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Dam Jingle Bell Dash

When: December. 14, 2019 8:30 AM

Where: 500 San Pablo Dam Road, Orinda, CA

We Run, Rain or Shine

This is our 9th Annual Jingle Bell 5K / 10K and Kids Dash to Santa.  A huge event each year with lots of fun and holiday spirit !  We had 100 Dashers to Santa last year and he was thrilled.  Your Pre-Registration packet will be ready on Race Day at the Pre-Registration table.... in a Christmas Stocking we hope you will enjoy!

If Pre-Registration is closed, Race Day Registration will be open at 6:45 am on Race Day and we Run regardless the weather !

You bring the Santa Hat or your Favorite Holiday attire !

We'll have the Bells for your Running Shoes !!

Custom Medals for ALL Finishers plus Medals for 1st through 3rd Place in 5 Year Age Brackets - Plaques for each event's Overall Male & Female Winner, plus Centurion Male & Female 49 & Under and 50 & Over Winners.


5K/10K - Run/Walk and 100 Yard Dash to Santa for the Kids

100 Yard Dashers will go at 10:00 am and all are welcome if they come with a Registered Runner.  Santa was so excited with all the Dashers last year that he promised to take his Reindeer water & fuel break in their Pre-Christmas Night Practice, again at the Reservoir.

Pre-Race Information

Signup Online

Registered to Date

Print Registration Form

Course Description

Map the Route 5k

Map the Route 10k


The race will be on a closed course, beginning at the San Pablo Dam boat launch ramp, at the San Pablo Reservoir located at the Orinda entrance (not the El Sobrante entrance) to the Reservoir. No cars will be allowed into the Reservoir after 8:20 am, the gates will be CLOSED and will not reopen until 9:30 for the safety of our runners.  Remember, 10K starts at 8:30 and 5K at 8:35, so you won't be inconvenienced by the gate closure. 


Same day registration will be from 6:45 am - 8:15 am.


The race will begin at 8:30 am and take place on the scenic old San Pablo Dam Road and trail.  Kids Dash will be at 10:00 when Mom and Dad are back from their 5K/10K.

Click on the Photo Gallery to the left to view The Dam Run Album and experience a little bit of the beauty on the trails of this run. One of the most scenic events in the Bay Area !

Best Directions to the Boat Launch Entrance:

From Orinda (Hwy 24) go west 2.4 miles on Camino Pablo; turn right at the San Pablo Reservoir Boat Launch (Old San Pablo Dam Road) and follow the service road 1.5 miles to parking lots. From I-80 take San Pablo Dam Road Exit; East 8.9 miles on San Pablo Dam road (to the 2nd entrance, close to Orinda, not El Sobrante). Turn left at San Pablo Reservior Boat Launch (Old San Pablo Dam rd.) and follow the service road 1.5 miles to parking lots.