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9th Annual SANTA PAWS 5K...

  • 5K Run/Walk:- Run 3.1 Miles
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Temple Isaiah
332 West Alejo
Palm Springs

_ The 9th Annual SANTA PAWS 5K benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert:

 Santa Paws 5K is a dog-loving fun run/walk benefitting the Guide Dogs of the Desert. The 2020 event Saturday, December 19th 8am start Each

participant receives a 5-piece Santa suit (This includes a jacket, pants, belt, hat and beard) that can be worn during the event and is then yours for keeps! 

G.P.S. Lions Club is, once again, the Title Sponsor of the SANTA PAWS 5K benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert.  We thank them for their continued support! 

All participants run, walk or stroll the 5K (3.1mile) route. Strollers and doggies are welcome! There will also be a 200 meter Elf Dash for children 10 and under. Entry for the kids' event is $10 and includes an elf hat, event button and Ben and Jerry's ice cream certificate for all participants.
Follow a fast and flat course (OK, there's one hill) beginning at Temple Isaiah 332 W. Alejo in Palm Springs and following a quiet and scenic route through local neighborhoods.
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! Too lazy to come and run? Sign up for the Scrooge category and you can hide under the covers and still support a wonderful cause! 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)
Get into the Christmas Spirit and help support the Guide Dogs of the Desert a 501c3 charity that provides guide dogs at no cost for the blind and sight impaired as well as assistance dogs for those with seizures, Autism or PTSD.

Registration is limited to 1,000 participants! Early registration is $40.00. 
Registration at packet pick-up and race day, if available, is $45. 
For your convenience, packet pick-up will be held on Thursday, December 17th from 11AM-5PM and Friday, December 18th from 11AM - 5PM at Running Wild NEW ADDRESS 180 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs. 
Packet pick up and late registration also available race morning at race site beginning at 6:30AM, $45.00.


In order to insure the safety of all of our participants, we have been consulting with representatives from both the special events department of the City of Palm Springs and the coordinator of our timing company.  We will include the following provisions to insure your safety:

  1. 1.   Please, for the safety, health and well being of all participants, remember to stay home, if you are not healthy on race day.
  2. 2.    We will be starting all races in waves of 50 runners/walkers.  The waves will be at 5 minute intervals to provide plenty of spacing for participants.
  3. 3.      Participants will be assigned to their wave based on their registration number.  Their wave number/time will be printed on the back of the race bib.
  4. 4.       We will use separate start mats and finish mats so as to eliminate any confusion over start times and finish times; thereby being able to provide accurate finish times for all participants.
  5. 5.      We will set up corrals for the wave that is starting and the next wave upcoming.  We will provide ample spacing and distancing for the health and safety of all participants.
  6. 6.      Volunteers will hold up the wave # signs so that participants know when it is their time to line up and where to stand.  We will also be announcing the current wave and upcoming wave throughout the race.
  7. 7.      Participants will receive their finisher medals as soon as they cross the finish line.
  8. 8.   People who earn age group awards/trophies will be alerted by Racewire of the official race results.  If participants prefer to not wait and pick up their age group awards, they can pick up their awards the following day at a designated, local site.
  9. 9.   We will continue to research and update race protocols so as to insure our particpants' safety.

Race Day Registration begins at 6:30 A.M.

Plenty of free parking is available!
-Finisher medals presented to all registered participants at finish line. 
Due to COVID-19 regulations, division (age group) medals and trophies will be available for pick up on Sunday, December 20th so as to not violate social distancing regulations. Division Medals are presented to first 3 men and women in each age division in 5 year increments through 90+.

-Trophies award to top 3 male and female finishers overall, challenged athletes, strollers, teams and dogs.

-Santa Suit, tech t-shirt, goodie bag, souvenir finish line photo download, posed Santa download and milk and cookies presented to all registered participants!

Event details and schedule


Late registration (if available) and race day packet pick-up begin at 6:30AM.  Plenty of free parking is available within walking distance of event site.  Wear your Santa Suit and get into the Christmas spirit.  Dress up your dog as a reindeer and bring along all the little elves, too. Those who are racing competitively may wish to wear shorts in leiu of the suit pants.

Race (run/walk) begins at 8AM and WILL BE RUN IN WAVES.  PLEASE CHECK YOUR BIB FOR YOUR WAVE NUMBER AND START TIME. Come join Emcee Jeff Stahl from KESQ NEW CHANNEL 3 who will be calling the race.  Elf Dash to follow awards ceremony at approximately 10:00.  We will make plenty of announcements so the little ones won't miss out.  

-Finisher medals presented to all registered participants at finish line. 
-Division Medals presented to first 3 men and women in each age division in 5 year increments through 90+. 

-Trophies award to top 3 male and female finishers overall, Top 10 Finishers, Challenged Athletes, Teams and Dogs.

-Santa Suit, tech t-shirt, goodie bag, souvenir finish line photo download, posed Santa download and milk and cookies presented by 7-ELEVEN and Dean Foods to all registered participants!


The Palm Springs American Legion will be on hand with their ham radio so that kids can actually talk to Santa Claus!  Stop by and say "Hi" to the big guy in red that we all know and love!

Other Info

-) 2020 race registration is open • Registration Information 


2014 Results at: racewire.com


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