There are still a few spots open for Volunteer Registration. Click Here for volunteer opportunities. We expect that the volunteer slots will fill within a few more days so don’t delay. Volunteers receive a very cool Christmas Story Run T-Shirt.
Race proceeds benefit A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project.
Questions? Please refer to our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) at the bottom of this page.
Race runners and spectators will be treated to hot, Rich Chocolate Ovaltine, one of Ralphie’s favorite snacks, to help keep them warm during the race.
Be a part of history for the first A Christmas Story Run! 2013 is the 30th anniversary of A Christmas Story and the A Christmas Story Run is the concluding event to celebrate this classic movie. Come join us at 9:00 A.M. on December 7th as we take you back down Memory Lane to the movie set locations that made this movie famous. Dress up like Ralphie, Run in a Leg Lamp Costume or jog in the Bunny Suit that Aunt Clara gave Ralphie for Christmas! This race attracts serious runners, everyday runners and walkers alike! We are family friendly and hope to add to your Christmas spirit during the holiday season.
Bring your camera and think about what you want to tell Santa to bring you for Christmas! Hopefully a Red Ryder BB Gun!
The mission of the A Christmas Story Run is to provide a race that promotes health and fitness, stimulate the local economy and galvanize the community. These events are made possible through corporate and foundation in-kind and financial support, close partnerships between the A Christmas Story House & Museum, Speedy Feet, Forest City Enterprises and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Our Charity partner is the A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project.
Both the 5K and 10K races start in Public Square near the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino and the Terminal Tower. The 5K will run to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K will run to the House and back to Public Square. For the 5K runners, busses will be transporting you back to Public Square.
The Leg Lamp Fun Run for children and families will start and finish at Public Square.
A Christmas Story House & Museum is located at 3159 W. 11th St. Cleveland, OH 44109.
5K and 10K starts at 9:00AM in Public Square.
Leg Lamp Fun Run starts at 10:30AM in Public Square.
All participants who are at the actual event in Cleveland, OH receive:
- A stellar Leg Lamp themed long sleeved shirt.
- Free entrance to A Christmas Story House & Museum on race day (show race bib).
- Watch A Christmas Story on the Jumbotron in Public Square.
- Chip Timing so Santa knows how well you ran. He asked us to send your results to the North Pole!
- Complimentary transportation from the 5K finish area back to public square.
- Race entry automatically enters runners in the Door Prize drawing to win your very own Leg Lamp!
- Post-race food
If you are attending the actual event in Cleveland, OH
All race day amenities as shown above AND…
The Commemorative Limited Edition Race Medal
This medal is a one of a kind and is only being produced for this event. It will not be available to the public after December 7th.
Virtual Race Option:
Runners, you asked and we’re making it a reality! Thanks for having Black Bart come to the door and twist our arms into having the virtual option! Runners all across the U.S. can participate in this holiday tradition! Register with friends or sign up your local running group. Celebrate in the festivities by adding us to your running group Christmas celebration! Run the 5K or 10K distance on December 7th and have a potluck while watching A Christmas Story movie! Wear your official medal at the party and you will have the best “Bling” Santa has ever seen!
Get you your very own copy of the A Christmas Story DVD in our gift shop!
Registration and Confirmation:
We have now sold out all the spots we have in the 5K and 10K race in Cleveland, and look forward to seeing you on December 7th! For those still interested in participating, registration for the Virtual Race remains open for a few more days. Also we need many volunteers and have a wonderful Christmas Story Run volunteer shirt for all of those volunteers who sign up before November 29th at http://roadrunner.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=3915
See the links below for Registration Confirmation.
Link for Registration Confirmation: http://speedy-feet.com/race-entry.php?id=900
Packet pick-up is:
Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th, 10am to 6pm at Second Sole, 5114 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 42121
Thursday, December 5th – 10am to 5pm at A Christmas Story House & Museum
Friday, December 6th – 10am to 7pm at Tower City, Mezzanine overlooking the large Christmas tree and fountain in the retail shop area.
Saturday, December 7th – 7am to 8am at Tower City, Tower City, Mezzanine overlooking the large Christmas tree and fountain in the retail shop area. Race Day pickup will be very busy. You are encouraged to take advantage of the Packet Pickup during Tuesday through Friday.
Online results for the 5K and 10K will be available on Saturday December 7th by 12 noon. Results can be found on line at www.speedy-feet.com.
Overall and Age Group Awards:
All participants who are at the actual race in Cleveland, OH are eligible for awards. The top 3 overall winners for both the 5K and 10K will receive their very own Leg Lamp. Participants placing in the top 3 spots in their age groups will receive unique Leg Lamp medals. Age ranges for age group awards are as follows: 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.
