The 34th annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, a 5K and 10K event benefiting the non-profit Partners in Malawi, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10.

The run begins at the beach in Santa Monica, winds through the trendy neighborhoods of Venice, and down the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Organizers say the run has become one of the largest holiday running events in the Los Angeles area, with a wide range of participants each winter from international caliber runners to costumed walkers.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday costume and awards will be presented for the best individual and group costumes.

Day-of-event registration will begin at 6 a.m. The 10K is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. at 2600 Barnard Way in Santa Monica, followed by the 5K at 9:15 a.m. and a kids fun run at 10:15 a.m.

The registration fee is $45 for the 5K and 10K events, and $20 for the kids fun run.

Each year the Christmas Run works with a charitable partner. This year, in an effort to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research and treatment, the proceeds from the 2011 event will go to Partners in Malawi.

Partners in Malawi is a non-profit organization that has built a HIV/AIDS treatment center in Malawi, an African nation with a 1 in 5 infection rate in urban areas.

Partners in Malawi has focused its resources in Sub-Sahara Africa, which according to the group is currently the home of two out of every three people infected with HIV in the world.

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