Candy Cane 5K

Events Details

Join Us for the Candy Cane 5K!

This special run is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Runners are encouraged to race in their most festive attire: a super ugly sweater, a Santa outfit—or maybe you and your group dress up as a team of elves or reindeer! Both the top finishers and the top costumes, both individuals and teams of three or more, will receive candy cane themed prizes. All registrants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, candy canes, hot chocolate and marshmallows, Christmas cookies, and the traditional post-race water and bananas.

The Candy Cane 5K is a collaborative event between Cairn University, ChoiceOne, AlphaCare and RUN 12:1 Running Club to raise money for the New Horizon Scholarship Fund at Cairn University. New Horizons is an initiative to provide support to new mothers who chose to give birth even though their educational and career goals would be interrupted by unplanned pregnancy, delivery, and parenthood. Students who receive the full tuition scholarship also receive academic support and a nurturing Christian community as they seek to renew and/or begin their pursuit of undergraduate education.  

The Candy Cane 5K takes place on paved roads throughout the Cairn University campus and surrounding neighborhood streets. There is also a family friendly 1-mile fun run/walk option and a virtual option for those who prefer. You can participate at the 5K or 1-mile event in Langhorne, PA, on Saturday, December 9, or participate virtually from anywhere in the world during the weekend of Thursday, December 7–Sunday, December 10.

5K/1-Mile Details

The Candy Cane 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk raises money for the New Horizons Scholarship Fund. Following is information about the Candy Cane 5K:

Race Information - Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • Course: Paved road race over a rolling terrain course on the Cairn University campus and surrounding neighborhood streets
  • Distance: 5k (3.1 miles) or 1-mile fun run/walk
  • Location: Cairn University, 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047
  • Parking: There will be no parking in lots D or E on race day. Please follow event parking signs to lot C (near the pond) or use the lots on the upper portion of campus
  • Registration: Please complete on-line by Friday, December 8th at noon. Limited on-site registration will be available as space permits
  • Check-in: 9:00am - 9:45am
  • Start Time: The 5K race and 1-mile walk will both start at 10:00am – Rain, snow or shine. 
  • Fee: $30 (pre-registration)/$35 on-site; alumni, faculty & staff $25; Students $15; teams of 3 or more get a $5 discount when registering together.
  • Race Shirts: All participants will receive the custom designed, long sleeve, Candy Cane race-shirt


  • The 5K course starts and ends on the Cairn University Campus. It includes rolling hills and takes place on campus and neighborhood streets. The 5K race is a 2-loop course. The 1-mile fun run is a single loop course.

Divisions/Awards (for 5K only)

  • Top 3 Male / Female Overall Winners
  • Age Group Awards

Christmas Themed Costume Prizes

  • Top 3 individuals
  • Top 3 teams (of 3 or more participants)