5K and 10K Distances:
The movie producers must have been runners, because the distance between the Higbee’s Department Store and the A Christmas Story House & Museum is about 5K. Ralphie’s dad, “The Old Man” must have used the 1938 Oldsmobile to track the distance– No GPS in the 1940’s. To accommodate both movie locations that made this race famous, the distance for the races are approximate, and perhaps a little shorter or longer. We don’t want the Old Man telling us that his GPS device said that the course distances are not accurate. They’re not supposed to be.
Turn By Turn Directions:
Mile 0- Start line at the south end of Public Square on Ontario
Mile 0.5- Turn Right onto Carnegie Avenue
Mile 1.0- Just before the Hope Memorial Bridge crosses the Cuyahoga River
Mile 1.4- Turn Left off of Lorain Avenue onto West 20th Street
Mile 1.5- Turn Left onto Abbey Avenue
Mile 2.0- Turn Right onto the connector road from Abbey Ave. to West 14th Street
Mile 2.1- Leave the connector road and continue South on West 14th Street
Mile 2.9- Turn Left onto Clark Avenue
Mile 3.0- Turn South on West 11th Street
Mile 3.1- 5K finish line on West 11th Street. Go enjoy A Christmas Story House.
For the 10K runners:
Turn Right at Rowley and run back out to West 14th Street. Turn Right onto West 14th Street and run the reverse route back to Public Square.
Pre-Race and Post Race Comforts:
K2 Fitness! Our partner for drop bags and post race showers!Located on 75 Public Square in Cleveland, this full service gym on the north west quadrant of Public Square is open on race day from 7am-3pm. Drop your bag off before the race and clean up after the race and take advantage of the great City of Cleveland! So much to see and do you won’t want to miss this opportunity! ** Tagging system will be at the Gym.
Whether you are cheering for an individual, have come out to support the masses or just love the movie, we have the information to prepare for race day viewing along the course. The best places are Public Square, West Side Market, and the 5K finish line at the A Christmas Story House & Museum.
Transportation and Parking:
Due to large crowd size and possible traffic congestion, we recommend utilizing public transportation on the day of the race. The Greater Cleveland Transit Authority offers several public transportation options including Bus, Park and Ride, Rail, and Trolley. Many transportation options, including the Rapid, drop off right at Tower City/Public Square. You can visit the RTA website for route times, locations, Schedules & Maps, and Service Alerts that may affect travel.
There are several places for parking that are near to the start and finish areas of the races.
The 5K race starts in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland and finishes on West 11th Street in front of the A Christmas Story House & Museum.
The 10K race starts in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland, runs to A Christmas Story House & Museum then back to Public Square. Below are the listings of parking areas for both locations.
Public Square Parking:
The red pins on the map below represent parking lots near Public Square
Public Square West Lot 226 W. Superior St., Cleveland, OH 44113
55 Public Square Garage 55 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
200 Public Square Garage 320 Superior Ave., Cleveland OH 44114
Gateway Parking 2151 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44115
A Christmas Story House Parking:
A Christmas Story House & Museum is located in a residential district. NO cars will be allowed on the race route (see race map).
Participants and spectators are encouraged to use the free bus transportation provided by the race
Limited Parking is available at Clark Field in Tremont on off West 11th St.a couple blocks North of A Christmas Story House & Museum It is a 10 minute walk to the 5K finish area at the A Christmas Story House & Museum.
Parking is also available at Steelyard Commons, just a 10 minute walk from A Christmas Story House & Museum. Home Depot has graciously given permission to use the north and east parking lot. The vacant Best Buy lot is also available.
Map of walking (or running) route from Clark Fields to A Christmas Story House & Museum. (you can cut across the field to shorten the route)
Runners competing in the 5K will have transportation available back to the starting area at Public Square. Busses will shuttle you and keep you warm and toasty back to the staging areas. The bus pick-up area is on West 14th street, just a short walk from the 5K finish line.
This event would not be possible without our generous volunteer groups and individuals along the course and at the starting and finishing areas. If you or your organization would like to participate and provide service to the community of Tremont, please visit our volunteer website. If you have a specific question, please email InfoChristmasStoryRun@gmail.com and we will be happy to assist you.
- Volunteers under 18 years of age on race day must have a parent or legal guardian complete the registration waiver.
- Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to volunteer or accompany registered volunteers.
- Each volunteer will receive an official Christmas Story Run volunteer t-shirt. Please note that sizes are not guaranteed.
- Some volunteer positions are more physical than others. Be sure to read the job description before signing up to volunteer.
- Due to the unpredictability of race day, please understand that some volunteers may need to be reassigned at check-in to fill more critical areas.
Participant Safety and Public Safety:
Spectators and Participants alike are the eyes and ears of safety for all that are involved in this event. If a person is in need of medical assistance, call 911 and notify race officials immediately. Your response is key to the safety of others. EMS will be on alert if assistance is needed. Intersections will be staffed by police officers, security personnel and course marshals. Please follow their instructions for the safety of you and others. Thank you in advance for your diligence.
