Q: I pre-registered for the event. Do I have to attend the pre-race packet pickup?
Day of race packet pickup will be available but it will be an additional $5 this year. Once we confirm dates and times for pre-race packet pickup we will update this information.
Q: Where do I pick up my race number, timing chip, shirt, etc on the day of the event?
All those who do not pickup their packets during the two-day packet pickup may pick up their packets on the morning of the race for an additional $5. We will have full day of race schedule and details in the days to come.
Q: Where does the event take place?
The event starts and finishes at Heritage Park in Kirkland, WA. The address is 111 Waverly Way, Kirkland, WA 98033.
Q: What time does the event start?
The 5K run will begin at 9:30 am and the 12K run will begin at 9:35 am.
Q: Where should I park?
Because of the large size of the event, there is no available parking at Heritage Park. However, there is plenty of parking at Marina Park, City Hall and the Peter Kirk/library parking garage as well as on the city streets throughout downtown Kirkland. Please see our parking page for ideas.
Q: Are dogs allowed? How about strollers?
Pets are not allowed on course because of insurance reasons. Thank you for your understanding. As for strollers, yes! Please be aware of your fellow participants if they need to pass or you are passing them–always allow for enough space for you and the stroller.
Q: What forms of payment are available onsite?
Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted onsite at the day-of-event. Discount codes will only be valid during online registration.
Q: Will there be a gear check onsite at the event?
Yes. It will be located in the upper parking lot in Heritage Park. You must provide your own bags. You can either put a tag on your bag prior to arrival with your bib number on it or we will provide you with a tag and pen at Gear Check to do so.
Q: Will there be event specific bathrooms?
Yes. The event will rent 30+ sanikans that will be onsite near the start and finish line. There will also be 2 sanikans located near the first water station on the 12K course. There are also a number of parks with bathrooms located along the 12K and 5K course routes.
Q: How/where should I wear my bib number?
All bib numbers must be worn on the front of your body. Safety pins will be available at the two-day packet pickup as well as near the day-of-race registration and packet pickup area.
Q: Where is the onsite medical?
Yes, we will have a medical tent near the finish line.
Q: Will there be water stations on the course?
Yes. There will be two water stations on the 12K route with one of them also servicing the 5K. When approaching the water station, please grab the water and continue to run/walk at least 50 feet prior to slowing down to drink the water. This will help alleviate the crowding that normally occurs.
Q: Are walkers allowed?
Yes. Walkers are allowed in both the 12K and 5K events.
Q: Where and when will the awards ceremony take place? Who receives awards?
The awards ceremony will take place at 11:30am near the finish line festival area. The top 3 male and female finishers in both the 5K and the 12K will be presented their awards. We will also announce the first place finisher for each age group category.
Q: Are the streets completely closed for the event?
At some points on the course, the road in the direction of the run will be completely closed. Vehicle traffic will be allowed in the other direction. Further into the routes of both events the roads may be open for vehicles in both directions with the event routes coned on the side of the road.
Q: Will the event take place if it snows?
In 2008, the event was cancelled on the morning of the event because of snow and ice. If it snows this year, the City of Kirkland police will review the course routes on the morning of the event (or earlier) and decide on if the event should take place or not. If it is cancelled, we will (1) post an update on the www.12ksofchristmas.com site and on the 12K’s of Christmas facebook page. Be sure to check both sites.