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  • 29th Annual Santa Claus Shuffle
  • Race Day DECEMBER 10, 2023 8:00AM
  • Atlantic Union Pavilion, Portsmouth
 Virtual Race – Nov 24 – Dec 10

The Santa Claus Shuffle is a fun, festive, family-friendly activity for individuals of all ages and families throughout the community.  If you want a fun way to kick off your holiday season, then join this family-friendly event that promotes BOTH charity and fitness.

For over 25 years, the Santa Claus Shuffle has brought the community together to bring HOPE to young people in need of a second chance.  Through the community support from the SANTA CLAUS SHUFFLE, we provide “Quality of Life” needs and experiences like clothing for an interview or team building and fun through ropes courses.


Spend an exciting day in Olde Towne Portsmouth as we have arranged special deals when you show your bib at local businesses. Want to learn more, click below!

See what your support does for the youth of Tidewater Youth Services Foundation

Other ways YOU can participate

Become an ELF – by creating your own fundraising page.  YOU help us to provide “Quality of Life” resources for youth seeking hope and a second chance.  Your support provides tutors, skills training for independent living, positive experiences, and valuable mentoring programs.

When you create a fundraising page, you can set your own goal (we hope it will be at least $250), and invite others to join you through social media.

Every ELF (those that create a page) will be entered into a random drawing for prizes.

Gather Stocking Stuffers – Help us add a gleam to our youth’s eyes on Christmas morning by helping us to fill their stockings.  Click HERE to see a list of needed items

Become a sponsor – Have a local business and want to be sponsor, you can go HERE to learn more or contact Jessica Lee @ [email protected]

Emerald Sponsors - Emerald Sponsors have generously agreed to sponsor Tidewater Youth Services Foundation events for the next year.



ALL 5K participants will receive finisher medals, t-shirt, some great refreshments, and a boatload of family fun!

5K Awards will be posted and announced as soon as results are in.

  • Overall awards to the top male and female winner in each age category.
  • Finisher Medals for all 5k Registrants
  • Participation Ribbons for the 1 Mile 

Costume Contest Wear a costume just for fun OR stop by the picture booth to enter the costume contest.

Refreshments Thanks to our generous community partners, refreshments are complimentary.  Enjoy!

For More Information: Contact Race Director, Sarah Wray at [email protected] or 757-488-9161.
The fun had at the Santa Claus Shuffle