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Come out in your Christmas gear for a fun race event!
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1510 W. Omaha St.
Founders Park
Rapid City, SD US 57701


"Oh what fun~ it is to ride in a one horse open..." wait, what month is it?  It's July!  That means Santa is on VACAY!  Come on out and join us at Founders Park in Rapid City for Christmas in July 5K/10K/Half Marathon!   We've got an awesome shirt & medals that are Santa approved!  We'll be running down the paved trail along the river, starting and finishing in Founders Park...So it's pretty flat!


Presenting Partner/Sponsor



Christmas in July 5K/10K/Half Marathon is now accepting Partners/Sponsors. Contact Meredith for more information about Partnerships.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Event Beneficiary

"Be A Zac"

A mission to recognize the memory of Zachary Scott Funderburk though wrestling scholarships to accredited universities for deserving student-athletes.

Zachary was born on August 13, 1996 to Wallace Funderburk and Ashlie Walpole Kyle. On March 22, 2024, at the youthful age of 27, Zac’s life, along with his qualities of love and service, was taken from us.

Zac was a 2X Louisiana High School State Champion wrestler, 1X Greco-Roman State Champion wrestler, and a four-year collegiate wrestler at Briar Cliff University in Souix City, Iowa. While at Briar Cliff University, he was the 2018-19 GPAC Champion at 149#, named First Team All-GPAC, and was a National Championship Qualifier (just one match short of NAIA All-American status). After college, Zac’s dream of serving his country in the US Marine Corps was cut short due to a back injury that occurred while in Officer Candidate School. It was then that Zac found his calling as a Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Agent, but still he continued his love for the sport of wrestling by coaching youth & high school wrestlers around Bossier Parish.

The purpose of the “Be A Zac” Foundation is to raise funds to grant scholarships to those who wish to continue the sport of wrestling in college and who otherwise possess the “Zac” qualities of love, family & friends, service to others, and dedication to personal endeavors.


Early Bird (ends 4/9)

  • 5K:  $30
  • 10K:  $35
  • Half:  $45
  • Virtual:  $35

Regular (ends 7/8)

  • 5K:  $35
  • 10K:  $40
  • Half:  $50
  • Virtual:  $35

Last Minute (ends 7/13)

  • 5K:  $37.50
  • 10K:  $42.50
  • Half:  $52.50

Race Day

  • 5K:  $40
  • 10K:  $45
  • Half:  $55

*Awesome race shirt guaranteed in your size with registration until 7/4/24.  Afterwards, they'll be while supplies last.


Can't make it out to the event site on race day?

Still want to participate or support the cause and have a shot at an award? or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"  Then the virtual race is for you.  Run when & where you want, just submit your time by end of Race Day.  We'll ship out virtual packages the Monday after event date! *Shipping available for continental US only.

New to Virtual Running?  Here's how it works:

Step 1

Get excited, grab some friends and buddies to join you!  Sign up and register for the Christmas 5K in July Virtual!

Step 2

Download your Custom Digital Bib!  Hydrate, grab your buddy (or not), and get ready to get moving!

Step 3

Get out there and run or walk! You can run at the park, your favorite route in your neighborhood; anywhere you want.   Please remember to be safe!

Step 4


Share your distance, a selfie, or a picture along your race route and use the hashtag #Christmas5kinJuly

Step 5

Submit your results directly on

You can submit your race time HERE on the Virtual Results page anytime anytime until end of race day.

Step 6

View your Virtual Results HERE Monday after the Event Date.




Awards as follows: 

  • Top 3 Overall Male & Female
  • Top 3 Overall Masters (40+)
  • Top 3 Overall Grand Master (50+)
  • Top 3 Overall Senior Master (60+)
  • Top 3 in each age group (10 & under - 80+)

All regular participants registered by 7/4 are guaranteed a great race shirt!


We're running along the river, so it's going to be pretty Flat & Fast!  The Start & Finish will be in Founders Park, then we're headed onto the paved river trail.  


Running is more F-U-N together, even if we're far apart! 

Grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors or family and participate as a TEAM.  Your TEAM can be local or across the states; virtual participants will have their shirts shipped!  Teams of 5 or more receive discounts off their registration, discounts below.

  • 5+:  $2.50 off
  • 11+:  $3.75 off
  • 21+:  $5 off
  • 51+:  $6.25 off
  • 100+:  $7.50 off


Our events are designed to be fun for the entire family. With that in mind; any competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike
conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds and will be disqualified.

All registrations are final. There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.

Event will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, we will cancel for the safety of the participants...there are no refunds in this case.

Participants that do not show up to race/event forfeit their right to any swag.

No COVID-19 Refunds.  If unforeseen circumstances arise due to COVID-19, including any Federal or State Health Emergency, refunds will not be provided.  The event will go 100% Virtual & shirts will be shipped to participants.


All participants will automatically qualify for (1) FREE entry into one of the 2024 Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trots. See event website

Top finishers will also have the opportunity to earn a spot in the Championships held in January 2025. The number of spots available is based on the total registration...see event website


July 4

  • Last day to register to GUARANTEE your shirt size

July 14

  • 7:00 AM - Check-in & Race Day registration Opens
  • 8:00 AM - Races Start


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