Mistletoe Run

Run.Walk.Stop Childhood Obesity.

Mistletoe-Logo-e1348845603441The Mistletoe Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run date is coming this December. Join us Saturday, December 3 for the 33rd Annual Event.

The Mistletoe Run is a great way to start the holiday season! Our Mistletoe 5K runners travel through Winston-Salem’s beautiful Buena Vista neighborhood, while the half marathon course will continue through the Graylyn International Conference Center, Reynolda House and Gardens, through Reynolda Village, onto Wake Forest University’s campus, then circle back around to the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA.

It’s sure to be another amazing run! While the Mistletoe Run is a popular family event with a 31 year history, it is also a sanctioned race for serious runners.

To get access to pictures from this year’s event, click here.

Race Date:  December 3, 2016
Registration: coming later this year
Race Day Registration: Starts at 6:30am and ends promptly at 7:30am
Race Start:  8:00am (Fun Run), 8:20am (Half Marathon), 8:30am (5K)

Questions? Contact mistletoe@ymcanwnc.org

Our Goal

Our goal is not only to raise awareness of this problem, but also to fund childhood obesity programs that we know work. The YMCA’s Healthy, Fit and Strong program (formerly P.A.C.E.S) helps families understand and make healthier lifestyle and eating choices. Healthy, Fit and Strong has reached over 3,000 kids in our community so far. Included in this program is nutritional education for parents of obese children. The YMCA also provides an after-school physical activity curriculum and fitness classes for the entire family.

All of the net funds raised by the Mistletoe Run will go toward fighting childhood obesity. We need your support, now more than ever.

Thank You To Our Presenting Sponsor



When and where can I pick up my packet?

Participants can pick up their packets and late register at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA located at 775 West End Boulevard, Winston-Salem:

Friday, December 2: 12:00-7:30pm

Limited registrations and packet pick-up available Saturday, December 3 (race day!) 6:30am to promptly 7:30am. Pre-race packet pick-up is strongly encouraged.

How do I register?

Registration coming later this year

Can I register on Race Day?

Registration is extremely limited on Race Day (Saturday, December 3). On the day of the event, we will hold registration in heated, lit tents outside the Y from 6:30 am ending promptly at 7:30 am. We will not be able to register participants after that time. We don’t want to eliminate those options for people who travel to participate, but hope locals will stop by the Y on Thursday or Friday.

Where does the entry fee go?

Once we pay for our race expenses, 100% of all monies netted go back into our community to help fight childhood obesity through various programs.

What is included in the race packet?

All special offers from race sponsors and other info will be included when you pick up your bib in person. Click here for the Information Sheet – with details on parking, water stops, post race party and more.

running-man-womanCan I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers, please email us at mistletoevolunteer@ymcanwnc.org

What type of shirt is included?

We are proud to offer a technical t-shirt from Champion. Stay tuned to see the design.

Will you have gear check?

Yes, volunteers from our presenting sponsor Bell, Davis & Pitt, Attorneys and Counselors at Law will provide complimentary gear check. You can drop off bags at a clearly-marked tent on the grassy knoll outside the Y (right next to day-of registration). Volunteers will monitor your belongings during the race in a secure area.

Where can I park?

Please click here for details. Thanks to our community partners for lending us their space for the day!

Should I arrive early to park?

Yes! Space in each generously-donated lot is limited, so please come prepared for a little bit of a walk. The spots closest to the start line fill up fast.

Are there bathrooms available?

Restrooms, changing and shower facilities are available at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA. Port-a-Johns will also be available at the start/finish line, outside the YMCA, as well as located on the half marathon course.

Are there Water Stops on the course?

We’ve partnered with Twin City Track Club to ensure we have adequate water stops throughout the race. Water Stops will remain open until the last participant completes the course.

Is there a Course Map?

Click here for the Half Marathon map and the 5K map here.

Is there an Elevation Map?

Click here for the Half Marathon elevation map and the 5K elevation map here.

Where is the start line?

The start line is at the intersection of Clover Street and West End Boulevard (at the official entrance to Hanes Park), about a block from the entrance to the Y.

How long will the course be open and will it be marked?

The course will be open 4.5 hours and will be marked.

Is there a Post Run Party?

Yes, yes, yes! Come for the Run …but stay for some FUN sponsored by Champion! Free for kids of all ages. Join us in the William G. White, Jr. YMCA gym, as well as under the tent in the West End Parking Lot, for DJ Lookabill, food, and fun! Award ceremony for 5K at 9:30am and the half marathon awards at 11:15am. Half marathoners receive finisher medals at the finish line.

Are there awards?

Awards will be given out after each race. Estimated awards ceremony (being held outdoors by the stage in Y parking lot) having a start time for Fun Run and 5K at 9:30am and 11:15am for the Half Marathon. No duplicate awards will be given. Sorry, we do not ship awards.

Fun Run Awards:
Award will be given to the Overall top male & female of the Fun Run. Age division awards: 5-6, 7-8

5K Awards:
Awards will be given to the Overall top 3 male & females of the 5K. Age division awards; 7 & under, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.

Half Marathon Awards:
Awards will be given to the Overall top 3 male & females of the Half Marathon. Age division awards; 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.

mentor-kidsIs there Childcare?

Available for any children over 3 months of age from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Parents must pre-register if the child is under 3 years old, so please call the Welcome Center at 721-2100 ext 2062 to reserve a spot.

Will there be food available?

We are excited to offer healthy post-race fuel including fare such as water, fruit, and bagels, in addition to healthy soups this year. The Y stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and we represent those values in everything we do – including the food options we offer at Y events.

Any suggestions for out of town race participants?

We are so excited you’re here! Winston-Salem has a lot to offer. Our Y is located near downtown Winston-Salem, with tons of great restaurants and other attractions. Click here for a list of local hotels, restaurants and things going on the weekend of Mistletoe. Visit the Downtown association website for more info. The Visit Winston-Salem website also has a ton of great options of stuff to do while you’re in town. Old Salem is another unique attraction in our area. When booking a hotel, you will have to drive from most locations – but anything downtown, near Old Salem or Brookstown area, or Cloverdale Shopping Center is a safe bet. We’re happy to answer specific questions if that helps.

Any other questions?

We can’t wait to see you on race day! If you have additional questions or need more info, please email us at mistletoe@ymcanwnc.org


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