Ontario 5K Reindeer Run!

Thank you for participating! See you in 2024!


We're turning it loose; put on those 5K shoes!

The City of Ontario is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Annual 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph's Dash Fun Run. The race continues to evolve into a community and family event with over 4,000 participants and growing! The City of Ontario has joined efforts with the Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars, an award-winning program designed to assist Ontario-Montclair youth by helping them prepare for their journey toward a college education.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to their program and the City's Empowerment Scholarship, which allows Ontario community members from low-income backgrounds to participate in recreation activities, classes, and programs that will enrich their lives. The City is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for all our community members to thrive.

The 5K Reindeer Run will begin and end in downtown Ontario! The 5K Reindeer Run is the perfect race for runners of all levels! Participants can run or walk, or families and friends may participate together. 

The family-friendly Rudolph’s Dash begins at the Start/Finish line of the 5K Reindeer Run. Kids can run or walk this shorter course, or families may participate together. Rudolph’s Dash is geared toward younger participants, families with strollers, or anyone who wants to join the race! Join us after the race at Rudolph's Roundup Area, where kids can participate in exercise activities and craft booths!

Join the fun!



2023 Medals!

Thank you to our Sponsors!









Race Info

Registration Dates & Fees

Race August 1 - November 3 November 4 - December 15 Day of Registration
5K Reindeer Run $35 $40 $45
Rudolph's DASH $5 $5 $15

Packet Pick-Up

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Ontario Town Square, 224 N. Euclid Avenue

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Runners can only pick up race packets for themselves or their immediate children. A photo ID will be required.

Did we mention there will be FREE photos with a special guest, Santa! 

Race Day Information

Saturday, December 16, 2023

7:00 AM - Check-in (5K Reindeer Run & Rudolph Dash) 
7:45 AM - Mascot Run
8:00 AM - Rudolph's DASH
8:30 AM - 5K Reindeer Run BEGINS!

Awards will follow the race at Ontario Town Square, 224 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. 


Free parking is allowed on public streets and in city-owned parking lots


Team Award - The fastest-timed team based on the top 4 finishers per team

Santa's Spirit Award - Individual, couple, or group that exhibits enthusiasm in perseverance and attitude (i.e., running for a specific cause)

Funky Frosty Award - Individual, couple, or group dressed in creative, novel off beat fashion apparel

Holiday Hound Award - Best dressed holiday pooch!

Promise Scholars

Promise Scholars Is Where…

the community comes together to strengthen our region by encouraging our students to pursue an education after high school. Educators, businesses, and local leaders come together to introduce students and parents to the opportunities available after high school and make sure students get on the education pathway to achieve their goals. When we help them become successful and contributing adults, our entire region benefits from a brighter, more productive future.

In the 2022-2023 School Year:


Students K-16 from Ontario-Montclair Served


Parents/families served through presentations and outreach


Volunteers provided College-going Social Capital


In scholarships provided


Students to attend Chaffey College, Cal Poly Pomona, CSUSB, Mt. SAC, University of La Verne, CSUs, UCs, and Private Universities


The Promise Scholars initiative is a partnership between the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Chaffey Joint Union High School District along with Chaffey Community College, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, Cal Poly Pomona, and the University of La Verne. Promise Scholars works closely with City of Ontario, Inland So.Cal Empire United Way, and local businesses to help students achieve their college and career dreams. Promise Scholars is one of the first universal, comprehensive college-going programs of its kind in San Bernardino County.

In 2013, Promise Scholars received the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award of Excellence and recently was selected by the Bill & Melinda Grants Foundation to take part in their “To and Through” Advising Challenge Initiative.

College access is supported by a promise of scholarship assistance for all OMSD students who finish high school through the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and go on to one of the partner colleges. The Promise Scholars Scholarship is for OMSD students graduating from a CJUHSD high school in 2016 and all successive OMSD students, who attend one of these higher education institutions. The Promise Scholars also includes a commitment to help students as they progress from elementary to middle to high school, and then on to college, with field trips to colleges, parent presentations, college fairs, and assistance with college applications and financial aid forms. Promise Scholars works closely with the City of Ontario to implement Ontario's Community College Promise Program, which provides two years of tuition to any California Community College.

While students continue to require the basics of a K-12 education, Promise Scholars will ensure more students have access to higher education and technical training so they have the skills to be prepared for the future, for themselves, their families, and their community. Advanced education and technical skills, means a more prepared workforce, which impacts higher-wage job development in the region. The bottom-line is that access to college benefits us all, and this work is a necessary part of preparing our communities for the future.

To learn more about Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars, visit their website at www.PromiseScholars.org

Ontario Empowerment Scholarship

The Empowerment Scholarship Program provides Ontario community members from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to participate in recreation activities, classes, and programs that will enrich their lives. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for all our community members to thrive. This program makes it possible for Ontario residents to be positively impacted through recreation services and have it extend back to their families, schools and community. 

Formerly the Youth Empowerment Scholarship (Y.E.S.!), the Empowerment Scholarship Program has funded over 1,000 children since 2014. This year, the program has expanded to include community members of all ages. Scholarships can be used towards any activities and classes that the City of Ontario Recreation & Community Services Department offers, including Lifeguard certification courses. A large portion of the 5K Reindeer Run net proceeds contributes to this program. To find out more about this program, or to donate to the fund, please visit www.OntarioCA.gov/Recreation or call (909) 395-2020.

Sponsorship Opportunities & Sponsors

Become a Sponsor!

We have many great opportunities this year for our sponsorships and marketing. 

This is a great opportunity to showcase your organization to more than 3,000 on-site customers and thousands more with our other packages, including website and social media promotion.

Please view our Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities brochure below or call (909) 395-2507 for more information.  

Race Results

Stay tuned for the updated race results. Thank you in advance for attending this year's 5K Reindeer Run, and congratulations to all participants!

To view the 2023 Race Results, please click here.


How do I register?
Register at Ontarioca.gov/Registration.

How do I know if I am registered?
After you complete the registration process through the CivicRec system, you will be able to print out a receipt for your records. There will also be a transaction number on your receipt for verification purposes. If you have any questions on your registration, you can contact us using the form below, or at (909) 395-2020.

There is an error on my confirmation email. What should I do?
Contact us using the form below or email RecreationInfo@OntarioCA.gov 

When and where do I pick up my race packet?
Packet information can be found on our Race Info section.

I am injured, pregnant, or no longer able to attend the race. Can I get a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable.

Can I give/sell my registration to another person?
Yes. You will need to send a letter notifying us that you are allowing us to change your registration to another designated participant. The new participant MUST fill out a registration form and mail it to us by all registration deadlines. If you transfer your registration without notifying race personnel, the new participant assumes all liability.

Can I walk the race?
Sure! You can run, walk, jog, wog ….whatever floats your boat!

How many water stations will you have?
We will have 3 water stations available throughout the course.

Where do I park on race day? Is there a fee?
Free parking is allowed on public streets and in city-owned parking lots.

Can I run with ….my pet ….my baby stroller?
Strollers and pets are permitted; however, we ask that pets be secured on a leash and that if you are running with either one of the above, you give priority to runners when at the starting line. For safety reasons, no bicycles, roller skates, scooters or inline skates are permitted.

Can someone join me on my run?
No. All runners are required to register and sign a liability waiver.

Will there be gear check available for extra items?
More information about gear check will be coming soon!

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