Santas Needed for 10th Anniversary of World’s Most Festive Fun Run
Budding Santas rejoice: The world’s most festive fun run is back – for a very special 10th anniversary event.
Held to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice, the Acorns Santa Run on Saturday 3 December will kick-start the festive season as hundreds of ‘dashers’ suit-up as Father Christmas for a Yuletide run around Cannon Hill Park.
Registration for the event is now open for fundraisers to support Acorns and its work caring for life limited and life threatened children and their families across the West Midlands.
Entrants are given a free fancy-dress Santa suit and can take part in a 5km Santa Run or a 2km Santa Stroll for those who want to take things slightly easier
Phillipa Weatherhead, Senior Events Officer at Acorns, said: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Acorns Santa Run and we’re so excited that it’s nearly that time again!
“It’s probably the most Christmassy event out there and it’s an extra special one this year, being the 10th anniversary of the first Acorns Santa Run in Birmingham in 2007.
“There’s loads for the whole family to see and do on the day, including Christmas stalls and carol singers, so all we need now is for lots of speedy Santas to come along and make this the best year yet!”
This year the event includes a ‘Super Santa’ scheme which means any participants who raise £100 or more in fundraising can claim their registration fee back.
Phillipa continued: “The fundraising and sponsorship raised from events like the Santa Run are absolutely vital to provide the support our children need, so join us and help make this an extra special Christmas for those we care for.”
Entry is £20 for adults and £10 for under 16s and includes a Santa suit and a medal. Under 6s are free and although they cannot be given a Santa suit due to size restrictions, they can attend in their own festive fancy dress.
All routes are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs so the whole family can take part. As well as this year’s event at Cannon Hill Park, the run will also be held at Walsall Arboretum on Sunday 3 December.
It costs Acorns almost £10 million per year to continue providing its specialist services, and the charity relies on fundraising from the public for the majority of that amount.