced soon.


December 4
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Asheville Recreation Park
65 Gashes Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28805 United States
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Race Information

Entry Fees


Packet Pickup/Late Registration



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.

There will not be an aid station on the course this year. Please plan on being self-sufficient.

Course Map/Elevation Chart

Virtual Runners: Choose your own 5K course.  In order to be included in the results, it must be exactly 3.1 miles.  Distances will be verified with the results you submit via a Strava link.

Additional Info.


Post Race



The top 10 male and female Elves and Reindeers will receive awards.


Your race bib contains a timing chip that will start when you cross the timing mat at the start line and end when you cross the finish line. Please do not crinkle your bib.

Please wear your race bib on your front so it is visible when you cross both the start and finish lines.




The principle parking area is just behind and to the west of the Recreation Park and Pool. Follow the directions of the volunteers in orange vests. Please do not park at the WNC Nature Center.

Cancellations & Transfers

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 2022 event.

This policy only applies to the Santa’s Showdown.  Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through November 29 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, Parking, Course Marshals, Food & Drink and Take-Down.  This event will not happen without a great group of volunteers.  To be one, email Emily Lancucki at elancucki@ifbsolutions.org

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com