proudly presents the 4th Annual

Children & Families First

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Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 12pm to 3pm | The Starboard, Dewey Beach



The Starboard, 2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach


Cash, Check or Credit/Debit Card + In this season of giving we're gifting you with no price increase for on-site registration! 

$30pp for the Timed 5K

$25pp for the Fun Run/Walk

$10pp for the After Party Only

*kids under 4 years old are FREE!*

What does it mean to #clausforacauseDE?

It means a gathering of THE MOST FESTIVE people you have ever seen running, walking or jingle bell rocking through Dewey Beach and celebrating at The Starboard with a giant post run/walk party that ensure our most vulnerable children are safe, healthy and nurtured. Join us for abundant laughter, camaraderie and Christmas cheer, where 100% of proceeds support Children & Families First, a 501c3 committed to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse and neglect right here in Sussex County.

How can I participate?

Open to elves of all ages and abilities, we offer a choice between two courses

  • Competitive Chip Timed 5K (3.1 miles) Course 

  • Untimed 1 Mile Course with special holiday stations 

Please note, you can run, jog, walk or dance along either course but ONLY the 5K course will be timed for awards.


What's included with registration?

  • A Special Gift for all participants at Check-In (check our Facebook page for the reveal!)

  • A HUUUUUGE after party at the Starboard!

    • Post race buffet of finger foods

    • 1 complimentary drink ticket for those 21+

    • DJ Entertainment

    • 15+ games, activities and crafts for kids

    • The BIG MAN in red himself!

  • Flat, paved and well marked courses with marshalls

  • Opportunity to place for Awards in the 5K

  • Holiday Stations in the Fun Run

  • Opportunity to enter our Costume Contest 

Registration Fees:    REGISTER NOW  

Online registration will be open until 11:45pm on Thursday, December 5th. 

All pricing is for participants ages 5 years to 99 years+.

Children 4 years old & under are FREE and welcome in our after party.

  • Timed Competitive 5K Race = $30 per person online pre-reg. prices increase on-site.

  • Untimed 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk = $25 per person online pre-reg. prices increase on-site.

NEW for 2019! Be a VIP Elf!

It's one thing to wait in line for Santa, but what if we told you there's a way to skip the food and drink lines in our after party!! For only $20 per person you have the option to add a VIP Elf Ticket to you registration, that grants you access to an exclusive food and drink area away from the lines. Limited to 50 lucky elves!

Awards for the 5K Race

Timing for the 5K race will be done by Nova Racing Systems. Results will be posted in the after party and online.

  • Overall Male and Female: Trophy and $50 gift card

  • Overall Male and Female Masters: Trophy and $25 gift card

  • Top 3 Male and Female Age Groups (10year age brackets, 9 & under through 70+): Medals

  • Top 3 Male and Female Walkers: Medals


2019 Course Map​

Races2Run is the Official Race Directors of the 2019 Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run. Both courses will be marked, managed and staffed with volunteer marshals. Event and Race Directors reserve the right to make last minute course changes. All roads will be OPEN.

Click Here for the Map

Costume Contest

A dress to impress kinda day with good reason because there are prizes to be won! Just find our Costume Contest table in the after party, get your picture taken and be entered into the competition!

This year's categories include:

  • Best Decorated Stroller/Wagon (4 years & under)

  • Most Festive Child (5 years to 12 years)

  • Funniest Adult (12 years+)

  • Shiniest & Brightest Adult (12 years+)

  • Most Festive Pair (12 years+)

  • Best Team Theme (12 years+, 4 or more members)

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is packet pick up? On-site packet pick up will begin at 11:00am on race day. 

Where is check in? Check in opens at 11:00am on race day at The Starboard, 2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach

Are strollers allowed? Yes, but if you are using a stroller in the timed 5K we ask that you respectfully stage to the back of the runners. 

Do I have to register a child in a stroller? Nope. Children 4 years old & under are FREE!

Are dogs allowed? No. Service dogs with documentation are the only exception.

Are spectators allowed? Spectators are welcome to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear anywhere along our course!


Can spectators come to the After Party? Spectators must have a Party Only wristband to enter the After Party. These can be purchased online before December 5th or on-site the day of the event.

Weather, Natural Disaster & All Other Potential Grinch-Like Chaos

The Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run is an important fundraiser for 501c3 Children & Families First, with many upfront costs. Therefore, we have a strict and uniform policy of no refunds, no exchanges, no deferrals to a future year. We understand that plans change, injuries happen, and various holiday commitments arise, but, we feel it is most fair to treat everyone the same rather than judging circumstances haphazardly. All purchases and sales are 100% final, no exceptions. Refunds will not be issued based on weather. Our event is rain, sleet, snow or shine. That said, we reserve the right to cancel the event if mandated to do so by emergency management personnel. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your support. 

North Pole Hotline

Have a question we haven't answered? Need help with something pertaining to the race or our agency? Give our Head Elf, Laura Rimmer a jingle at 302-604-6277 or send her a note at Laura.Rimmer@cfffe.org



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