IFB 5k: Santa’s Showdown Asheville

Santa’s Showdown:  Reindeer vs. Elves 5K

Race participants in Santas' Showdown costumes pose before the beginning of the race.Thank you for an amazing turnout at our inaugural event on December 14th, 2019.  We thank all of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and Santa for braving the cold and wet conditions.  It looks like the Reindeer have the bragging rights at the North Pole for the next year as their average time (36:20) was faster than the Elves (37:43).  We look forward to a rematch next year.  In the meantime, results are posted below.  Click this link for 2019 WLOS coverage and start getting ready for 2020.

2019 Results:

2019 Combined Results

2019 Elf Results

2019 Reindeer Results

About our 2020 event:

Runners startSanta’s 2nd Showdown in WNC will take place on Saturday, December 5th at Recreation Park in East Asheville. This unique event will pit runners representing Elves and Reindeer against each other to establish North Pole supremacy for the coming year.

How does this work? Half the entrants will be designated as reindeer and half the entrants will be designated as elves. At the end of the race, the average time of each group (reindeer vs. elves) will be calculated. The group with the lowest average time will be declared the overall winner!


We will also give out special awards to the Top 5 female and Top 5 male elves, and the Top 5 female and Top 5 male reindeer.

Two kids wearing Santas Showdown gear look at each other before the start of the raceOut of town for the holidays? No problem! Santa can always find you. Participate in our virtual race. Sign up, run, and report your time. Details to follow.

2020 Race At a Glance

December 5, 2020

Recreation Park, Gashes Creek, Asheville, NC

Start time: 9:00am



2020 Race Information and Rules

Dog wearing Santas' Showdown neck scarf walks on a leashRace Date and Time: Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 am

Registration Costs:

  • August 1 – September 30 – $25/runner
  • Oct 1 – Nov 15 – $30/runner
  • Nov 16 – Dec 14 – $35/runner
  • Youth 12 & under: $10
  • Dogs: $10, Guide dogs are free

Online registration will open in August – check your list twice!


The 5K course will start and finish at Recreation Park in East Asheville and feature a fast out-and-back on Azalea Road past the JBL Soccer complex and under the Blue Ridge Parkway. View course map/elevation chart.


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Elves & Reindeers

All participants will be randomly designated as either an Elf or a Reindeer.  Due to the complicated nature of this process and timing it correctly, switches will not be allowed. This will be a bib timed race.  Please make sure your race bib is on your front so we can see when you cross the finish line.


There is ample parking behind and on the west side of the Recreation Park pool.

Volunteers & Questions

Volunteers are needed for Set-Up, Course Marshals, Aid Station, Food & Drink and Take-Down.  This event would not be possible without a great group of volunteers!  To volunteer, or with questions, please email Emily Lancucki at elancucki@ifbsolutions.org.


We’re looking for sponsors for our 2020 race! Connect with Emily Lancucki at elancucki@ifbsolutions.org.

Santas Showdown Logo with a Reindeer looking at an Elf above the text Santa's Showdown




’19 Visionary Sponsors:


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’19 Timing Company:

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