You better watch out and you won't want to cry – the Variety Santa Fun Run is coming to town! Come one, come all, hosted by Variety – the Children's Charity, the Variety Santa Fun Run embraces all the colour, sights, fun and spirit of Christmas while raising money for some very special kids and their families.
If you are thinking of participating in this year's event, don't be the odd man out. Santa suits are strongly encouraged to get into the spirit of this event. Everyone who runs should be dressed as the jolly man himself as Santa suits are provided in the entry fee. Walk, trot or run, even your authentic Santa belly is no excuse to sit this one out as the family friendly, all ability course caters to everyone. Wheelchairs and pushers are even able to participate. Santa's big and small will all be welcomed equally.
Fortunately, you will not have to lug a sack of toys and tasty treats as Variety will be putting on a family friendly evening for all runners and their cheer squads including a feast of entertainment. There will be food trucks and a licensed bar, roving entertainers and buskers. Hear live bands and enjoy activities such as jumping castles and the Winter in the city snow machine.
Even if running is not your style, this is still a spectacle not to be missed. See the pageantry and enjoy the fun of these jolly Santas rockin' around the Christmas tree through the Alexandra Gardens and taking their jolly jaunt along the Yarra River, then join in for some of the twilight festivities afterwards.
This is a fun run not a race. The Variety Santa Fun Run is not officially timed and running/walking Santa's can select a distance of 1.5km, 5km or 10km along the Yarra River. Registration is cheaper prior to 25 November so don't delay. Adults start at $30, Kids $15, Families of 4 $80, and teams are registered at $30 per person. There will be prizes for first, second and third along with prizes for best dressed and more.
Variety, the Children's Charity assists children who are sick and their families, especially in accessing specialist equipment and services when it is cost prohibitive and not government assisted. More than simply a Christmas themed fun run, your participation will most certainly help many kids in need.
Make this event a party! Run as an individual or why not create a team of family, friends or even work colleagues. There are heaps of prizes to be won along with a great night of fun.
The Variety Santa Fun Run is being held on Friday 9th December 2016, starting at 5pm and ending at 10pm in the Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Register and find out more details about this event on the Variety Santa Fun run website.