Erie, Pa: Hundreds of Santas will be hustling through downtown on Saturday morning, as the Santa Hustle 5K debuts in Erie. The national race series will start and end its course in Perry Square.
Participants will receive a performance Santa hoodie, a Santa beard and hat with registration, which remains open through Saturday morning. Cookie and candy stations will be located along the race course, with holiday music playing throughout.
In the spirit of the season, Santa Hustle also partners with a local benefiting charity to receive a portion of the proceeds. The charity partner for the Erie race is Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Chapter has served more than 18,000 children in 57 Pennsylvania Counties and West Virginia.
The Rudolph Run will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K following at 9 a.m.
The course will start on West 6th Street between Peach St. and Sassafras St., turn south on Myrtle St. to West 10th and continue west on 10th until turning around at Raspberry St. The race will finish on State St. at Perry Square. The race course can be viewed online here.
Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the former Sherlock’s building, now owned by Erie Downtown Development Corporation. Race day packet pick up and registration will be Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in Perry Square.
“This run is a perfect fit for Erie, and I’m so glad that (race director) Aaron (del Mar) saw that as well,” said Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Hosting the event the morning after Downtown d’Lights makes great sense for our community, and we’re proud to be able to add to a great lineup of family-friendly holiday events in downtown Erie this weekend. I hope that Erie will come together and embrace our winter season in a fun and active way.”
For more information and to register, visit http://www.santahustle.com/pennsylvania/.