Stanley Park will be a sea of red and green next month when hundreds of people dressed as Santa and his elves show up to shuffle for charity.
Registrations are now open for the Salvation Army’s 29th annual Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk taking place across 37 cities in Canada on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Vancouver’s race starts and finishes at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, giving participants a chance to take in the beautiful views as they run, jog or walk along the Stanley Park Drive route. The event features a five-kilometre fun run and a one-kilometre walk.
Afterwards, race-goers are invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch, music, and prizes.
The holiday-themed fun run raises much-needed funds for the Salvation Army’s programs and services.
Angela Rafuse, national race director, encouraged people to get involved, saying it “isn’t your typical race.”
“People of all ages and skill-sets come dressed in creative festive attire for a day of fun to help support struggling individuals and families and their community,” she said.
“The energy of the event is contagious. Everyone is so happy to take part and support The Salvation Army.”
Kelly Bozdog, who participated for the first time last year, said the event is a rewarding experience.
“It was great to see hundreds of people coming together in the spirit of Christmas to help those in need,” she said.
Over the past 10 years, and in partnership with Running Room Ltd., the Santa Shuffle has raised more than $5.8 million dollars for the Salvation Army.
All proceeds from Vancouver’s event go towards supporting the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light Centre on the Downtown Eastside. The service has been helping people struggling with addiction and those experiencing homelessness for the past 65 years. The charity offers community meals, 24-hour and overnight shelters, withdrawal management, residential addiction treatment, a correctional halfway house, low-income housing and much more.
Other events are taking place in B.C. in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Victoria. To participate in your local Santa Shuffle, register online.
Registration closes Dec. 4.
When:Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Check in 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park
Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for youth (12 and under) – register here.
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