Registration is Open!

New in 2014: Chip Timing, Walkers Division, Girls on the Run and More!

Christmas City Races - 12-13-14

Christmas City Classic 5-Miler and Candy Cane 5K

December 13, 2014 9:00AM

The Bethlehem Christmas City Classic 5-Miler has been a long standing tradition in the running community. We were voted the most popular themed race in the LVRunning Scene race poll. The Candy Cane 5K has been a huge success and will more than double in registrations in 2014!

Don't forget to wear your red and green or Christmas costumes! It always makes the races so much more interesting and festive. Be sure to check out some of the photos in the slideshow above or visit, our official photographer, to view pictures from years past.

Join about 1250 runners in 2014 in these traditional Bethlehem races!

Sorry But Dogs Are Not Permitted

NEW IN 2014

Race Start 
  • YMCA Bethlehem
  • 430 E. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
  • Race starts and ends at the YMCA
  • Parking maps will be posted in November
Race Courses
Start Time
  • 9:00 AM. All runners and walkers to the start line by 8:55 AM, races start approximately 5 minutes apart
  • Chip Timing! (5M and 5K Racers only, 5K Walkers are not timed)
  • Official Race Photographer -
  • Goodies- while they last
  • Pure Protein Bars
  • T-shirts for all registered runners and walkers
  • Delicious refreshments after the race
  • Fun, festive atmosphere
  • Music at Start/Finish and on course
  • Showers and locker facilities at the YMCA open to all (bring a lock for the locker)
Packet Pick-Up
  • 12 noon - 7pm, Friday, December 12 at 4509 Kathi Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • 7:00am-8:30am, Saturday, December 13 at the YMCA on race morning 
  • 5 Miler Race- $50 top male and female, $35 second male and female + gift
  • 5K Race - $50 top male and female, $35 second male and female + gift
  • Walkers division is not timed or scored (no awards)

Age Groups for both Races (Top 3)

  • 14 and under
  • 15-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+

Show your Christmas spirit and wear a great costume!


Either Race         

  • $25 July 1 through October 31 - online
  • $30 November 1 through November 30 - online
  • $35 December 1 through noon December 10- online
  • $40 Friday, December 12 (The day before race in person. See Registration details)

5K Walk

  • $25 July 1 through noon December 10 - online
  • $30 Friday, December 12 (The day before race in person. See Registration details)

Race and Walk is held in almost any race condition. See weather policy.

You may switch to a different race so long as it is not sold out for a switch fee of $10, but you must switch by December 7, 2014 on (You pay the event fee in effect at the time of the switch.)

You may transfer your registration to another participant for the same event for a transfer fee of $10 but you must complete the transfer by December 7, 2014 on (New registrant pays race fee in effect at time of their registration.)

No race day registration.


Race Director: Rick Weaver,

Race Results



Registration Is Open!

Runners and Walkers

  • Online Registration via up until noon, December 10, 2014.
  • In Person Registration on Friday, December 12 between 12 noon and 7pm at 4509 Kathi Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017 (day before the race)
  • No race day registration.
  • Pure Protein brand protein bars
  • Aardvark Sports Shops
  • Emmaus Run Inn
  • Bethlehem YMCA
  • City of Bethlehem