Nutcracker 5K - Hilton Head Island

November 6, 2021 Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 US Directions
Hi Nutcrackers - The 2020 Nutcracker 5K has been canceled due to Covid-19 - please do not register - we will post a 2021 date ASAP.
2020 Nutcracker 5K Cancelled and re-scheduled for 2021

New Date: November 6, 2021

Hi Nutcrackers - We received the bad news today from the Town of Hilton Head that review of special event permits are suspended through November 1 due to Covid-19 - effectively canceling all events through December. Please review your options below and let us know what is best for you.

We are disappointed we won't be running with you in a tutu this year. But we will be back next year with bigger, better, and faster tutu's - be ready!

Thank you. Alfred Olivetti

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the 2021 race date of November 6, 2021. We look forward to having you join us. Thanks for your patience!

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

We understand. We hope you can join us next time.

Java Burrito Co. - 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Suite J6
Hilton Head Island, SC US 29928

The Nutracker 5K - Presented by Horizon Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
Saturday - November 7, 2020

Kick off the Holiday Season with the Nutcracker 5K on Hilton Head Island. We've got the race, we've got the post race party, we've got the Nutcracker dancers and characters, and we've got the race swag. Come run, walk, play, dance ... and, celebrate the holiday spirit. The event benefits the Deep Well Project of Hilton Head - so, bring a toy and be included in drawings for special prizes. The 5K run / walk event promises to be great time for ages. This event will challenge the participants to a 5K run / walk, serve as a toy drive for the Deep Well Project of Hilton Head, and show off the Hilton Head Dance Theatre's dancers and playful characters. We guarantee this community event will fill your legs and hearts with joy.


  1. The Nutcracker Themed 5K - think Nutcracker Ballet - dancers, characters, music ... the Hilton Head Dance Theatre will be performing at the start / finish and on the course. Come ready to run, walk, play, dance - celebrate!
  2. Race Swag - we have the best swag - every registered participant receives:
    - tutu (first 300 registered)
    - custom race t-shirt (a really cool one too!)
    - custom race bib
    - nutcracker awards will be given to the race winners
    - RFID chip timing / results
    - post race food by Java Burrito - YUMMY!
  3. Post Race Party - Java Burrito is catering the post race party - expect delicious treats at the finish. Oh yeah, there will be dancers too - the Hilton Head Dance Theatre will be performing at the finish. So, save some energy to show off your moves.
  4. Giving Back - the Deep Well Project - Hilton Head will benefit from a portion of the event's proceeds. And, we are hosting a toy drive for the Deep Well Project too - so, bring a toy (see list below) and be included in drawings for special prizes.
  5. Kids 12-Under run for only $15! and they still get all the race swag listed above.



FRIDAY - November 6
Location: Hilton Head Running Company (MAP)
4 - 6pm | Race Bib Pickup


SATURDAY - November 7
Location: Java Burrito - Hilton Head Island
7 - 7:45a | Late Registration and Race Bib Pickup
8a | Race Start
8:20a | Post Race Party Starts
9a | Awards (5K)
9:20a | Giveaways
10a | Post Race Party Ends



The Deep Well Project - "the Island's charity". Founded in 1973, the Deep Well Project has been a source of emergency assistance to the Hilton Head Island community for over 40 years. The Deep Well Project is based on islanders helping their neighbors in need — and reflects the caring community in which we live. We are proud that a portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Deep Well Project.


Toy Drive - Help us stock the Santa Shop for the holidays. Donate a toy (see toy wish list) and you will be included in our drawing for special prizes (happening after the awards ceremony). Thank You!

Need Help Deciding What Toy to Donate? See the TOY WISH LIST (pdf download) provided by the Deep Well Project for ideas.



Course - See Course Map in top navigation bar.

Description - The Nutcracker 5K is a flat and fast course on asphalt roads and leisure paths. The November race date promises ideal running temperatures - and the early morning race start promises a cool temperature will greet you at the start. Don't we always run faster in cool temps?

Start - The race starts in front of Java Burrito (Map). Runners and walkers take off on a course that utilizes Dunnagans Alley, Arrow Rd., and the leisure path behind Arrow Rd. 

Aid Station - One aid station on the course will provide water - watch out for the ballerinas!

Finish - The finish is in front of Java Burrito. The post race party will have refreshments and treats catered by Java Burrito. And, the Hilton Head Dance Theatre will be there to provide entertainment - ballerinas and dancing!



High 69 F - Low 50 F



Awards will be provided in the following divisions (Male and Female): Top 3 Overall; 12-Under; 13 - 19; 20 - 29; 30 - 39; 40 - 49; 50 - 59; 60 - 69; 70 - Over



The safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our paramount concern - and, this concern shapes our decisions regarding inclement weather. Any decisions regarding the weather will be made the morning the event. We plan on producing a great event and we will be at the race site ready to do so. Should the weather pose any threat to safety - we will postpone the start of the event until the weather clears. If the weather does not cooperate after a reasonable amount of time, we will make the decision to cancel the event. Any decision regarding rescheduling the event or entry credit to another event will be made as quickly as possible and be communicated via email to all participants.



We do not mail race shirts to registered participants that are unable to attend the event.

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