General Info & Course Details

GENERAL INFO:

The movie producers must have been runners, because the distance between the former Higbees Department Store and the A Christmas Story House & Museum is about 5K.  Ralphies dad, The Old Man must have used the 1938 Oldsmobile to track the distance“ No GPS in the 1940s.  To accommodate both movie locations that made this race famous, the distance for the races are approximate, and perhaps a little shorter or longer.

Come join us at 9:00 A.M. on December 2nd, 2017 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.

Bag drop-off before the race is available at K2 Fitness, located at 75 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113. K2 Fitness will also offer post-race showers and changing rooms. Saturday hours of operation are 7:00am-3:00pm.

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COURSE MAP:

New Race Starting Line Location! We are bringing you right back to the center of Cleveland, in front of the old HIGBEES building where the movie was filmed! The 5K and 10K races start right in the middle of Public Square, on Superior Street. The 5K will run to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K will run to the House and back to the original starting area at Public Square. For the 5K runners, buses will be transporting you back near the starting line on the corner of Huron St. and Prospect St., just 2 blocks west of Public Square and the Renaissance Hotel.

Race Map 2014

The race route travels from Downtown to West 20th Street, to Abbey Avenue, then to West 14th Street. The route then travels through the heart of the Tremont District before turning onto Rowley Ave. with the 5K ending at the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K continues around the block on a similar route back downtown and finishes at Public Square.

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING:

There are several places for parking that are near the start/finish areas of the races.
The red pins on the map below represent parking lots near the starting line. The starting line is located at the intersection of Huron Street and Ontario Street, just south of the Terminal Tower.

The red pins on the map below represent parking lots near Public Square.

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A Christmas Story House & Museum is located in a residential district and free parking is available on the street. However NO CARS will be allowed on the race route race morning. Signs will be posted in restricted no parking areas. Participants are encouraged to use the free bus transportation provided by the race. Parking closest to the A Christmas Story House is available at Steelyard Commons.  See Below.

  • Steelyard Commons:  Free parking available outside the former Best Buy store at 3506 Steelyard Drive.  Bussing will be provided from 6:30-8:00am on Race Day to Downtown Cleveland starting line.  After the race, busses will return runners to their cars at Steelyard Commons until 1:00pm.

Race day transportation: Bus transportation is available to both runners and friends/family coming to cheer them on.

5K Transportation: Back to Downtown

  • Busing starts at 9:30am
  • Busses will be staged two (2) blocks from the finish line on the West 14th St. between Rowley Ave. and Holmden St.
  • Busses will run between 9:30am and 1:00pm so runners will have time to tour the A Christmas Story House & Museum and Gift Shop after the race.
  • Runners will be dropped off back Downtown at the corner of Huron St. and Prospect St. This point is just two (2) blocks west of the starting line, the Renaissance Hotel and Public Square.
  • ADDED BONUS! The West Side Market. On your way back downtown, the busses will make a special stop at the one of Cleveland’s oldest gems, The West Side Market. Enjoy shopping in this 100+ year old establishment where you can purchase and enjoy Cleveland’s local specialty foods and delicacies from around the World!

10K Transportation: Downtown to the A Christmas Story House

  • Runners and spectators will have the option of taking the race transportation back to the A Christmas Story House & Museum without the hassle of parking. Runners will have the morning to tour the A Christmas Story House & Museum and Gift Shop. 
  • Busses will be available at 9am downtown on the corner of Huron St. and Prospect Street, just 2 blocks west of the starting line, the Renaissance Hotel and Public Square.
  • Once finished at the A Christmas Story House & Museum, you can catch the busses back downtown at the original pick up point on the corner of Huron St. and Prospect St.
  • ADDED BONUS! The West Side Market. On your way back downtown, the busses will make a special stop at the one of Cleveland’s oldest gems, The West Side Market. Enjoy shopping in this 100+ year old establishment where you can purchase and enjoy Cleveland’s local specialty foods and delicacies from around the World!

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located at 3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109.  Some GPS’s do not recognize this address and will require you to use the address across the street, 1103 Rowley Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

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 (RTA) offers several public transportation options including bus, Park & 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.  Visit: http://www.riderta.com/

SPECTATOR INFORMATION:

Spectators and Participants alike are the eyes and 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 keep yourself and those around you safe.  Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the A Christmas Story Run and the entire race weekend.  If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 911 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 all your personal items with a friend or family member.

RUNNER TIMING:

Race participants will be timed utilizing the IPICO bib tag system. In celebration of the A Christmas Story Run, the bibs are part of a collector’s edition series. Runners will be able to keep their race bib as a memento after the race. Participants will be provided a bib and safety pins at registration. Wear the bib on the front of your outer-most layer of clothing on race day. Transponder pads at the start and finish will record the participant’s time for compiling the final results. Post race, participants will receive their start time and net time. Per USATF rules, Top 3 overall awards and the overall Masters award will be determined by actual gun time. All age group awards will be determined by their chip time. Final results will be posted by noon on www.speedy-feet.com. The Awards Ceremony will be held promptly at 11:00am in the Renaissance Hotel, inside the Conference Center Room where race day packet is held.

* Your very own Video! This year Ralphie and the gang want to capture your finish line moment! As you cross the finish line, give us your best smile and pose in your favorite “I Triple Dog Dare You,” Snow Suit, Leg Lamp costume or Bunny Suit. To see your awesome finish, just go to your results and click on the video link! Share your finish with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A Christmas Story Run wants to make your memories lasting ones!

PACE TEAMS:

MarathonPacing.com Pace Teams will once again be offered for the A Christmas Story Run. The 2017 Pace Teams promise to provide fun and excitement for both first time and experienced participants looking to reach their running goals. Whether that’s a personal best, or just getting across the finish line and having a great time, the Pace Teams are there for you. You can read about the Pacers and see the roster of times at MarathonPacing.com.

Twenty minutes prior to the start of the race, your pacer will be holding a sign with your desired pace. Find them and get to know them. They will be able to help you greatly while on the course. You will have time to stretch near your pacer while they introduce themselves. This service is complimentary to participants.

AWARDS AND POST RACE AMENITIES:

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm
Renaissance Hotel

Christmas music will set the mood for the post race awards ceremony that will feature guest appearances, photo-ops, and lots of fun! Actor Tedde Moore “Miss Shields will be on hand to celebrate your award with you!

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male & Female
  • Top Male & Female Masters
  • Top 3 Male & Female in each age group

AGE GROUP AWARDS will be awarded to the top 3 men and women in each age group.  Age group categories will be 0-14 for the 10K and 0-10 for the 5K and then in increments of every 5 years all the way up to 70+.  If age group winners are unable to attend award ceremony, age group awards will be available for pick up at A Christmas Story House Gift Shop after Race Day through December 31st.

Overall and Masters winners WILL NOT be eligible for Age Group awards.  There will also be no double dipping in the Overall and Masters award categories as well.

As a reminder, per USATF Rules, top overall and top Masters awards are determined by gun time.  Age group awards are determined by bib time.  Additionally, you must comply with the USATF headphones rule or risk eligibility for an overall award.