Inaugural Run Run Santa 1 Mile sells out, features 500 running Santas


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Some of the Santas ran with their dogs.

photo by jill gaines

David Kilgore and Kaitlin Donner were the winners in the inaugural Run Run Santa 1 Mile. 

Kilgore, a 25-year-old resident of Palm Bay, was the top male runner with a time of 4 minutes, 46.7 seconds. Donner, a 27-year-old Melbourne resident, was the top female runner in 5:02.5. 

The inaugural race, which took place at 7:30 a.m. Christmas Eve, was a slam-dunk success according to race director Brittany Streufert who said the 500-participant limit sold out. 

Included in the $30 registration fee were short-sleeved Santa outfits. Mike Acosta and Viera Pizza, who also conduct the popular Eat My Crust 5K in May, were the sponsors. 

The race started with an Invitational Mile for elite runners. To qualify, male runners needed a sub 18-minute 5K and female runners needed a sub 20-minute 5K. 

The general race started two minutes later. 

The course ran from Stadium Parkway at the corner of Veteran's Way and ran south, turning right onto Judge Fran Jamieson Way and right on Breslay Drive to the finish line. 

“Run Run Santa 1 Mile is the only road race in Brevard County devoted exclusively to the Mile. We picked this distance because recent studies show the Mile is the ideal fitness distance for everybody, regardless of age or ability. We knew it could have great appeal to families all around, especially when everyone would be dressed like Santa Claus,” Streufert said. 

“Calvary Chapel was a great host location and we were proud to present them with a donation on Christmas Eve to their 412 Youth Ministry Missions Outreach,” Streufert said. 

The second annual race is already scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. Registration opens on July 1, with a goal of at least 1,000 runners. 

“If last year is any indication to its popularity, you better mark your calendars to get registered this summer,” Streufert said. VV

To see all of the race results, visit the Running Zone's website.