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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 seven 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 worth cause. Time to dust off the Santa hat and dig out your trainers.

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1. SantaCon 2017

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few thousand Santas meandering through the streets of Wan Chai and Central on this epic annual bar crawl. It’s safe to say these popular drinking areas will be turning red this December 2 as a sea of festive drinkers, donning the classic red and white outfit, fill their bellies and toast to the holidays. Just make sure you have a substantial breakfast before embarking on this 12-hour long party. Cheers!

When: December 2
Where: Exact locations to be announced nearer the time
How much: Free
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2. Pink Heels Race

Put on your brightest, pinkest heels boys and girls (yes, boys too!), because it’s time to start running. With the aim of raising awareness of hereditary diseases such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer, and support cancer patients as well as their struggling families, the annual Pink Heels Race is open for all to join. There will be a total of six different categories with four fun races that require all participants to wear a minimum of 1.5 inch pink heels, and two 5km races for those who are up for a challenge around the jagged hills and paths of Stanley. Even if you’re not running the mile yourself, you can head over to Stanley on the day and show your support by adding a splash of pink to your outfit.

When: December 3, (10.30am – 4pm)
Where: Stanley Main Street
How much:
$80 – $1,000 (Quadrathlon Team Race)
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3. Charity Challenge Race

We all love a good obstacle race, and even more so when it’s for a great cause! Raising funds for the Kwong Wah Hospital Redevelopment Project, the Charity Challenge Race consists of six different obstacle points along a 2.5km course, where racers will be challenged to climb, crawl, and slide their way to the finish line. Whilst you make your way through, there will be a number of game booths, food stands, and stage performances with live music by the finishing line – plenty to keep your family and supporters entertained as they wait for your triumphant return.

When: December 10, (7.15 – 12pm)
Where: Lung Wo Road, Central
How much:
$250 – $800
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4. Santa Hash 2017


If simply running 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. You’ve been warned!

When: December 10, (Registration at 2pm; Race at 3pm)
Where: Cyberport (Exact location TBC)
How much: 
$50 – $80
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Read more! Get active with Your Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong

5. Santa’s Helpers Charity Fun Run

Gather your nearest and dearest and team up for this year’s Santa’s Helpers Charity Fun Run. Raising money for Operation Santa Claus, Suits for Success, and Free to Run, the 3k run will have you sweating it out in your Santa suit doing three laps around the Central Harbourfront event space. Don’t forget to make your way over to Tamar Park for the after party where the Best of British Festival will be happening, and knock back a few well-earned drinks at the Crown & Anchor booth.

When: December 12, (6.15pm – 9.30pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: $10,000 per team of up to 10 people
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6. 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 along the Pak Shek Kok Promenade is a pretty good option too. Raising awareness and 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 extra bonus, all participants will receive a complimentary Santa suit too.

When: December 16, (6.30pm)
Where: Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Hong Kong Science park
How much: $250 – $10,000
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Read more! Check out The Best Places to Run in Hong Kong

7. WinWin Run

Sponsored by Pocari Sweat and the promise of a tasty drink as you cross the finish line, 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 an outlying area of Hong Kong while keeping your body in shape too. There will also be a 2.6km course for wheelchair users too, so it’s game on for everyone.

When: December 24, (6.30am)
Where: Ma On Shan Promenade & Sports Ground
How much: $180 – $300
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out this Epic Trail Running Video Which Takes our Breath Away, or discover Hong Kong’s Best Festive Fairs and Markets.

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