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Arlington Hts. Santa Run draws more than 2,000

Runners leave the starting line during Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Runners leave the starting line during Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Rich Daubert is the first runner to complete Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Rich Daubert is the first runner to complete Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Jennifer Benitez of Carol Stream is the first woman to finish Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Jennifer Benitez of Carol Stream is the first woman to finish Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Tommy Wagner, 3, of Mount Prospect is seated on the shoulders of his dad, Ken, following Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights. Tommy turns four on Christmas Day.

Tommy Wagner, 3, of Mount Prospect is seated on the shoulders of his dad, Ken, following Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights. Tommy turns four on Christmas Day.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Runners leave the starting line during Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Runners leave the starting line during Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Runners wait for the sound of the starter’s pistol during Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Runners wait for the sound of the starter's pistol during Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Runners approach the finish line during Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Runners approach the finish line during Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Hazel Nadal, 4, of Arlington Heights walks with her mom, Lydia, prior to Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

Hazel Nadal, 4, of Arlington Heights walks with her mom, Lydia, prior to Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

About 2,000 Santas participated in Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

About 2,000 Santas participated in Saturday's 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

 

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report
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More than 2,000 Santas gave a festive feel to downtown Arlington Heights Saturday morning as the town's Rotary chapter held its annual Santa Run.

The weather was perfect as Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder officialy launched the run at 10 a.m. at Campbell and Dunton streets. Among the 2,012 runners in the 5K race, Rich Daubert was the first man to cross the finish line and Jennifer Benitez was the first woman.

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