Christmas in July

Fri 14th Jun 2019
Lisle Community Park C4 Field, 1825 Short St, Lisle, IL 60532, USA

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Tickets $50–$850

Oh you know, just your average Christmas themed run in the middle of summer. This mostly flat course allows participants to hit PRs in the 5k race or one of the timed events. Come for the festive medals and all-year-round good cheer. You might even earn the 100-mile belt buckle in the 24-hour event.
  • Road
  • Trails
  • Flat
  • 400 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

We would like to welcome you to the 6th Annual Christmas in July Races, which we like to call the longest summer holiday running party in the country.

Our venue is festively decorated with christmas lights, inflatables, and more and takes place in beautiful Lisle Community Park in Lisle, IL (Just 25 miles outside of Downtown Chicago, IL and easy to get to).

This is a great venue for the entire family. The kids get to run with Santa Claus and receive medals and t-shirts for their participation. Each participant receives awesome swag at the door and top notch finisher medals upon completion. We also hand out unique holiday Nutcrackers as finisher awards. We also have a costume contest for the 5K and fixed-timed events, so if you like, come prepared for that so our amazing volunteers can pick the winners.

If youre running one of our timed events, youre able to camp alongside the trail. Last year, we had 84 camping tents on the grounds and its growing every year. Most decorate their space with holiday decorations, some even bring projection TVs to entertain the kids overnight. Its a blast!

If you have any questions, at all, please contact the race staff at [email protected] and well be happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to see you in 2019!

Distances in this event

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    8:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  2. 24 Hour Solo

    Run 24h
    10:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  3. 24 Hour Relay

    Run 24h
    10:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  4. 12 Hour Solo

    Run 12h
    11:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  5. 12 Hour Relay

    Run 12h
    11:00pm Fri 14th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  6. 6 Hour Solo

    Run 6h
    12:00am Sat 15th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
  7. 6 Hour Relay

    Run 6h
    12:00am Sat 15th Jun 2019
    Tickets available
Course Maps
What’s Included

What you get:

  • Beautiful night run with Christmas lights and decorations
  • Santa Fun Run with kids receiving a t-shirt, bib, and high quality rubberized medal
  • Kids run with Santa
  • Awesome swag for runners, including t-shirt
  • Chip timed race results displayed at start/finish area for ultra timed events
  • Chip timed race results displayed at finish area for 5K
  • Kiosk to allow runners to print results immediately at anytime
  • Live tracking for ultra timed events
  • Well-stocked aid stations + meals served during timed events
  • Finisher medals
  • Nutcracker awards
  • Costume contest
  • Camping along the trail
  • Post-race snacks for 5K runners
  • 5-Year Loyalty program and awards
  • Personalized attention
  • Anyone registering after June 30th or after the on-line registration reaches its limits will not be guaranteed a shirt, a medal or any swag items. We will mark race bibs accordingly and discount each race (fun run excluded) by $10 if the event reaches its limits indicated above and shirts, medals, and swag items are not available. (This is to allow people to run the race, but maybe don’t necessarily care about the shirts, medals, or swag)

    Course Details

    The 6, 12 and 24 Hour Races

    The “1 mile” loop is actually 0.9732971994 miles (or 1.56637 KM), so get in a groove. The course will be mostly flat with some elevation change near the stage and natural amphitheater. Watch out for signs that might be for 5K runners only, but if you follow the lights/luminaries that will outline the “1-mile” loop, in addition to the numerous signs we’ll have out there, then you should NEVER get lost. Watch out for pedestrian cross traffic near the start/finish line as it might get a bit more congested. We will have signs posted, but wanted to make you aware of this. We think that you’ll quickly figure out everything once you get a few loops in.

