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Las Vegas Grant Santa run will go viral for the 2020 event

Thousands gather for the Great Santa Run
Posted at 7:10 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 13:09:31-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Great Santa Run returns for its 16th year in a brand-new format, virtual!

Historically the largest single-day fundraising event for Opportunity Village, the organization and Las Vegas Great Santa Run officials took into account recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Sisolak, and ultimately decided a virtual race would be best for the health and safety of all involved. Mr. Claus penned an open letter to race officials, encouraging folks to stay involved with Opportunity Village and participate in their jolly race — not only to stay on his 'nice' list, but to also work off those impending holiday cookies. "Hard to social distance those delicious things with some cold milk," Santa said.

Those interested in participating can register at www.LVSantaRun.com for just $30 beginning July 13th. Runners and walkers will receive a medal, downloadable bib, swag bag and Santa suit (while supplies last) and can complete a 5K or 1-mile course of their choosing from December 5 – 26, 2020. Registrants will have the option of picking up their packets as early as November 30th or can elect to have their packets mailed out during registration for a small fee. We encourage those participating to further support Opportunity Village by creating a fundraiser and having friends and family participate in the event with you.

Known as one of Las Vegas’ most jolly fun runs, the internationally recognized Las Vegas Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s programs and services, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Last year's 15th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run registered 6,644 Santa participants from all across the world, including six countries and 43 states. The holiday event is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The 2020 Las Vegas Great Santa Run is presented by Circle K.