FAQ

What organization benefits from the Santa Claus Shuffle?  The Santa Claus Shuffle is a fundraiser for Tidewater Youth Services Foundation.  Our Foundation was established in 1991 to support a public agency, Tidewater Youth Services Commission, in its efforts to help at-risk and court involved youth grow into productive members of the community.  Our mission is to prepare these youth for productive adult lives by improving their academic skills, teaching appropriate life and social skills, and fostering involvement in pro-social activities.

How are the proceeds of the race used to help at-risk and court involved youth?  Proceeds from the Santa Claus Shuffle benefit the youth we serve in many ways.  Funds are used to support our programs, such as our Outdoor Adventure Program and our Literacy Program, to provide a variety of opportunities for youth in the community, including recreational and cultural experiences, and to meet the needs of individual youth and their families, such as medication, clothing, utility bills – and even small arts and academic scholarships.

May I include an extra donation with my entry fee?  May I designate it for a particular purpose?  Absolutely!  And we appreciate your support!  There is a donate button on the Tidewater Youth Services Foundation website.  If you would like your donation used for a specific purpose, please write that on your form.  Online registrants, just send an email to sdrewery@tysfoundation.org and tell us if you’d like your donation used for a) literacy support, b) recreational opportunities, c) arts enrichment, d) personal needs of youth and families, e) scholarships.

How many people participate in the Santa Claus Shuffle?  We are expecting about 800 people to participate in 2017.

Will there be someplace I can leave my coat during the race?  Yes, we plan to have a coat check area that is attended by volunteers.  You may leave your things, but please note, this service is provided at your own risk.

Will there be an early packet pickup? Yes, early packet pickup will take place at the Norfolk location of Running, Etc. on Saturday, December 9th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

When do I pick up my timing chip? Your timing chip is embedded in your race number.  Once you pick up your packet, with your number, you are ready to go.  Just pin your number on your shirt on race day and you’re good to go!

When does my time start – when the horn goes off or when I cross the starting line?  With chip timed technology, your time does not start until you cross the starting line – so don’t worry if you are not at the front of the pack when the horn goes off!

Will there be refreshments?  You bet!  And – they are complimentary thanks to our generous sponsors.  Of course, we do need to add the disclaimer “while supplies last”, but based on past races, there will be plenty!  Click here to see what we’ll have.

Do lots of people come in costume?  Yes they do!  And it’s funny – and it’s fun.  We hope you’ll join the throngs of costumed runners by pulling out your most creative holiday garb.

Are there awards for the 1 Mile Fun Run?  The Fun Run is not a timed race, so no, there are no awards.  We do give out participation ribbons and there will be a clock on site so that you can see your time.

What are the categories for awards?  Awards are given to the overall male and female 5K winners as well as the top three male and female finishers in these age groups:  Nine and under; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64, and 65+.

What awards do you give?  The top three overall winners and the top three finishers in each category will receive awards.  Check back later to see what the awards are!

Do you need volunteers?  Yes, we rely on volunteer help to ensure a smooth running event.  If you want to volunteer, please email sdrewery@tysfoundation.org.