Calling All Runners and Santa Wannabes

Put on your running shoes and get ready for the 5th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Dec. 5, 2009. This event helps raise money for Opportunity Village and is aimed at breaking the world record for the largest Santa Claus gathering.

This year the festivities are being held at Town Square. Check is in at 8 a.m. and the 5k run/walk starts at 10 a.m. There is also a 1-mile walk around Town Square for the more casual walker/ runner. Even if you don’t feel like walking or running you can still register and be a part of the event. Booths will be set up at Town Square on December 5 where you can sign a book and be counted for the Guinness World Record attempt.

Photo by Digital Kitten

Photo by Digital Kitten

The Santa Run is an all-ages event. People are encouraged to bring children and strollers are welcome. Registration is $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Day of registration is $45. The registration fee includes a five-piece Santa suit, race bib and gifts from various Vegas vendors including a ticket to the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village. You can register as an individual or team. Visit here to register or any PT’s Tavern or Sierra Gold location in Vegas.

This event is one of many around the world competing for the title. Manchester, Tasmania, Hungary, Italy, Canada, Denmark, Dublin and other locations are also hoping to win the title for having the world’s largest Santa gathering. The current world record was set in 2007 with 12,965 participants at the Santa Dash in Derry, Ireland.

Along with the run, this Santa gathering will include a full day of entertainment and activities. Various Vegas headliners and personalities will be on hand to add to the festivities including NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Robin Leach, Zowie Bowie, Strad, Drzhivegas, Yellow Brick Road and of course, Santa Claus. There will also be various contests including Best Dressed Santa, Best Dressed Baby Santa and Best Dressed Doggy.

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit and help raise money for Opportunity Village, a local non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

Visit here for more information about this event.