Santa's Showdown Race: Reindeer vs. Elves 2.5 Mile Race

Sun December 8 - Fri December 20 Lewisville, NC 27023 US Directions

Santa's Showdown Race: Reindeer vs. Elves

12/08 2:45PM EST - 3:15PM EST

VIRTUAL Santa's Showdown Race

12/08 - 12/20 2:45PM EST - 11:59PM EST
177 Lowes Foods Drive
Lewisville, NC US 27023
Thanks to everyone that ran the 2019 Santa Showdown! 
The Elves won a close contest with an average time of 26:19 to the Reindeer time of  26:33.
Results have been posted along with race photos and video.  See the results here: 2019 Race Results

Have you ever wondered whether the reindeer or the elves are Santa's favorite?  How about which one is faster?  Or better team players?  Join us in Lewisville, NC to run the Santa's Showdown: Reindeer vs. Elves 2.5 Mile Race and find out.

Just before the annual Lewisville Christmas Parade, Santa's reindeer and elves will lace up their running shoes to see which group will get to hang its ornament on the Christmas Tree Trophy. Half the entrants will be designated as reindeer and half the entrants will be designated as elves. At the end of the race, the total times of each group (reindeer vs. elves) will be added together.  The group with the lowest cumulative time will be declared the winner for the year and have its winning ornament placed on the Christmas Tree Trophy

Race Date and Time:  Sunday, December 8 at 2:45pm.

Registration will open July 1.

  • July 1 – 31 - $25/runner
  • August 1 – Sept 30 - $35/runner
  • Oct 1 – Nov 15 - $40/runner
  • Nov 16 – Dec 8 - $45/runner

Website address:

  • All runners will be assigned a “role” of either reindeer or elf.  They will not know which they are until packet pick-up
  • There will be no switching roles.  It would make life very difficult on our race scorers.  Thank you for understanding.
  • All participants MUST wear their race shirt on race day (either their reindeer shirt or elf shirt) and their assigned bib.  Headgear that we provide runners (reindeer antlers and elf hat) are optional but encouraged.
  • Online registration will close at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 7.  In-person registration and packet pick-up will close on Saturday at 4:00pm.
  • Packet pick-up will be  Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 at Lowes Foods in Lewisville at 177 Lowes Food Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023. See details below.
  • There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.  Sorry, no exceptions.
  • Runners should arrive at the Lowes Foods staging area no later than 2:30pm to ensure their ability to participate in the race.
  • The race will start at 2:45pm.  There is a 30-minute time limit to get to the 2-mile mark (15-minute mile pace).  All runners MUST be at the 2-mile mark of the race by 30 minutes after the start.
  • We encourage all participants to stay and watch the Lewisville Christmas Parade after Santa’s Showdown.
  • Each runner will receive an individual time, but the awards for the race will go to a group—either the reindeer or the elves.  The group with the lowest average time for the 2.5-mile distance will have an ornament put on the Christmas Tree Trophy.  (The elves won the inaugural race.)
  • The only individual awards that will be distributed are top male/female reindeer and top male/female elf.  But don’t fret, every race finisher will receive a small award/gift that Santa has designed himself.
  • The Lewisville Christmas Parade will begin at approximately 3:15pm. 
  • Parking information coming soon.

Running Santa's Showdown Race helps raise awareness and funds for IFB Solutions and the Lewisville Civic Club.  IFB Solutions supports activities and training that bolster confidence, support independence and increase the life and job skills of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Lewisville Civic Club organizes events to improve community life and generally make the Lewisville community a good place to live and raise a family.

To donate directly to IFB Solutions on our secure website, please click here:

Information subject to change.   Updated 6.24.2019.

Packet Pick-up

Packet/T-shirt pick-up will be at Lowes Foods in Lewisville at 177 Lowes Food Drive, Lewisville, NC
Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and
Sunday, December 8 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm right before the race.

Online registration will close at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 7. In-person registration and packet pick-up at Lowes will close on Saturday at 4:00pm.

There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.  Sorry, no exceptions.

Race Contact Info

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Race Website

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Race Course

The race will begin on Shallowford Road near the starting point of the Lewisville Christmas Parade.  Runners will run along the parade route on Shallowford Road in front of thousands of spectators waiting for the Christmas parade.  Runners will turn right on on Shallowford at the roundabout, then right on Belnette Drive, followed by a left on Great Wagon Road, then a quick right back onto Belnette Drive to loop back to Shallowford and run back up the main parade route.  At mile 2 (near the race start line), runners turn left on Lewisville Vienna Road, then right on Jennings road to reach the finish line in the Lowes Foods parking lot. 

(Map to follow soon.)


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