SANTA PAWS 5K and Kris Kringle Dash

  • 12.17.2022 @ 10:00 AM
  • Palm Springs, California
Event Closed
On-line registration is closed, but you can sign up Thursday and Friday 11am-4pm at the packet pick-up location 700 Tamarisk, Palm Springs or race morning atthe race site at 7:30am at 332 W. Alejo, Palm Springs.
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Event Details
12 .17 .2022
starts at 10 :00 AM
ends at 12 :30 PM
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Event Information
Event Information
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

Course Info
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.
Packet Pickup
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.
Virtual Runner
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.
More Information
Feel free to contact Molly Thorpe, Certified Race Director at or (760) 413-6508 (you can also use the links in Contact Details section above) with any race-related questions.
Team Counts
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Team Registration Style
Please select a method of registration below:
   Join a Team: Pick from a list of team names on the next page and join your team.
   Create a Team: Once you create a team, participants can join your team under the "join a team" option above.
   Individual Registration: Register as an individual participant.
I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity and that I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decisions of race officials relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effect of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, lightning, high winds, and extreme cold, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Palm Springs Marathon Runners, this event, event volunteers, the Road Runners Club of America and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims of liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event of carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I am aware that the foregoing organizations assume no liability in the event of cancellation of this event for any reason and that the entry fees are not refundable. In the event of cancellation due to COVID or any other circumstances, all participants will be transferred to the virtual category. Further, I grant permission to all the foregoing to use my name and images of myself in any photographs, motion pictures, results, publications or any other print, video graphic or electronic record of this event for legitimate purposes. Race takes place rain or shine!