Time for hundreds in Santa outfits to run through downtown Arlington Heights for charity

  • More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus pass the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights during the 15th annual Rotary Santa Run Saturday.

      More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus pass the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights during the 15th annual Rotary Santa Run Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Reindeer Run for kids kicks off Saturday in Arlington Heights.

      Reindeer Run for kids kicks off Saturday in Arlington Heights. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Linda Cussen of Arlington Heights, center, takes a group shot of her friends. More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus trotted through downtown during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run and Reindeer Run for kids Saturday.

      Linda Cussen of Arlington Heights, center, takes a group shot of her friends. More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus trotted through downtown during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run and Reindeer Run for kids Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Grinch and Santa Claus wave to some of the 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run Saturday.

      The Grinch and Santa Claus wave to some of the 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus trotted through downtown during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run Saturday.

      More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus trotted through downtown during the 15th annual Arlington Heights Rotary Santa Run Saturday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 12/3/2022 5:47 PM

More than 1,500 runners dressed as Santa Claus ran through downtown Arlington Heights Saturday for the 15th annual Rotary Santa Run.

A children's Reindeer Run kicked off the day's races at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 5K starting from the corner of Campbell Street and Highland Avenue.

 

The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. As of Thursday morning, 1,417 runners had registered for Saturday's event. There was also a 1-mile route for those who wanted to walk.

The attendance eclipsed the attendance of 1,137 last year, which marked an in-person return after a virtual event in 2020. As many as 2,000 have run the race in years past.

Each attendee gets a fitted Santa suit, a swag bag from a dozen event sponsors, a commemorative medal, and hot chocolate after the race.

Organizers say the Santa Run has raised more than $300,000 over the years to support the club's charitable causes.

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