RACE SCHEDULE AND INSTRUCTIONS
NOTE: There will be no race day registration on Friday on Saturday.
Friday, December 6
12:30-5:00PM Packet Pickup at the Bethlehem YMCA, 430 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Saturday, December 7
7-8:30AM Packet Pick-Up- Bethlehem YMCA , 430 E. Broad Street.
8:50AM Proceed to the Start Line (Don’t wait to be called. Make your way to the Start early)
8:55AM ALL 5K Run/Walk Participants at Start Line for Announcements
9:00AM 5K Run, 5K Walk and Girls on the Run Start
9:05AM All 5M Start Participants at Start Line for Announcements
9:10AM 5M Start
After the race, enjoy refreshments inside the YMCA and use the YMCA shower facilities if you wish (bring a lock). Results will be posted on ChristmasCityRaces.com after the race.
You must be able to complete your event in 1 hour. The slowest 5-milers may be prohibited from running the Fahy Bridge if the Bethlehem Police determine you are taking too long. You must follow police and FCA volunteer instructions. (5-Milers: we will not be utilizing the Fahy Bridge again in 2018- See Race Details page for course change)
B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Bag to Packet Pickup. We will not be providing bags to put your shirt, bib, pins and goodies in. Bring a paper/plastic bag to put your items in. (Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle)
PACKET PICKUP DETAILS (unclaimed items after packet pickup times are given to volunteers, donated to charity and given to police officers)
Friday, 12/8 packet pick-up is available and encouraged. Friday packet pick-up is at the YMCA Bethlehem. 430 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 from 12:30PM – 5PM. On Friday 12/8, you may pick up for other runners as long as you have spoken to them about it first. Bring a paper/plastic bag to collect items for each runner you pick up for.
Saturday pickup is at the YMCA, 430 E. Broad St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 from 7AM-8:30AM.
Arrive early to find parking on Saturday. All runners at the Start by 8:55AM! You may want to consider parking in the Walnut St garage at N. New St and Walnut St. (about .6 miles from the YMCA) or many of the lots and side streets near the YMCA. The Sands Casino parking garage is about 1 mile across the Minsi Trail Bridge.
Race Courses- The 5K will start promptly at 9AM. The 5-Miler about 9:08AM. Be sure to follow the signs and volunteers so you stay on the right course. The 5K does NOT run through downtown Bethlehem. The 5 Miler does run down Main St through town. See the course info on the Race Details page.
Roads are open so use caution. Be on the lookout for ice patches on roads especially around the water stop.
Bibs must be worn on the FRONT so you can be properly directed by course volunteers. Timed runners will have a chip affixed to the back of their bib. Do not remove this chip or you will not be timed and will be ineligible for any awards.
Restrooms, showers and lockers (bring a lock) are available at the YMCA. Also, port-o-johns are available at the Start/Finish area.
Water Stop is at the Sand Island turnaround point.
Enjoy the refreshments and YMCA facilities after the race and head out at your convenience when you are ready. We will post all race results including overall and age group winners online once we have the results from the timing company. ChristmasCityRaces.com
Costume Contest is informal. We will be observing and choose winners based on originality and effort. You must be able to run in your costume. Winners names are posted on Facebook sometime after the race.
Dress Warm, Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Race!!! Dress Festively!
Weather related updates, if necessary, will be posted on the website and Facebook.