The 12k’s of Christmas® is much more than a race. Yes, there will be awards for the fastest runners in the 12k and 6k run/walk events (1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age category), but at this run Santa Paws has a doggie bag full of Christmas gifts that we’ll be giving out as prizes for the Most Christmas Spirit, Best Christmas- themed Running Outfit, and Cutest Pet. That’s right - your best friend is welcome to come run with you at the 12k’s of Christmas®. Along with a 12k and 6k run/walk, there will also be a 1.2k Santa “Sled run/walk”, a fun activity for families and kids. Wear Santa Hats, dress up the kids as Elves, put costumes on your pets, and decorate your bikes, wagons and strollers. Santa Paws has lots of prizes!!! Join us for this unique family festival celebrating health, fitness and the joy of Christmas. There will be Christmas Carolers in the park and at every “k” along the race route, plus a Christmas Bazaar showcasing Christmas-related items and a Santa’s "Pet" Village where Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and other local rescue groups will be on hand for families looking to find a new furry friend. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.