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Important Info: BASC Santa Claus Shuffle

Ho Ho Ho Runners!!

Our Millennium Running team is looking forward to seeing you at the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle on Saturday afternoon! With over 3,000 registrants all dressed as Santa, this event promises to be an amazing sight!! We hope you truly enjoy the holiday spirit!

PLEASE read ALL the information below as it pertains to early bib pick-up info, race day logistics, Santa suits, beer redemption bars, and more… You may also visit the Millennium Running website at for other more details.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can email John directly at

Event: BASC Santa Claus Shuffle

Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Start Time(s):

2:30pm – Elf Kids Fun Runs

3:15pm – Santa Claus Shuffle

4:00pm – Christmas Parade

Location: Race start and finish is located on Elm St. in front of Veteran’s Park. (700 Elm St., Manchester, NH)

!!!!! Be sure to RSVP for the race event on Facebook and Check in at the event on Race Day! Let all your friends know you were a part of history!

Number / Santa Suit / Shirt Pick-Up: There are two opportunities to pick up your Bib Number, Santa Suit, Pint Glass, and/or pre-purchased event tech-shirt.

1. Early Pick-Up: Friday, November 30th (4-7pm) at the Shaskeen Irish Pub (909 Elm St., Manchester, NH)

2. Race Day Pick-Up: Saturday, December 1st (1:30pm-3:00pm) in Stanton Plaza across from Veteran’s Park and the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester, NH)

Note: bibs will not be available earlier or later than the aforementioned times.

Bib # Assignments: Bib Number assignments will be released on Thursday at 3pm after online registration closes at noon. Bib numbers are assigned by date of registration and are published in alphabetical order by last name on the event website. In addition, a “Bib Number Look Up” tent is provided on-site to double check your bib number.

Can you pick up a Bib Number and Santa Suit for a friend or relative? Yes, but please bring something to lug all your schwag out of there if you are picking up for more than yourself.

Kids Elf Runs: These are kid fun runs that will be run as 6 separate races by gender and age: boy/girls, ages kids 4 and under (50 yards), 5-6 (150 yards), and 7-8 (500 yards). The first race will start at 2:30pm and continue for approximately 20 minutes. These races are not timed and each Elf gets a #1 Bib. Parents of kids 4 and under are welcome to run along side their elf for the 50-yard run. We ask parents of 5-6 and 7-8 year olds to let the kids run by themselves for the races that run between the start and finish lines on Elm St. We know parents want to get a photo of their child running, but we ask you to stand beyond the finish line and allow each child an opportunity to cross the line without a traffic jam. Please note, Millennium Running is providing free photos to download of all the races as well.

Santa Shuffle: The main event of over 3,000 Santas running or walking the 3-mile course that starts and finishes on Elm St at Veteran’s Park.

Course: The course is a 3-mile out and back course on Elm St. After the first 1/2-mile, there will be cones and big signs directing runners/walkers to KEEP RIGHT, so as to avoid a collision of the lead runners returning back on the other side of the street. Once on the right hand side, please remain on right side for the duration of the run.

Starting Corrals: There will be YELLOW SIGNS located in the starting area indicating Pace Per Mile. We ask participants to please line up near your appropriate pace: Under 7:00, 8;00-9:00, 9:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00+, Walkers & Strollers. All walkers and strollers will be asked to start in the back. Please adhere to these starting areas as it makes the event safer and fairer for all participants.

Santa Suits:

  • The first 2,500 Adult Registrants (12 and older) will receive a full Santa Suit when you pick up your bib number. All adult bib numbers up to # 3,100 will have a tear off tag that says “Santa Suit.” You will exchange the tag for a suit at the “Santa Suit” tent / table at bib pick-up.
  • If you did not get a suit as one of the first 2,500 adults/3,100 bib numbers, we will be distributing the remaining, unclaimed Santa Suits on a first come-first serve basis at the Santa Suit Tent starting at 3pm on Race Day. (It is typical to have a 10% no-show rate so we are looking at an additional 300 suits to pass out for numbers above 3,100)
  • The Santa Suits are “one size fits most”, so we recommend picking it up on Friday to do any last minute tailoring to avoid wardrobe malfunctions!
  • If you are not planning on wearing the suit, we ask you to dress in red or some other Christmas costume… Elf, Mrs Claus, Sexy Bikini Santa, Speedo Santa, Reindeer, you name it!!!

Beer: All registrants (age 21+ only) will receive one (1) “Harpoon Beer” tear off tag on their bib number. You can redeem your ticket for a complimentary beer at any one of our participating bars in downtown Manchester after the race. Here is a list of all the bars:

You can also redeem your beer tickets on Friday evening at the Shaskeen ONLY, the host for Early Pick-up.

Pint Glasses: The first 500 registrants will receive a Santa Claus Shuffle pint glass noted by your bib number (numbers 2-500). All elves are number 1 and do not get pint glasses.

Pre-Purchased Long Sleeve Tech Shirts: If you purchased a long sleeve tech shirt with your online registration, your bib number will have the shirt size noted on the registration label. You can pick up your pre-purchased shirts on Friday evening or on race day. There will be a very limited supply of shirt still available for purchase on site.

Kids Elf Shirts: The first 200 kids (11 and younger) to pick up their bib will receive a cotton youth sized shirt that says “Santa’s #1 Elf!” These kids shirts are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Race Day Registration: Registration will be available on-site at Veteran’s Park / Stanton Plaza on race day starting at 1:30pm. Additionally, you can register on-site at on Friday evening at the Shaskeen from 4pm to 7pm.

Parking: There is no parking on Elm St on Saturday. There are many lots and street packing in the downtown area. We encourage runners to find their way downtown early so as to find a good spot!

Timing: Each participant will have a bib number with a disposable timing chip adhered to it. The bib must be worn on the FRONT of your Santa Suit and not covered by clothing. Please do not bend or damage the timing chip. We will have a starting mat and a finish mat so your “net” time is recorded and will be your official finishing time.

Results: instant results will be located on TV screens mounted on the Millennium Running Timing Trailer adjacent to the finish line. Complete results will be emailed following the race and posted exclusively at

Photos: You will be notified via email after the race to download your FREE digital Facebook photo. Please share them as a wall or profile picture!

Post Race: Free Pizza (Portland Pie Company), Fruit (A-Market), Yogurt (Stonyfield), PowerAde and Dasani Water (Coca Cola), and massage (HealthSource Chiropractice) will be available after the race in Stanton Plaza

Other FAQ’s

What time should I get to the race? Depending on whether you have already picked up your bib/shirt, we recommend you get to the race site about 1 hour to 1-1/2 hour early to get parked, pick up your bib and Santa Suit, use the facilities, stretch, warm-up, and enjoy the race atmosphere.

Where does the race start? On Elm St. at the corner of Merrimack St.

Where does the race finish? On Elm St. mid way along Veteran’s Park at Pleasant St.

Is there a water stop on the course? Yes, there is a water station near 1.5 miles

Can I participate with a stroller? Yes, but please line up at the back of the pack at the start so not to trip another participant in a crowded starting area.

Can I run with my dog? Although, we are animal lovers, pets are not allowed in the race for safety reasons.

Can I participate with headphones or an I-pod? Yes, but only if it is Christmas music and please be aware of your surroundings as you may not hear instructions from race officials or traffic police detail in an emergency.

Are there bathrooms at the race? Yes, there will be port-a-john’s located in Veteran’s Park behind the stage.

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