A great new holiday tradition – take on the 12Ks of Christmas challenge to earn a festive finisher medal and a craft beer at Kinsmen Brewing Company. Whether tackling the challenge with a team or taking it on solo, participants in the 12Ks can decide their goal and keep motivated this holiday season! Run and/or walk up to 12 kilometers a day (7.5 miles a day) for 12 straight days and accomplish all 144 kilometers (89.5 miles)!

NEW this year, the Blue Back Mitten Run in-person 5K race falls in the middle of the 12Ks of Christmas holiday challenge! Use the Mitten Run to earn miles for Day 5 of the 12 day goal – Plus, everyone who participates in 12Ks of Christmas and Blue Back Mitten Run will receive $5 in holiday bucks to spend in the Shop.


Set a goal and run and/or walk up to 12 kilometers each day for 12 straight days. Enter your mileage in your haku participant account and check the individual or team leaderboard to see where you stand! Each day, HMF will also be giving away great prizes – details coming soon!

Register and log activities between Wednesday, December 1, and Sunday, December 12, to be tracked on the live leaderboard. Activities that require conversions will need to be manually converted and submitted DETAILS

Challenge Benefits:

  • Custom 12Ks of Christmas festive finisher medal
  • Chance to win awesome prizes each day of the challenge:
    • 12 Days of Giveaways
  • Intuitive Tracking & ToolKit
    • Advanced wearable technology mileage tracking
    • Downloadable conversion chart for activities
    • Custom Holiday playlist curated by the professionals at Powerstation Events
  • Virtual Race Enhancements
    • Digital race bib
    • Customizable finisher certificate
  • Kinsmen Brewing Company Beer (Age 21+)
    • Redeemable only during Kinsmen Brewing Company Medal Pickup Party: 12/12/21, 10 AM – 12 PM

Registration fee is $25 per participant.

This event gives participants the flexibility to participate when and where it is convenient. As such, there are no refunds and no deferments for virtual events.


To celebrate the holidays, HMF and Fleet Feet Hartford will be rewarding participants with prizes! DETAILS


Each participant will receive a custom 12Ks of Christmas festive finisher medal. Participants can pick up their medal at several locations during the challenge. Those that don’t pick up will be mailed their medal after the challenge has concluded.

Holiday themed long-sleeve shirts and hoodies for adults, youth and toddlers for sale in the HMF Shop.

Medal Pickup Dates & Times:

  • Blue Back Mitten Run Packet Pick Up: Sunday, December 5: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Fleet Feet West Hartford: Thursday, December 9: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Kinsmen Brewing Company: Sunday, December 12: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Run your final miles on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail located adjacent to the brewery, and then celebrate with friends inside afterwards!
    • Free Beer for all registered participants (Age 21+)


Kids are encouraged to get out and run, hop, skip or jump 1K each of the 12 days of the challenge to earn their finisher ornament (no specific distance per day required). How many days can they make it?!

Race benefits:

      • Miles the Tortoise finisher ornament
      • Customized BIB
      • Customized Finisher Certificate

Registration fee is $15 per kid.

Visit the 12Ks ToolKit to check out the live leaderboard and to learn how to submit each activity!