24th annual "Santa Shuffle"
kicks off at Science North Mallika
Viegas - Sudbury Northern Life
The sun came out for Santa Claus and his elves to lace up
for a fun run around Bell Park to help raise over $25, 000
for the Salvation Army.
Noted as one the divisions largest turnouts, over 500 runners
lined up at Science North for the 24th annual Santa Shuffle
and Elf Walk on December 6. Among the participants were
the Nickel City Major Bantam AA hockey team. Having just
won the Regional Silver Stick last weekend, the team will
be heading down to Port Huron in the new year to represent
Northern Ontario. “This is going to be our 4th race
this year,” said Nickel City coach, Steve Chenard,
“this one isn't timed like the rest, it's more to
get together as a team, have some fun, and it's for a good
Loretta Maillet Race director was overwhelmed by the event
participation. With the final tally not in yet, Maillet
is expecting the total will exceed their target expectations.
“This event is held all across the country, and all
the money raised here, stays here,” said Maillet,
“we help the men's shelter, new life centre, cedar
place, the women's shelter, as well as the family services
on Notre Dame.”
The event was for all ages with the youngest elves eager
to participate. 4 year-old Peyton Allen ran the 1K alongside
her mum Candace Peyton, and little brother Allen. “Peyton
loved the idea that she could participate, and help a family
in need at Christmas time,” said Candace Allen, “It's
nice getting the kids involved.”
The Salvation Army joined forces with The Running Room
to put on the event, with help from three colleges; St David,
St Paul and St Charles.
Post-event refreshments, awards and a unique Santa Shuffle
finishers’ medal was awarded to all the Elves and
Santas that participated.