Santas sprint into holiday

Everyone will dress up as Santa for the sixth annual Run Run Santa 1 Mile at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 24. The race will begin at Calvary Chapel Viera.


A Viera tradition returns Christmas Eve as the sixth annual Run Run Santa 1 Mile, featuring runners and walkers in Santa suits, starts at 7:30 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Viera.

Registrants of all ages will don a Florida-style Santa outfit that includes a top, shorts, beard, hat and belt for the family-friendly event, which will begin and end at the church at 2852 Fellowship Place. Past runs have attracted up to 1,000 participants running and walking in Santa gear along Stadium Parkway.

“Last year, we had finishers ages 3 to 92,” race director Brittany Streufert stated. “It's an amazing race that everyone is capable of doing.”

Runners and walkers will receive finisher medals and the event will offer awards and prizes.

This year’s run features a Reindeer Team Competition. Groups of nine friends and family members can register as a team. The top three teams will receive prizes.

A virtual option is available for those unable to participate in person, Streufert stated. “The virtual run is for those that are not ready to come back out or have medical issues that still keep them away from the crowds,” she stated.

Donations from previous Run Run Santa events have benefited organizations in the Viera and Indian River County communities.

For race details and to register, visit the race website at