Run Run Santa One Mile a new holiday tradition


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An unidentified participant competes in the Las Vegas Great Santa Run Dec. 5, 2015 in Nevada.It’s going to be quite a sight: 500 runners streaming through Viera in Santa outfits competing in the first ever Run Run Santa One Mile. 

The unique short event (most races start at 5K) will begin at 7:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Dec. 24. All participants must wear supplied short-sleeved Santa outfits, including shorts, hat, beard and belt. 

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

Race director Brittany Streufert got the idea after competing in a similar but longer race in Vermont. 

“I participated in a 5K and couldn’t believe how much fun it was. What’s great is that Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year so that really ties it to the whole Santa Claus/Christmas theme of the race,’’ she said. 

“It’s not a long distance so you can do the Santa Run, get your finisher medal and go last-minute Christmas shopping,’’ he said. 

Elite runners can compete in an invitational mile. Male runners must have a sub- 18 minute 5k and female runners must have a sub 20-minute 5K or equivalent to be considered. 

“They will start two minutes before the rest of the field so they can go all out and go as fast as they can,’’ she said. 

Santa suits are included in the $30 registration fee. Proceeds from the event go to the teen mission at Calvary Chapel. 

The sponsors are Viera Pizza and Mike Acosta, who had worked with Streufert for five years with the Eat My Crust 5K, which hit 1,000 participants this year. 

“We know that everyone likes a good race and the Run Run Santa One Mile is a race the entire family can enjoy: little kids can do this race, adults, walkers, runners. It’s all encompassing and I think it’s a great way to start the holiday festivities. You can just imagine 500 Santas running down Stadium Parkway. It’s going to be pretty funny,’’ she said.  

For more information, call 321-412-1830.