Event Information

Date:  Saturday, December 3rd
Time:  9:00am
Location:  Cleveland, Ohio


The movie producers must have been runners, because the distance between the former Higbee’s Department Store and the A Christmas Story House & Museum is about 5K. Ralphie’s dad, The Old Man must have used the 1938 Oldsmobile to track the distance – No GPS in the 1940’s!  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 3rd 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.


Both the 5K and 10K races start on the corner of Ontario and Huron St. which is located on the back side of the Terminal Tower.  The 5K will run to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. The 10K will run to the House and back to the original starting line on Huron St.  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  the starting line and the Renaissance Hotel.


A Christmas Story House & Museum is located at 3159 W. 11th St. Cleveland, OH 44109.


Spectator Information:

FinishLine_babystrollerThe best places to watch the race are Huron Street just outside of Tower City Center, at the starting line on Ontario St,  at Lincoln Park on West 14th St, and West 11th St (just before the 5K finish line at the A Christmas Story House & Museum).  We also have two official “CHEER STATIONS” along the route!  We are happy to announce this year that Grumpy’s Café on West 14th St and the Clark Bar on Clark Ave will be celebrating and cheering on the runners!  Come to these great establishments as they support the run!  Spectators need to arrive between 8am-8:45 am to ensure positioning before the start of the races.


Participant Safety and Public Safety:
Spectators and participants alike are the eyes and ears of 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 to keep yourself and those around you safe. Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run 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 areas on Huron Street or on West 11th Street at the A Christmas Story House & Museum area.  Please leave your personal items with a friend or family member.