With 21 years under our belt, the Santa Claus Shuffle is a well-planned, fun and festive event for the entire family!  Get your December 11th holiday weekend off to a great start by joining the crowds of costumed runners through the beautiful historic streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia and along the scenic seawall.  When you’ve finished your run, you’ll enjoy complimentary refreshments of Starbucks coffee, hot apple cider, hot chocolate,  doughnuts, and bananas.  Running in the Santa Claus Shuffle will boost your holiday spirits –  PLUS, you will be helping young people in our community who need a little extra guidance and the help of caring adults.  Please join us and register today!

 Back by Popular Demand:

  • Support your favorite non-profit!  The largest team will receive a $200 gift to the charity of their choice.  To be eligible for the prize, you team must be pre-registered.  The winning team will be determined at the close of pre-registration on November 13th and announced at the race.
  • Family Discount!  Tidewater Youth Services Foundation is ALL ABOUT FAMILIES!! Bring the whole family to the Santa Claus Shuffle and receive a discount.
  • HELP US HELP THE KIDS WE SERVE!  Create your own fundraising page, set a personal goal, and help us raise money to provide the tools at-risk youth and court-involved youth need for success.  Click here to set up your own fundraising page.  (When you get to the fundraising page, click on “Start Fundraising”.  Once you set up your page, you can share it on facebook or email it to your family and friends.  We really appreciate your help!)




Early Bird Registration by Oct.2, 2016
5K • $25.00     1 Mile • $15.00

Pre-registration between Oct. 3 – Nov. 13, 2016
5K • $30.00     1 Mile • $20.00

General Registration Nov. 14 – Race Day, Dec. 12, 2016
5K $35.00       1 Mile $25.00

5K Family Pack – eligible for families of four – $5.00 off each of four entries.

Your race fee includes a long-sleeved t-shirt, great refreshments (Starbucks coffee, bagels, doughnuts, bananas, hot apple cider, orange juice, chocolate milk!!), inclusion in a door prize raffle, views of beautiful historic Portsmouth, VA, and a boatload of family fun!

NEW THIS YEAR – 5K Registrants will receive finisher medals

Staging Area

Portsmouth Pavilion 16 Crawford Circle Portsmouth, VA  23704

Race Day Schedule
7:00 am:    Registration/packet pick-up

8:30 am:    1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

9:00 am:    5K Race

Early Packet Pick-up

Running Etc. 1940 Laskin Road #308, Virginia Beach Friday

Dec 9th, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Saturday, Dec 10th, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM


*** New Location Added – One Life Fitness  4628 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake, VA

Saturday, Dec 10th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


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

  • Overall awards to the top three male and female winners.
  • Running Etc. Gift certificates  for top three male and female finishers in each age group.  (Age groups starting at 8 and under to 65+.)
  • 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!

Stocking Stuffing Drive Bring gift cards, small gifts – playing cards, new white undershirts, boxers, socks, toiletries. Collection of items will be used to stuff stockings for our underprivileged youth.

For More Information:

Contact Race Director, Betsy Roberts, at broberts@tysfoundation.org or 757-488-9161.