Hundreds of Santas get ready to run to raise funds

Pictured at the launch of the Kilkenny Santa Run 2013 to raise funds for the Kilkenny Skatepark project were Harry Nolan (6) and his sister Robyn (8) with Lauren Barton and Mick Greene. This years Kilkenny Santa run will hold two distances. A 5km fun run & 10km timing chipped run. The event will be on Saturday the 14th of December at the Kilkenny Castle Park with a 10am start for the 10km and 10.30am for the 5km. Please bring your own Santa suit as none will be provided. Photo: Pat Moore.
Several hundred Santas, Mrs Claus, elves and reindeer are coming to town for this year’s Kilkenny Santa Run, which takes place on December 14.

Several hundred Santas, Mrs Claus, elves and reindeer are coming to town for this year’s Kilkenny Santa Run, which takes place on December 14.

The family-friendly event is a much anticipated start to the festive season, with over 400 people taking part last year. Participants must be dress as Santa or in festive attire.

“Along with our 5km fun run, we have added a 10km timed race to the programme this year to cater for those who want to squeeze in a personal best time before the year ends,” says organiser Roisin Hickey.

“We have also added a 10k Corporate Challenge that will give the winning company huge bragging rights for the next 12 months”. All the proceeds from the Santa Run go to charity. The money raised this year is going towards the Kilkenny Skatepark Campaign. Spokesperson from the campaign Mick Greene said the group was extremely thankful to Roisin and the Santa Run committee.

“This will make a significant difference in our campaign and will further increase the chances of an indoor skate park opening in 2014,” he said.To enter, visit www.runireland.com/active/all-events and look up Kilkenny Santa Run 5km and 10km. The entry fee for the 5km fun run is €5 for children, €10 for adults and €20 for families. The 10km run is €15 for individuals while companies interested in taking part in the Corporate Challenge should contact Mick on 085-1668149 or Roisin on 086-8828801.