    The 5K

    The 5K loop starts at the NW section of the Lisle High School parking lot on the east side of the school. Runners will run around the median and south out of the parking lot and turn right onto Short Street. You’ll make a left turn on Ohio Court, another left on Ohio Street, then follow that around towards the right until you reach Yackley Avenue where you’ll make a left turn onto the sidewalk and then a quick left onto the running path. You will continue on this path and reach the 5K aid station between two softball fields. You may wish to enjoy a snack followed by some liquid refreshment and then continue around until you find a bridge that cross the Easy Branch DuPage River. (WATCH OUT and don’t miss it) You will make a right-hand turn onto this bridge, but watch out for oncoming “faster” runners, maybe offer a high-five, and be on your way. Once you cross the bridge, you’ll want to turn right and follow the path around the softball and soccer fields and eventually head north. You’ll want to be extra careful crossing the parking following the signs and rounding about the northern side of it and coming back to the bridge where you will want to make a right turn, again, giving high-fives to those “slower” runners. Give some words of encouragement and make another right turn onto the path and continue up towards Short Street. Be sure to follow the signs and not cut the corners as we direct you across Short Street where police will be present directing traffic. Thank the officers, and continue on the “decorated” portion of the course and follow this around to the backside of the Lisle High School until you reach Short Street once again. Sprint it in at this point since you only have a little over 1/10th of a mile left where you’ll finish strong and be awarded with an awesome medal. The course will be well marked with signs directing you.

    Raceday Logistics

    Registration Times/Schedule

      Friday Santa Claus Fun Run – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Fri)
      5K– 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Fri)
      24-Hour – 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Fri)
      24-Hour Relay - No race day registration
      12-Hour – 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM (Fri)
      12-Hour Relay - No race day registration
      6-Hour Solo – 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM (Fri)
      6-Hour Relay – No race day registration

    Race day registrations will be on a first come, first serve basis. Some races fill up more than others. Please review the field limits and number of runners who registered online before making the trip out for race day registrations.

    Event Schedules


      3:00 PM - Friday night camping setup may begin for runners/crew
      6:00 PM - Santa Fun Run registration begins
      6:00 PM - 5K registration begins
      7:15 PM - Santa Fun Run registration ends
      7:30 PM - 5K registration ends
      7:30 PM - Santa Fun Run Start
      7:45 PM - Short Street Closure to ALL TRAFFIC
      8:00 PM - 5K Start
      8:30 PM - 24-Hour solo (no relay) registration begins
      9:00 PM - 5K Cutoff
      9:00 PM - Short Street Opened to ALL TRAFFIC
      9:30 PM - 24-Hour registration ends
      9:30 PM - 12-Hour solo (no relay) registration begins
      10:00 PM - 24-Hour solo/relay Start
      10:30 PM - 12-Hour registration ends
      10:30 PM - 6-Hour solo (no relay) registration begins
      11:00 PM - 12-Hour solo/relay Start
      11:30 PM - 6-Hour registration ends
      Midnight - 6-Hour solo/relay Start


      6:00 AM - 6-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
      11:00 AM - 12-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
      11:00 AM - Shower availability begins (Across the street at the pool - Let them know you're with our race)
      8:00 PM - Shower availability ends
      10:00 AM - Pacers allowed for 24-Hour runners
      10:00 PM - 24-Hour Cutoff / Race ends
      11:00 PM - Camping for runners/crew ends (No Saturday overnight Camping)


      12 PM - Forgotten drop bag retrieval ends


    The Christmas in July races start and finish in the parking lot of Lisle High School. Please allow significant time to get to the park. On Friday night, Chicago traffic on the various toll ways could be slow-going. It would be advised to arrive at the park at least one-hour before your race starts.

    The full address is Lisle High School, 1800 Short Street, Lisle, IL 60532

    6/12/24-Hour Runners

    You and your crew are free to park in the high school parking lot to the north and west of the high school. If the lot is full please use one of the parking lots south of Short Street near the baseball fields. Please be aware of the road closure times as you will not be able to enter or exit these parking lots. Make sure you arrive early enough.

    5K Runners

    You are free to park in one of the parking lots south of Short Street across from the Lisle High School. Please be aware of the road closure times as you will not be able to enter or exit these parking lots. Make sure you arrive early enough.

    Kit List

    Crew can set up in any area, unless it is considered a restricted area. There are plenty of grassy areas along the course.


    Crew can set up in any area, unless it is considered a restricted area. There are plenty of grassy areas along the course.


    If you would like to join the volunteer staff, we are looking for help with event setup, registration/race check-in, aid station, race lead, course sweep, and event breakdown. Volunteer perks include a race goody and R4W Race Credits. You can see current opportunities and sign up by clicking on the Volunteer button on the event website.

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