Weekend getaway: Santa Runs Tacoma

December 17, 2010 

What: Santa Runs Tacoma offers 5- and 10-kilometer races and a 1-kilometer race for kids and even a two-runner 10-kilometer relay. Participants are encouraged to run in holiday costumes. There will be a costume contest as part of the festivities. Santa also will run.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Dock Street Landing, 535 East Dock St., Tacoma

Getting there: From Interstate 5 take Exit 133 to Interstate 705. Take the 21st Street exit and turn left. Turn right on Pacific Avenue then right on Hood Street. Turn right on South 15th Street then left on Dock Street.

History: This is the second year for the event organized by Tacoma City Marathon Association.

Cost: $35 for the 5k and 10k, $70 for the relay or $15 for the kid’s race.

Of note: All participants receive a hat and gloves and finishers of the kids run receive a toy. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food which will be donated to the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County. The top three finishers will receive $100, $75 and $50, respectively. Winners of the relay get a one-hour massage and matching Snuggies. The top 300 finishers in the 5k win a mug. The 800th finisher in the 5k wins free personal training services.

Information: santarunstacoma.com

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