We Believe – Santa 5K Trail Race and Dog Jog

We Believe- Santa 5k Trail Race and Dog Jog will transition to a dispersed race model due to the COVID-19 pandemic . Please see below for updated race details.

The We Believe Santa 5K Trail Race and Dog Jog is the race for every wannabe St. Nick and aspiring Rudolph. This holiday-themed 5k offers a brisk trot through the Whitewater Center trail system. Be sure to bring your red coat and white beard. Grab your canine companion and hit the trails decked out in your (and your pup’s) best festive attire for the We Believe Santa 5K Dog Jog.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Distance: 5K
  • Time:
    • 10:00am-1:00pm
    • Racers may enter the course to run at any time during this time window and must finish by 1:00pm.
    • Runners will still be chip timed and must begin at the designated Start/Finish line on the course map below.
  • Start/Finish Location: Ridge Pavilion
  • Due to COVID-19 this race will have limited aid stations and supplies. Racers are encouraged to bring enough hydration and fuel for pre-race, during race and post race. Water will be available at the Ridge Pavilion.


  • Pre-registration – Last day to pre-register is December 10, 2020
    • $32
  • Day-of registration
    • $37
  • Note: Recover Brands race shirts and optional add-on hoodies are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before December 1, 2020


  • Wednesday, December 9 – Friday, December 11
    • 4:00pm – 7:00pm – Packet Pick-up
    • Location – USNWC- Outfitters
  • Saturday, December 12
    • 10:00am – We Believe Santa 5K Trail Race and Dog Job timing begins at the Ridge Pavilion
    • 1:00pm- Course closes (runners may finish the course; however, official times may not be recorded).
      • Runners may start their race at any time within this window.


To maintain social distancing, results will be made available online by 6:00 PM on Monday, December 14th. Awards will be available for future pick-up inside the Outfitters store.

Awards for the Santa 5K Trail Run will be given to the top three Male/Female finishers in the following categories:

  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55 and better
  • Awards for the Dog Jog will be given to the top three Male/Female dogs.



2020 Results:

2019 – 2013 Results:




Additional Event Info:

  • Volunteers 
  • Waiver Policy 
    • May be printed and brought to packet pick-up or completed on site.  
    • The waiver is not included in the online registration form.  
  • Refund and Transfer Policy 
    • Race Registration is non-refundable 
    • A 100% registration transfer must be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via racedirector@usnwc.org 
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year 
  • Forgotten Add-On Gear/Participant items 
    • All purchased add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • If items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, you must arrange pick-up with racedirector@usnwc.org and collect from Outfitters within one week from event date 
    • The race director will not email you to arrange your pick-up 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Forgotten Awards 
    • Applies to participant shirts, finisher’s awards and age group/overall awards.  
    • Participants not present for awards may collect their award from Outfitters within two months of the race date 
    • Items will not be shipped 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated 
    • Participants must email racedirector@usnwc.org to arrange award pick-up 
    • Typical parking fees apply 
  • Trail Marking 
    • Designated race course will be denoted by colored arrows. 
    • Color associated with specific route will be communicated during prerace announcements.  
    • Whenever possible, mile markers will be present along the course. 
    • Whitewater Race Series events take place on multiple surfaces, including natural surface trails over uneven terrain. As such, race distances and mile markers are approximate. 
    • Your personal mileage may vary. It is our goal to ensure that you travel at no less than the posted mileage for a given race.  
  • Trail Safety  
    • Trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers 
    • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are strongly discouraged 
    • Remain attentive and courteous at all times 
    • Communicate when passing other trail users 
    • No pets allowed on the course 
    • No E-bikes or any form of powered transportation will be allowed in any Whitewater Race Series events 
    • During events taking place after sunset, all participants are required to carry/wear a light source.  
  • Race Bibs 
    • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time 
  • Pacers 
    • Unless otherwise stated in the event specific race document, pacers are not allowed in Whitewater Race Series events 
    • When pacers are allowed, pacers must check in/register with the Race Director and complete an assumption of risk agreement 
  • Aid Stations 
    • See Course Map for aid station locations 
    • Unless otherwise indicated, aid stations will consist of water only 
    • Plan accordingly if you think you may require additional hydration or nutrition during the race 
  • Weather Policy 
    • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine. The Whitewater Center reserves the right to alter/reschedule/cancel any Whitewater Race Series event.
    • Any changes or cancellations will be communicated via email by the Race Director.
  • Parking Policy 
    • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the Whitewater Center unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the Whitewater Center for $50 
  • Emergency Policy 
    • The Whitewater Center does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants must call 911 if emergency vehicles and operations are needed. There are emergency location markers to communicate where emergency personnel can find you 


U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | Charlotte, NC 28214 | 704.391.3900 | info@usnwc.org