The annual Salvation Army Santa Shuffle fundraising run returns to the Nickel City this year on Dec. 2, so lace your runners, put on a Santa hat and hit the road for charity.
“The Santa Shuffle began 33 years ago in Edmonton, Alberta, when Running Room members decided to use their passion for running to raise money and support for The Salvation Army and the less fortunate in their community,” a press release on the event states. “In 2001, the Santa Shuffle became a national event offering a 5-km Fun Elf Run and 1-km Elf Walk for all ages and skill levels.”
This year, decked in “festive and funky gear”, Sudburians will be running to support the Salvation Army’s Cedar Place emergency shelter for women and families facing homelessness.
Individuals, employee groups, friends and family areinvited to join either the 5-km or 1-km events. St. John’s Ambulance will be on site to provide support and an extra level of security.
To take part, participants pay a registration fee and collect pledges.
The run will begin at the Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold Pool at Laurentian University on Dec. 2. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. run start time.
All of the funds raised will support the operation of Cedar Place.
Register online at SantaShuffle.ca. The entry fee is $22.50 for youth, $36 for families and $270 for groups.
Volunteers are welcome and needed.