Thank you for helping to keep yourself and those around you safe. Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the A Christmas Story 5K, 10K Race Weekend. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel.
Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages or clothes along or near the race course, including the start and finish line areas in Public Square or on West 11th Street at the A Christmas Story House & Museum area. Please leave your personal items with a friend or family member.
Hotels, Travel and Restaurants:
www.tremontwest.org. Celebrate Tremont and the neighborhood that made A Christmas Story famous! Tremont is a dynamic neighborhood boasting a historic district around Lincoln Park, first rate dining and boutique shopping.
www.positivelycleveland.com Discover all things to do in Cleveland, Ohio. From Restaurants, attractions, events & hotels, start planning your A Christmas Story stay now!
Cleveland Play House:
www.clevelandplayhouse.com Enjoy A Christmas Story, The Play live on stage
If you have any questions regarding the A Christmas Story Run, please email us at InfoChristmasStoryRun@gmail.com or call 216-213-3228 during regular business hours.
If you have any questions regarding the A Christmas Story House & Museum, please contact us at email@example.com or (216) 298-4919
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I cannot run the race can I have a refund of my race fee?
A. No. Running events do not provide refunds
Q. If I purchased a Groupon, but did not complete the required registration by November 15th is my Groupon still valid?
A. No. Since the race is completely sold out, we are unable to make exceptions and accept the Groupon after the expiration date. There are no race spots left. The paid value of your Groupon voucher will be donated to the charity.
Q. If I cannot pick up my packet may someone pick it up for me?
A. Yes. Please provide them with a copy of your drivers license and your written permission. We will not mail out packets. They may only be picked up in person or by your authorized representative.
Q. Can I transfer from the Actual Race in Cleveland to the Virtual Race?
Q. Can I transfer from the Virtual Race to the Actual Race in Cleveland?
Q. I received my Virtual Race packet. Can I wear my bib and run the Actual Race in Cleveland?
A. No. You can run a 5K or 10K on a route of your own on December 7th
Q. If I signed up for the Actual Race in Cleveland but wish to do a difference distance than I signed up for, can I do that?
A. Yes! We allow a free transfer from the 5K to the 10K or from the 10K to the 5K. Our timing system will automatically record you in the correct race. You don’t even need to notify us in advance.
Q. I’m hoping to capture one of your top three overall awards, the fabulous Leg Lamp and want to know what rules apply to me?
A. Top three awards will follow USATF rules for Long Distance Running and be based on GUN TIME, not chip time. You may not wear headphones or you will be ineligible for an award.
Q. I’m hoping to capture an age group award. What rules apply to me?
A. Age group awards will be based on CHIP time. Wearing of headphones is discouraged.
Q. How do I know if I am signed up for the race?
A. To check if you are registered for the race in Cleveland or the Virtual Race in the United States, you can view your registration on line at http://www.speedy-feet.com/view-registrations.php?id=900 To check if you are registered for the Virtual International Race, you can view your registration on line at http://www.speedy-feet.com/view-registrations.php?id=929 To check if you are registered for the Virtual International Military APO Race, you can view your registration on line at http://www.speedy-feet.com/view-registrations.php?id=930
Q. What if I think I am registered but it is not showing up on the registration site?
A. Please email us immediately at InfoChristmasStoryRun@gmail.com and supply us your information. We will get back with you as fast as Scut Farkus can throw a snowball
Q. Will there be race day sign-ups in Cleveland on December 7th?
A. No. Registration is closed.
Q. What if I am registered for the Race in Cleveland and my plans change and I need to transfer to the Virtual option?
Q. What if I am registered for the Virtual Race and my plans change and I can run the race in Cleveland OH?
A. No. The race in Cleveland is at capacity and may not have additional runners on the course. If you have a Virtual Race bib you may run on a course of your own on Dec. 7th, but not on the race course.
Q. Can I purchase an extra medal as an ornament or a race shirt for an extra fee?
A. These unique medals and shirts are one of a kind and are exclusive to the A Christmas Story Run. They will not be available after December 7th 2013. The only way to receive “A Major Award” is to purchase one of our run packages.
Q. Cleveland Participants: How do I get my complimentary pass to tour the A Christmas Story House & Museum?
A. Any runner who has their bib on them on race day will be allowed access to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. There will also be touring tickets in your race packet in case you would like to tour the house on another day. Packet pick-up starts on December 5th. You can use your ticket from December 5th through December 31st 2013. It’s a treat you won’t want to miss!
Race runners and spectators will be treated to hot, Rich Chocolate Ovaltine, one of Ralphie’s favorite snacks, to help keep them warm during the race.