Weekend Getaway for Dec. 11


WHAT: Santa Runs Tacoma offers half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races, and a shorter run (1 kilometer) for kids. Even dogs (on short leashes) are welcome to participate. Participants are encouraged to run in holiday costumes; there will be a costume contest as part of the festivities. Santa usually runs the race to get in shape for his Christmas Eve workload. Catch him if you can.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: The race starts at the corner of A and 10th streets in downtown Tacoma. Expect limited access to Dock Street and Ruston Way from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

GETTING THERE: From Interstate 5, take Exit 133 to I-705. Take the 21st Street exit and turn left. Turn right on Pacific Avenue, then continue to 10th Street and look for parking on the road or in area parking garages.

HISTORY: This is the sixth year for Santa Runs Tacoma, an event organized by the Tacoma City Marathon Association. This is the first year for the 10K and half-marathon distances.

COST: $90 for the half-marathon, $45 for the 10K, $37 for the 5K and $12.50 for the 1K kid’s race. Must register Friday (Dec. 12) 2-6 p.m. at the TCMA office, 3812 N. 26th St., Tacoma. There is no day-of-race registration.

OF NOTE: The post-race award ceremony is at 9:45 a.m. for the shorter races, and the half-marathon awards ceremony is at 10:45 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food that will be donated to the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County. The course along the Tacoma waterfront has been certified by USA Track and Field. The finish line is about .45 miles from the start.