Santa Run

Run Run Rudolph, Santa’s gotta make it to town…

The only difference is your reindeer didn’t show up on time so you have to run as Santa around the Capitol Building! You can’t exactly take the freeway down but you can still have an AMAZING time running a 5k around the Capitol with hundreds of other Santa Claus’!

Registration for the 2021 Santa Run is open NOW! Registration fees:

  • Early Registration with Early Bird Pricing (October 1-October 31): $30
  • Registration with General Pricing (November 1-December 21): $35
  • Race Day Pricing (12/11 In-Person Registration): $40
  • Register online or via mail-in registration NOW!
  • All net proceeds go to benefit RADD (Runner’s Against Destructive Decisions) – learn more about the great work RADD does here.  

How it Works:

What is the Santa Run? The Santa Run is organized on behalf of RADD (Runners Against Destructive Decisions) by “The Santa Run,” a 501(c)(3) charity, as an event to raise awareness of addiction issues in our community. RADD is a running group formed with the specific goal of helping people recovering from addictions. RADD provides a healthy lifestyle alternative for those in recovery and their families. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, RADD has been running three days a week since April 2014. RADD also helps support a juvenile running program, Team Kaizen, that runs every Monday evening and is mentored by PCAND (Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota),

It only costs WHAT???

  • Early Registration with Early Bird Pricing (October 1-October 31): $30
  • Registration with General Pricing (November 1-December 10): $35
  • Race Day Pricing (12/11 In-Person Registration): $40
  • Register online or via mail-in registration starting October 1!
  • All net proceeds go to benefit RADD (Runner’s Against Destructive Decisions) – learn more about the great work RADD does here.  

What does the race timeline look like? Race day is Saturday, December 11. The pre-race ceremony begins at 9:45 AM while the ​Santa Run 5K kicks off at 10:00 AM. Want to run a more comfortable, shorter distance? Run the Cool Mile, starting at 10:10 AM.

What is the Santa Run 5K?

  • Everyone 13 and older runs or walks a 5K in a Santa suit (included in your race packet) on the State Capitol Grounds on Saturday, December 11 at 10 AM.
  • Races will be self-timed. An electronic clock will be available.
  • Warm post-race refreshments and treats will be provided after the race.
  • For a detailed description and map of the Santa Run 5K race course, click here.

What is the Cool Mile?

  • Don’t feel up to running a 5K, but might be more comfortable participating in a shorter distance?
  • The Santa Run gives runners the option to run or walk the “Cool Mile” race while still receiving the full race swag packet!
  • Races will be self-timed. An electronic clock will be available.
  • Warm post-race refreshments and treats will be provided after the race.
  • For a detailed description and map of the Cool Mile race course, click here.

What do I receive in my registration?

  • Race Swag
    • Santa Suit
      • Note: Santa Suits guaranteed to the first 1,000 registrants of all races. Plus sized Santa Suits available upon request. 
    • Finisher’s Medal
    • A special Santa Run surprise! 
  • Invitation to Friday, December 10 Concert: “Stories, Music, Journeys” featuring: 
    • Ben Shirley from Skid Row Marathon. You can learn about him here.
    • Bismarck Symphony Director Beverly Everett. You can learn about her here.

You’re telling me I can win prizes too?!

  • The Santa Run Photo Contest!
    • Prizes will be given to individuals in the following categories: 
      • Most Fun Photo or Video
      • Most Unique Route/Scenery Photo or Video
      • Best Group Photo or Video
    • Submit a photo or video from any/all categories on Facebook or Instagram (@bismarcksantarun) or through email at info@bismarcksantarun.com
    • Make sure to wear your Santa suit when running to be eligible!
    • Note: In submitting a selfie, photo, or video, you agree to allow The Bismarck Santa Run to share your picture on The Bismarck Santa website or other Bismarck Santa Run social media sites.  
    • Winners will be announced on January 1 via the Santa Run Facebook page.
  • The 50-State Challenge Winner!
    • Spread the holiday joy by getting your family and friends to participate in the virtual Santa Run!
    • The person who recruits the most runners from OUT-OF-STATE will receive a prize.
    • How to enter: have the runners you recruit enter your name at registration in the box that reads “If Applicable, Please List The Name Of The Person Who Recruited You For The 50-State Challenge.”

This is awesome, but where do I sign up? You can sign up for this awesome event here!


Need to Know Information:

Packet Pickup. Packets will be available for pick up at the Larks Front Office (201 W Front Ave) from November 30 – December 10 at 5 PM. If you are unavailable to pick up your race packet, we can ship it to you. When you register please scroll down to “Shipping” and select the number of race swag packages you need to be shipped. Each package will be shipped for a fee of $10.

​Parking. Runners are asked to park in the east parking lot of the Highway Department Building.

Restrooms. There are restrooms are available to the general public in the Heritage Center.

Other Info. The Santa Run 5K & Cool Mile will start and finish on the road near the east entrance to the Heritage Center. Every runner 13 and older will run in a Santa suit. Runners 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

How to Submit Your Results: ​
If you want your finish time reported on the Santa Run website, record your race time on your favorite running app (Strava, Map My Run, Run Keeper, etc) or manually. Email your race completion time to info@bismarcksantarun.com before 11:59 pm on December 25th. Include your first and last name, run date, race completed (5K or 1 Mile), and race completion time.