The Rotary Santa Run
It all began with a visitor from England.
In 2007, members of the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights listened to a fellow British Rotarian about a fundraising event they created with local citizens running through their streets all dressed as Santa. The idea was created for Arlington Heights.
Five years later, more than 1,500 runners, walkers and dashers will don 5-piece Santa suits to brighten the streets of Arlington Heights as well as brighten the local and global charities the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights sponsors. From college book scholarships to Thanksgiving dinners to eradicating polio world-wide to assistance in seeking a job to vocational scholarships to clean water in Guatemala to Christmas gifts. The list goes on.
The fun run date is set for Saturday December 1, 2012 and will begin at 10 AM near the intersection of Campbell and Highland Streets in downtown Arlington Heights.
To date, the Rotary Santa Run has raised more than $103,000 with the help of many local business and individuals to make this a must do event that is fun for the whole family or groups of determined friends and colleagues that want to make a difference in their community. Participants come from all over the northwest suburbs, Chicago and several states to be a part of this annual event.
The registration is easy by logging on to www.rotarysantarun.org with convenient dates and locations to pick up your race packet that includes the Santa Suit, a goody bag and your race bib.
Sign up for either the 5K run, a 1-mile Santa Stroll or the Reindeer Dash for kids 10 and under. For those who decide at the last moment, registration tables will be set up at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights early on the day of the run.
You can also follow who is running and updates on the Rotary Santa Run Facebook page!