The 2016 Rotary Santa Run
Now in its ninth year, the Rotary Santa Run in Arlington Heights has grown into one of the most popular events on the community calendar. It is again taking place the first Saturday in December, on the 3rd, and approximately 2,500 Santas are expected to participate. The 5K run/walk, or 1-mile walk, steps off at 10:00 a.m. amidst festive Christmas music and holiday cheer. Beforehand, there is also a four-block reindeer run for kids 10 and under. A post-run party will begin right near the finish line, too.
Santa is a great representative of the spirit of giving each Christmas, and a couple thousand neighbors and friends amplify this spirit when they don the five-piece Santa suit for the Rotary Santa Run. Proceeds and sponsorships for the day enable Rotary to make a difference, locally and globally, all year long. The Arlington Heights Noon Rotary is contributing toward the global eradication of polio, and this past year helped with hands-on building projects in Guatemala, Peru, and Pakistan. This is a Rotary Club that embodies a foundational value of “service over self”. Locally, the club has recently awarded over $20,000 in grants to 19 different organizations.
It is truly a spectacular sight when the red and white pack of 2,500 Santas are off and running in downtown Arlington Heights. Please consider being one of these Santas this year. Registration is open at rotarysantarun.org through November 30th, with early discount registration rates now. The week of the Rotary Santa Run, registrations can be taken at the packet pick-up locations.
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