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Join us for the Santa Run Silicon Valley, benefiting Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. This 5K Run/Walk is fun for the whole family and we encourage you to dress up as your favorite holiday character or tradition.

The Santa Run Silicon Valley is produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation (SVLGF) which provides the non-profit programming for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

How to enter the Santa Run Silicon Valley

  1. 5k Santa Run

    Run 5km
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  2. Kids Reindeer Dash

    Run 0.25km

Santa Run Silicon Valley routes

Main Course

The race course winds through downtown San Jose and concludes at Christmas in the Park, where you can enjoy the festivities with Santa’s milk and cookies!


  • Dash distance categories – ages 2-3 (75 yards) , ages 4-5 year (250 yards) and ages 6-7 (250 yards).
  • Location: At the Starting Line at Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard
  • Line-Up at 2:00 pm
  • Look for the Line-Up pens for respective age groups
  • Kids must be a paid registrant to participate and space is limited
  • Kids will receive an event shirt

Festival Area

After you’ve chased the Grinch all the way to the finish line it’s time to celebrate and enjoy the festivities surrounding Christmas in the Park.

This is where you can:

Meet up with friends
Visit a wide variety of vendors*
Indulge in some post-race treats
Enjoy our post race entertainment and activities
Visit Christmas in the Park just as the holiday lights are in full illumination

Event Details

What’s Included
With all the great race swag that you’ll score at the Santa Run Silicon Valley you’ll feel like Christmas came early!

Holiday themed long sleeve tech race shirt
A finisher medal that transitions into a Christmas tree ornament
Milk and cookies at the finish line
Special gift for all Kids Fun Run participants
Photo Booths- get your picture with the Grinch or the Coca-Cola bear
Raceday Logistics
Pick up your shirt and bib for the Santa Run Silicon Valley at our Expo hosted by Sports Basement, Sunnyvale (1177 Kern Ave):

Friday, December 13 – 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 – 11:00am to 7:00pm

Join us at expo to avoid race day lines and get 20% off at Sports Basement for showing your race bib. We’ll see you there!


Pick up your shirt and bib on Race Day at the Silicon Valley Organization – 101 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113:

Sunday, – December 15 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Race Day Schedule

  • 1:00om: Race Day Packet Pick Up & Onsite Registration Opens at Silicon Valley Organization (SVO)
  • 2:00 pm: Kids Fun Run (ages 2-7)
  • 3:00 pm: 5K Run/Walk

START: Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard
FINISH: Market Street at Park Avenue
FESTIVAL SITE: Christmas in the Park on Market Street between Park and San Carlos
Kit List
If you are registering, we encourage you to wear your Santa costume

Medals and Sports Basement gift cards will be given to the top three runners in each age category. The age categories are as follows:

10-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Can I Listen To Headphones While Participating?
Yes, headphones are allowed.

Can My Dog Run With Me?
Only certified service animals are allowed on the course – please no other pets

How Many Water Stops Will There Be?
There will be a water stop halfway through the course and at the conclusion of the course

Costume Contest

Participants will be judged in the following categories:

Best Santa
Best Sleigh (Creatively decorate your wagon, stroller, baby jogger)
Best Group
Must be a registered Santa Run registrant to participate

    Santa Run Silicon Valley weather forecast

    Clear throughout the day.

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    Meet the organiser

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    The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. Over the past years, municipal funding for Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice were eliminated. A call out to the SVLGF was made and the Santa Run Silicon Valley was born to raise funds for these two cherished holiday programs. The Santa Run Silicon Valley provides valuable monetary contributions to the programs so they can be experienced by future generations.



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