Fifth Santa Rec Run to hit the streets in December

The fifth annual Santa Rec Run will take place on Dec. 10.

ELIZABETH STOKES (left) and Kelly O'Donnell (right) went all out for the fourth annual Santa Rec Run

ELIZABETH STOKES (left) and Kelly O'Donnell (right) went all out for the fourth annual Santa Rec Run

The fifth annual Santa Rec Run, presented by Bears Den Restaurant and Hoodoo Adventures is taking place Dec. 10.

This year, the event will start and finish at Hoodoo Adventures’ Outdoor Pursuits Centre (131 Ellis Street), with a five-kilometre and 10-km courses following scenic Lakeshore Drive and the Channel Parkway.

Adding to the festive fun, runners (or walkers) will all receive a cheery Santa hat.The Santa Rec Run is open to participants of all ages, including families with strollers/tyke bikes. At the finish line, participants can look forward to hot chocolate, cookies, festive music and prizes — including prizes for creative holiday costumes.

In addition, Hoodoo Adventures will offer a full day of “climb by donation” at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre’s indoor climbing gym. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, a newly founded not-for-profit subsidy program that funds outdoor recreation opportunities for schools in the Okanagan-Skaha school district; including kayaking, hiking, biking, rappelling, adventure based learning, group development, and leadership.

Schools are encouraged to get involved. Classrooms that donate more than $200 in participation fees will be entered in a draw to win one free Outdoor Recreation Program designed specifically for them. Local businesses can also participate. Each office that enters a team will get its name in a draw to receive a free adventure team-building day with Hoodoo Adventures, valued to a maximum of $3,000. One entry for every four people (family and friends included) that register under a business/workplace name will be entered in the draw. The winning adventure will depend on the number of participants and will include options from an array of corporate adventures, kayak tours, rappel tours and more.

The Santa Rec run starts at 10 a.m.

For more information and to register, please visit Registration costs: Race entry is $15 per person or $40 for a family of three to five people.