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Welcome to the 2018 Ri Ra Santa 5K ”Vermont’s Largest all-Santa Race!”

This is a great family event with all participants receiving a Santa suit to be worn during the race. (Santa suits are available in mens, womens, and children’s sizes. If you are under 5’4” and 150 pounds order a children’s Santa suit. Santa suits do tend to run large.)

Anyone not wearing the entire Santa suit will be disqualified.


Race kit pick-up at Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant

123 Church Street, Burlington. VT

Friday, Novmeber 30, 2018 from noon until 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Please note: Someone else may pick up your race kit for you.


Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain is the Official Hotel of the

2018 RiRa Santa 5K and is offering special rates for race

weekend. The room rate is $109 for city view and $115 for

lake view. The Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain located

at Battery Street, in Burlington. VT. To make a reservation

click here or on the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain logo.

RACE DATE: Sunday, December 2, 201RACE START TIMES:

5K Run/Walk - Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 10 a.m.

1K Fun Run - Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.


Race starts at RiRa Irish Pub & Restaurant


The RiRa Santa 5K Race will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018 and start in front of Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant located at 123 Church Street. The course will run through downtown Burlington, Vermont finishing at the Hilton Burlington located at 60 Battery Street.


A post-race breakfast will be served at the Hilton Burlington to all participants courtesy of the Hilton Burlington and Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant.

(Click the map image at right for a detailed map.)

Click here for more race information.

The 2018 Ri Ra’s Santa 5K supports Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

For almost three decades Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has provided a safe, loving place where children from Vermont and New York who have, or have had cancer can play, swim, share, and heal. In short, Camp T-K-T is where kids go to reclaim a childhood robbed by cancer.

At the very beginning Camp was just a great idea without a name. While in the Pediatric Oncology Unit at the hospital discussing the possibility of a camp where "kids with cancer" can just be "kids", one of the children still too young to attend exclaimed in frustration "but I want a camp to come ta!". The name was perfect, and eventually she did get her "Camp Ta-Kum-Ta". Today, she is one of the many survivors volunteering on staff!

Each year Camp Ta-Kum-Ta tries to squeeze in as many life experiences and memories as possible all year long. Along with traditional camp activities such as swimming, athletics, ropes course, and arts & crafts, Ta-Kum-Ta offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as rock climbing expeditions, hot-air balloon rides, formal dances, and lake cruises. During the winter we have winter weekends, where kids go cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and much more.

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta's new home in South Hero, Vermont will enable our children and their families to grow in ways never thought possible. Our new home is beautiful and has the capacity to grow, but it will take a large commitment from the community to make this dream a reality for our special campers who attend Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

For more information about Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, visit or contact:

Hattie Johnson, Director of Development
PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486
Phone: 802-372-5863, Email:

The 2018 Ri Ra’s Santa 5K Race is made possible by these sponsors: