These Santas participated in last year’s inaugural Santa Suit Fun Run at The Streets of West Chester. Provided photo
The Streets of West Chester will soon be overrun with Santa Claus’ of all shapes, sizes and genders.
Joining them will rein-dogs, elves and other holiday characters participating in the second annual Santa Suit Fun Run set for 11 a.m., Dec. 15, at the shopping center, 9465 Civic Center Boulevard, off Union Centre Boulevard, near the I-75 exit.
The 5K run/walk serves as a fundraiser for Reach Out Lakota, a food and clothing pantry that serves families in the Lakota Local Schools.
“The Santa Suit Fun Run is a great family event that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit,’’ said Paul Heintz, organizer and Mojo Running owner.
“It’s not just the kids faces that light up when they see Santa, but you see adults smiling from ear-to-ear as they see friends and neighbors dressed in a Santa outfit.”
The first 600 to register will get a five-piece Santa suit. All others will get a knit beanie hat with the running Santa logo.
Along with the 11 a.m. race, will be two contests, with judging for both at 10:15 a.m., on Oxford Way, across from Barnes and Noble.
This rein-dog participated in last year’s inaugural Santa Suit Fun Run. Provided photo
The first is the Rein-dog competition with the following categories: best rein-dog, most festive, best paired costume between owner and dog, and best Santa-dog.
The second competition, Mojo Santa Decorating Contest, is for humans. Categories are: best dressed Santa, best Santa group, best Santa you for those ages 14 and younger, and best representation of the Mojo logo.
Cost is $35 if registered by Dec. 6, or $40 after that, including race day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.. The cost is $15 for children ages 12 and under.
A children’s Little Elf run through the shopping plaza begins at 11:45 p.m., Heintz said. Participants in the Little Elf race will get a Santa’s helper t-shirt while supplies last.
Following the race there will be caroling, Christmas cookies, pictures with Santa and activities through 1 p.m. Merchants will offer discounts all day.
Registration packets can be picked up in advance on Dec. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mojo Running, 8777 Cincinnati-Dayton Road; or Dec. 14, from 4-8 p.m. at the Streets of West Chester. They can also be picked up race day, beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Racers and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items for Reach Out Lakota.
A training group for the race leave’s Mojo Running, 8777 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, at the following times: Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, 8 a.m.; Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.; and Dec. 7, 8 a.m.
Registration/information: www.registrationspot.com, www.runmojo.com, or 513-942-5005.
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