The Santa Run Silicon Valley 2017 was a lot of fun. I think this race will become a yearly tradition.
The pickup location was at the Sunnyvale Sports Basement. There was plenty of parking available when I arrived and there were a lot of volunteers helping hand out the bibs and shirts.
For the price of the race, you got an elf themed long sleeve technical shirt, a bib, and a finishers medal.
The course was a 5K that started and ended at different locations. We parked near the end so that we would be closer to the car when the race was over. The end of the race was next to Christmas in the Park in San Jose. It was a great location for the finish line.
This aspect was weak. There was only one water station throughout the route. It was poorly coordinated. When I arrived at the table there were many cups on the table, but they were all empty! I had to wait for the volunteer to fill up my cup. I was a little frustrated with this since I’m trying to run at a fast pace and this definitely slowed me down.
The atmosphere was great! A lot of people were wearing either the elf shirt provided, a Santa costume, or some other holiday-themed outfit. At one point I looked around me and I was in a sea of red and green.
Once I crossed the finish line, I was given my medal and a bottle of water. A little further down there were some volunteers handing out milk and cookies. Isn’t that a great idea! I grabbed my race snack and headed over to one of the benches at Christmas in the Park to rest for a minute and recharge. I looked around and I was surrounded by Christmas trees, lights, and Christmas music. It was the perfect ending to a Santa race!