Craven Smart Start Holiday Hustle

Thu December 1 - Mon December 12 New Bern, NC 28560 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
210 E. Front Street
Union Point Park
New Bern, NC US 28560

Working with community partners, Craven Smart Start provides Craven County children with quality early learning opportunities and health and family support to give them a foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond. Proceeds raised from the Holiday Hustle will expand Craven Smart Start’s ability to provide more services for children, birth to five, and their families in Craven County. The Holiday Hustle will feature the Tinsel 10K and Jingle Bell Jog 5K, which take runners on a course through downtown New Bern starting and ending in Union Point Park. The event also includes the Santa Family Fun Run with a course around Union Point Park. All races will be available as a virtual option including the virtual 48.6 mile 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, we introduced in 2020.

Jingle Bell Jog 5K: $25 until Nov. 26/ $30 Nov 27 until race day
Tinsel 10K: $30 until Nov. 26/ $35 Nov 27 until race day
Santa’s Fun Run: $15/ $20 on race day
Virtual 5k & 10k $20
Virtual 48.6 mile 12 Days of Christmas Challenge (this race can be any form of exercise-Running, walking, swimming, biking, elliptical, etc.) $40

$5 per person family discount for in person races (3 or more participants)
Register by Nov. 27 to guarantee T-shirt. 


Registration Fee is NONREFUNDABLE. 

Packet Pick up will be Friday, December 9th from 4-7 at Craven Smart Start, 211-F Neuse Blvd, New Bern or at Union Point Park beginning at 7am the morning of the race.

In-Person Awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, male & female, in age categories 8-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-64 and 65+

All in person registrants will receive a long sleeve performance t-shirt. Available in YS, YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL, AXXL.
All Children 15 and under participating in the Family Fun Run will receive a medal.
Everyone that completes the Virtual 48.6 mile 12 Days of Christmas Challenge will receive a long sleeve performance T-shirt and medal upon completion. Participants of the 5k and 10k virtual run will receive a medal upon completion (no shirt).

Race Contact Info

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Presenting Sponsor
Tinsel 10k
Jingle Bell Jog 5k
Spirit Sponsor
Mistletoe Sponsor
Valued Sponsors

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Craven Smart Start Holiday Hustle.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To

5k and 10k Performance long sleeve t-shirt, included with in-person registration, $5 extra for virtual.  

12 Days of Christmas Challenge Participants will receive a Long Sleeve Performance T-shirt and a medal.




10K Course Map
5K Course Map

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Presenting Sponsor
Tinsel 10k
Jingle Bell Jog 5k
Spirit Sponsor
Mistletoe Sponsor
Valued Sponsors

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