Leo Munns, left, and Ryder Walters lead the way in the 2019 Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Santa Rec Runners brave the cold

Close to 100 runners made their way down the lakeshore on Saturday.

Close to 100 runners braved the cold on Saturday to come out for the eighth annual Santa Rec Run in Penticton.

“We had a great turnout, we were happy to see how many people came out,” said Lyndie Hill, one of the organizers of the run.

The course was reversed this year to give runners a warm start and finish, going from Hoodoo Adventures down the lakeshore and over to Loco Landing before coming back. This year’s race took place once again in the light of day, both due to the cold weather, and the other big event of the day.

“The Pink in the Rink is on tonight for the Vees, and we didn’t want people to have to choose between the two,” said Hill. “We wanted people to be able to support their event and ours.”

The rec run is a fundraiser for the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, and while this year’s total isn’t known yet, in previous years they have brought in a couple thousand for the program.

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This year’s daytime run isn’t likely to happen again next year, with a return to a post-sunset schedule to better show off the course.

“Next year we really want to light up the lake shore,” said Hill. “What we could really see is that the whole community gets involved. All the schools get involved. We build these big fantastic decorations and they’re all along the beach, and we have this massive light up of the lakeshore, with Santa hats along it.”

For more information about the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, you can go their website at www.youthoutdoorrecreationsociety.ca.

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From left to right, Ashley Aoki, Tanya Munns, and Jen Annett head down lakeshore in the Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Breanna Halliday, left, and Karla Brandt came dressed warmly in their Christmas sweaters to the Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Corbin Brown gets ahead of the pack on Saturday’s Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Terri McMillen, left, and Norma Jean Read have their seasonal headgear as they make their way on Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Gail Thevarge, left, and Alynda Kingzett make their back in Saturday’s Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Gabby Hyde has her Santa hat in hand as she races back to the start/finish life for the Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

It wasn’t just runners! Kristi and Gavin Tatebe made their own way down the lakeshore for the Santa Rec Run. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

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