Best way to start the holiday in Venice! VisitVeniceCa July 28, 2015 Attractions, Community, Family, Featured Event, Pet Friendly, Physical Activities, Relaxation, The perfect date, Things to See and Do The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, Los Angeles’ largest holiday running event, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017! This affordable, family-friendly holiday run is also a fundraiser for a worthy local non-profit. Participants can enjoy a 10K, 5K or kids run, or just spectate and cheer on their friends and neighbors. The Christmas Run is Los Angeles’ premiere winter recreational gathering and a great opportunity to don a holiday-themed costume (two costume contests will be held in ’17) and come out and celebrate. It all began in 1977 with 10,000 runners participating at the height of the first running boom. For the past three decades, the Christmas Run has not only remained a highly popular local event but a super way to kick off the holidays in a healthy, community-focused way, outdoors with thousands of other runners and walkers. The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run has a 5K, 10K and kids run that wind through the beautiful streets of Santa Monica and Venice, including a long stretch along the famous Venice Beach boardwalk. It is flat, fast, and fun You won’t want to miss this! We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2017. Join us for new fun activities, the very popular Costume Contests and of course the Kids 1K run. As in past years, the race start is adjacent to Santa Monica Beach on Barnard Way near the intersection of Ocean Park Blvd. The legendary Christmas Run 5K and 10K will run south from Santa Monica, down the world famous Venice Boardwalk, meander onto the scenic streets of Venice and finish at the iconic Venice Pavilion. . . Bring the whole family and all your friends to Santa Monica on Saturday, December 9 to kick off the holidays with 6,000 of your friends, family, neighbors and fellow runners. General Information 6:00 am – Registration 7:30 am – 5K Starts 8:00 am – 10K Starts 10:00 am – Kids Fun Run Starts . Awards What says holidays more than Santa, Mrs. Claus, Reindeer and Elves!?! We encourage everyone to dress up in their favorite holiday costume and we’ll have fantastic awards for the best individual, family, and group costumes! Out of ideas? Let us help! In the past we have seen Santa, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, snowmen, presents, Christmas trees, stockings, and even the grinch. Be creative. After all, creativity wins! .. Venice has a team! Add yourself to TEAM VENICE when you register on www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=39930&fQuery&z=1488492264290. . Visit christmasrun.com for more info.