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5 Festive Races You Need To Sign Up For Now

We know that January is usually the month to start getting into shape and working off those Christmas pounds, but how about making a head start with your fitness plan? This December, we have not one, but five fun-filled races to get us in the festive spirit – fancy dress included of course! And the best part is, they all raise money for charity, so you know you’ll be running for a very worthy cause. So get ready, because it’s time to dust off that Santa hat and dig out those trainers!

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1. SantaCon

Although not technically a race, Christmas in Hong Kong would not be the same without a few hundred Santas meandering through town now, would it? Turning the streets of Wan Chai and Central into a sea of festive drinkers donning the classic red and white outfit, this epic annual bar crawl is the perfect way to toast to the holidays. Just make sure you have a substantial breakfast before embarking on this 12-hour-long party!

When: December 8
Where: Exact locations TBC
How much: Free
Click here for more information


2. Santa Hash

If running simply isn’t enough of a challenge for you, then take on the additional challenge of clues, symbols, and wrong turns at the annual Santa Hash. Raising money for Operation Santa Claus, this cross-country trail welcomes walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels to navigate their way to the finish line, before joining the post-hash festivities. In addition to a well-deserved buffet, Christmas raffle, and fancy dress prizes, there will be a circle of punishments (it’s a light-hearted affair, we promise) for corner-cutters and other offenders. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

When: December 9, (Registration at 2pm; Race at 3pm)
Where: Belcher Bay Park, Kennedy Town
How much: 
$50 – $80 (Free for children under 11)
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3. HOPE Worldwide Great Santa Night Run

They say “the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear”, but we reckon seeing thousands of Santas running around Hong Kong Science Park is a pretty good option too. Raising funds for the underprivileged children of Hong Kong, the HOPE Worldwide Great Santa Run welcomes families, individuals, and corporate companies to join the pack. As an added bonus, all participants will receive a complimentary Santa suit too.

When: December 13, (6.30pm)
Where: Charles K. Kao Auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park
How much: $250 – $500 ($10,000 for Organization/Corporate Team)
Click here for more information

4. WinWin Run

Win Win Run is an aptly named race because hey, running is a win-win situation. Touring the harbour town of Ma On Shan up in the New Territories, the run is a good opportunity to explore the outlying areas of Hong Kong while keeping in shape. There will also be a 2.6km course for wheelchair users too, so it’s game on for everyone.

When: December 16, (6.30am)
Where: Ma On Shan Promenade & Sports Ground
How much: $200- $300
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5. SKDCC x emoji Run for Charity

Raising funds for the Sai Kung District Community Centre’s Rural Elderly Services, the SKDCC x emoji Run is a fun, charitable race that’s perfect for the whole family. Offering a 5km and 10km route for serious racers, and a 5km non-competitive route for families, the race aims to encourage the public to embrace nature and promote a positive attitude among people of all ages – especially during Christmas time!

When: December 16, (8.30am)
Where: Pak Tam Chung P.H.A.B. Site, Sai Kung
How much: $250 – $1,500
Click here for more information

Read more! See our Race Calendar for the rest of the year and beyond.

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