2023 Spirit of Giving 5K Event Details

This is a fun holiday event for the serious and not-so-serious runners and walkers. Local businesses will be open, so bring your ID and debit card and enjoy an after-run meal and beverage. Bring your friends and family and create a running Santa, Elf, Grinch, or anything group. Get in the Spirit and learn about the 2023 Spirit of Giving 5k details here!

Race Packet Pickup:

Early bib pickup is available at the ShadowChase Running Club Office (1325 11th Street Modesto, CA 95354) on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Race day bib pickup from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Start times:

Saturday, December 9th, 2023
5K starts at 8:30 AM. Kids Fun Run starts at 9:45 AM.

5K Run Awards:

Medals 3 deep in 5-year age groups male and female.

Age Groups are 0 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 19, and 5-year age groups thereafter until 80+ male and female.

Kids Free Fun Run:

Informally known as the “Help Santa give the Grinch a Heart,” kids run. We need kids young and younger to help Santa give the Grinch a heart and save Christmas. Medals for all our little heroes 10 years and younger. Free pictures with Santa and the Grinch. The fun run will not be timed.

Boys or Girls Bicycle Drawing:

Kids, bring one canned food item to the kid’s fun run and receive a ticket for the drawing of a FREE KIDS BICYCLE!! One male and one female winner will be drawn.


Bring canned food or non-perishable food item and win a great raffle prize. Raffle tickets are given out on a per item basis. One food item = one ticket. 10 items =10 tickets, to a maximum of 10 tickets per person.

Canned food donation also gets you access to a free movie at Brenden Theaters. This year’s movie will be determined soon.


All 5K registrants will receive a quality tech shirt. Again this year, adult men’s and women’s shirts with expanded sizes of XS – 3X for men and XS – 2X for women. Groups of 10 or more adults will receive a $5 discount off each adult group member’s entry fee.

Group Registrations:

Group registrations are now open for Private Teams with 10 or more adult members. To register a team, the Team Captains must sign up their team, assign the team name and enter a team password. This team password can be shared with team members who then sign up on their own using the password. If a team fails to reach the 10 member minimum by 12/1, the team discount will be forfeited,and team members will be required to pay the non-discounted entry fee, an additional $5 per member.


Proceeds benefit the Parks and Recreation Neighborhood Scholarship Program (Leisure Bucks) for children of low income families, seniors and disabled citizens, as well as the Modesto Gospel Mission. All donated canned food items will go to the Modesto Gospel Mission Pantry.

Register today for the 2023 Spirit of Giving 5K Run/Walk!