The race start is adjacent to Santa Monica Beach on Barnard Way near the intersection of Ocean Park Blvd. The Christmas Run 5K and 10K will run south from Santa Monica, meander onto the scenic streets of Venice, and finish at the iconic Venice Pavilion. Join us for the finish line festival with costume contests, music, vendors, holiday inflatables and snow! Bring the whole family and celebrate the holidays with your running friends.

Please read the below information carefully as answers to many of your questions can be found here.

CHRISTMAS RUN 5K

The race will begin promptly at 7:30 AM. Runners should begin lining up for the 5K no earlier than 7:00 AM. Please position yourself according to expected race pace – faster runners at the front of the start chute, slower runners towards the back. For those that will be walking with a stroller, please pace yourself at the very back of the chute to minimize any disruption with other runners.

CHRISTMAS RUN 10K

The race will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Runners participating in the 10K should wait until the 5K race has started and cleared the start chute before lining up for the start of the 10K race. Please position yourself according to expected race pace – faster runners at the front of the start chute, slower runners towards the back. For those that will be walking with a stroller, please pace yourself at the very back of the chute to minimize any disruption with other runners.

VIRTUAL RUN

This year the virtual race option for the Santa Monica – Venice Christmas Run will expand to create a new virtual experience while keeping that traditional holiday feel! The virtual race is offered in addition to the on-site live race scheduled to take place on December 12, 2020, delivering a fun, quality experience whether you participate with us in Santa Monica – Venice or anywhere else in the world.

VIRTUAL RULES AND POLICIES

Runners and walkers can transfer from the live race to the virtual race or transfer from the virtual race to the live race any time prior to sellout. Virtual and live race finishers will receive the same benefits, including the official 2020 Santa Monica – Venice Christmas Run Finishers Medal and shirt.

Race items (shirt and medal) for virtual participants will be available for pickup on various dates at various locations around Los Angeles prior to race day. More details coming soon.

KIDS FUN RUN

The Kids Fun Run is one of the most fun parts of the Christmas Run! The Kids Run will take place at the finish line adjacent to the Venice Pavilion at 10:00AM. The Kids Fun Run starts after the 5k and 10k have finished. Participants will receive a bib number, shirt, and finisher’s medal with entry. Bibs and shirts will be available during scheduled packet pick up hours.