This December, grab your Santa hat, your running shoes, and your best fake beard and join the largest Kona 5k fun run on the Big Island: the 14th annual Hawai‘i Jingle Bell Beach Run! Join thousands of jolly participants as you enjoy the beautiful course historically known as the “Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast” on the scenic shores of Kailua-Kona village, running in the footsteps of both Hawaiian royalty and modern Ironman Triathletes.
Fun in the Sun
The inaugural Jingle Bell Beach Run in 2005 was designed to be a fun, active way to kick off the week before Christmas. Now in its 14th year, this popular race is fun for the whole family thanks to its casual and relaxed atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and festive events. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, the 5k race starts at 7:30 am on December 16, 2018. Runners will gather beside scenic Kailua Bay at the Coconut Grove Marketplace and then hit the course up and down Ali`i drive in full costume (optional, of course). The road is relatively flat with only a few small inclines, and trees provide some shade from the morning sun. An aid station is located at the halfway point for any who require it.
Following the 5k, a Keiki Dash for kids 6 and under is held on the sand at 8:30am, with 100 and 200-yard events. Entry is free and parents can accompany their kids on the course (Keiki sign-up opens the morning of the race). Early registration for the 5k begins August 1, 2018 and costs $25.
Jingle Bell Beach Run Festivities
Runners are encouraged to participate in their best Santa or holiday costumes, with prizes awarded to the best and most creative. Top finishers also receive awards, and raffle prizes after the race offer up the chance to go home with even more prizes. Plus, all participants get a stylish shirt to commemorate the experience, which is sure to be a memory of a lifetime.
Kona Coast Vacations is proud to feature an extensive lineup of beautiful and luxurious vacation homes all along the Kona coast, many conveniently located close to the race course on historic Ali`i Drive in downtown Kona. For the ultimate Hawaiian holiday, why not spend your December break with us, relaxing by the pool, enjoying the warm ocean, and trying out that new Santa track suit? Browse our listings and conveniently check availability online today, and we’ll see you at the finish line in December!