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Take Part in Largest Gathering of Santas in Las Vegas History; Register for Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run

November 16, 2012 by  

 Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run
Time still remains to help Opportunity Village defend the World Santa Challenge title as thousands of red-suited supporters flood the streets of Town Square Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 1. In the midst of a closely heated competition between cities worldwide including Liverpool and Osaka, Japan, Opportunity Village urges Las Vegans to register online for the 5K run or one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle. 

Highlights of the eighth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run at Town Square on December 1 include:

  • Entertainment: JERSEY BOY Jeff Leibow will commence the ceremonies with a rendition of the national anthem. World-famous dance crew, Jabbawockeez, will pump up the crowd by sharing some of their hottest holiday moves before opening their brand new headlining show at Luxor next spring. Lorena Peril will lead the girls of Fantasy as they join in the festive spirit performing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Let It Snow.” Additionally, Las Vegas Extreme Sky Diving and Maverick Helicopters will send multiple Santa Clauses parachuting through the skies. Creator of the “Great Santa Run” song, George Dare, will get the thousands of Santas ready to run. Additional entertainment will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
  • Food: After burning all those calories, participants can embrace their inner Santa by enjoying food from ten of Vegas’ favorite food trucks, including Chi Town Hustler, Slidin Thru, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream and Treats, Great BAO, Sauced, Lola D’s, Grouchy Johns Coffee and more.
  • Masters of Ceremony: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will lead the opening festivities along with Honorary Chair Robin Leach, The Mirage headliner Terry Fator as Grand Marshal, Commissioner Steve Sisolak as Honorary Great Santa, and FOX 5 MORE’s co-anchors Monica Jackson and Jason Feinberg as emcees.
  • A Great Santa Salute: Las Vegans will be joined by our troops in Afghanistan as the country’s finest suit up in Santa gear for a 5K on the other side of the world. The run in Kabul will occur one week prior to the Las Vegas Great Santa Run with all proceeds benefitting Opportunity Village. 

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run serves as a fundraising effort to benefit Opportunity Village. Pre-registration is $40 for individuals, $35 for team members (team pricing applies to groups of five or more) and $25 for children 12 and under; day-of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. The participation fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts, with proceeds going to Opportunity Village. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Town Square in the front parking lot; the 5K run and the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle start at 10 a.m. Interested participants can sign up at www.LasVegasSantaRun.org.

Sponsors for the event include Circle K Convenience Stores, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, KVVU FOX 5, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Tommy Hilfiger and Town Square Las Vegas. 

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities and serves nearly 2000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.

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