Jingle Bell Run 5K & Kids 1K

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2020 Event Details

Event Date

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Event Times

5k begins at 9:00am
Kids 1k begins at 10:00am

Point of Contact

Rebecca Rounds

The Sights & Sounds of Christmas Jingle Bell Run 5K will race through San Marcos’ beautiful downtown and Historic District on Saturday, December 14. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate! Everyone will be given jingle bells to wear during the race and holiday attire is encouraged. The race will begin and finish at San Marcos Plaza Park at Hutchison & CM Allen and will feature Christmas music throughout the course.

Participants who are registered by December 8 will receive a t-shirt; anyone registered after is not guaranteed a current year race shirt or size. The cost is $35 now through Race-day and will be $40 the day of the race.

Important Details

Packet Pick-Up

Next to the main entrance of Sights & Sounds 6-10PM each night during the festival at the 5K tent located outside and next to the main gates at CM Allen & Hutchison Streets.

*Entry into the festival is not required to pick up packet.

Drive-Thru Packet Pick-Up

Due to road construction on CM Allen, we will not have a drive-thru packet pick up this year. Packets are available each night of the festival at the 5K tent, as well as on race morning.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held at San Marcos Plaza Park following the Kids 1K. Top finishers in each category will be recognized at this time and door prizes will be given out.

Attire & Prizes

Make sure to wear your Santa outfit, as we will have a “Best Santa” Prize!  Most festive runner will receive a door prize!

Runner Bag

Pick up your runner bag prior to race day at the festival for a chance to win $550 in cash and prizes! If runner bag is not picked up by the start of the race on race day, it will be forfeited.

Register for 2020 now!

Online Registration

Online registration for 2020 is now available. Save money by registering early!

Information Changes

To make changes to your registration such as T-shirt size, gender, etc. please follow the link below.


To verify your registration information or resend a confirmation email, please follow the link below.


5k Jingle Bell Run


1k Kids’ Jingle Bell Run


(Stay connected-we will run promotions during the year)

*Registrants after Dec 3rd are not guaranteed a t-shirt size

Course Maps

5k Course Map

1k Course Map

Parking Map

Traffic Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Registration Edits and Verification
Common Questions with the Answer Being Yes!
Common Questions with the Answer Being No.
Basic Registration Edits and Verification

Runners may change the basic registration details, verify registration, transfer a registration to another runner, and resend a confirmation email with no cost.

  • All basic edits must be completed by DEC 4th.
  • A few examples of basic edits include: email, address, phone number, birth date, gender, shirt size, etc.
  • You can take care of BASIC REGISTRATION EDITS by CLICKING HERE, and choosing the option that pertains to your situation.
  • DEC 4th you will not be able to make T-shirt size changes or transfer registration to another runner without contacting the race director.
Common Questions with the Answer Being Yes!
  • May I run with a stroller and not have to register the children in the stroller?
  • May I run with a dog on a leash?
    • Strollers and dogs please remain towards the back of the start group for safety.
  • Is there a place for me to store my coat, bag, keys, etc.? –Runner’s closet near registration however, we are not responsible for lost, left behind, or stolen items.
  • Will you have vendors providing b-fest sandwiches, water, and hot chocolate to runners?
  • Is the race on rain or shine?
  • Is this race chipped/timed?
  • If I cannot run/walk may my sister/brother/friend/child/husband/cousin take my place? – (SEE ABOVE ABOUT TRANSFERRING REGISTRATION)
  • May someone else pick up my packet?
  • Can I pick up my packet in race tent 6-11pm of festival each night?
  • If I cannot make the race may I pick up my packet Dec 3rd in the race tent that night?
  • Can I use the free entry any night of the festival once I pick up my packet?
  • Is it okay to dress in holiday attire?
  • Will I receive a Technical T-shirt, chipped bib, free entry into festival, safety pins, and jingle bells in my runner packet?
  • Is the course certified?
  • Is there holiday music on the race course?
  • May I walk this race if I am not a runner? –We have a huge group of walkers.
  • May I park at the San Marcos Activity Center, Library, and downtown parking spaces race morning?
  • May my friends, mother, cousin, spouse, come down and cheer me on?
  • If my questions are not answered may I contact the Race Director?
Common Questions with the Answer Being No.
  • My dog is well behaved may he run off a leash?
  • May I leave my kids at registration while I run/walk?
  • May I run with my bib anywhere other than on the front of my shirt?
  • May I have a refund if I cancel my registration before the race for any reason?
  • Is this a closed course? -However, we have over 20 SMPD, several Rangers, and loads of San Marcos Runners Club, and community volunteers to guide you.
  • Are there refunds for cancellation due to severe weather or an act of God?