Athletic Santas rule Amherstburg streets during annual Santa Run


By Joel Charron

A sea of Santa’s took to the streets for the Third Annual Super Santa 4K Run.

Over 400 runners and walkers from around southwestern Ontario and Michigan took part.   The event was a fundraiser for the Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF), which handles the fundraising for ERCA.

Ken Schmidt president of ERCF said the funds raised from the Super Santa Run will  be going towards the Amherstburg-to-Essex Greenway Trail.

“It’s an important piece of infrastructure for any community particularly for those of us who are active,” said Schmidt.

The Amherstburg-to-Essex Greenway Trail, once complete, will link into the Chrysler Canada Greenway and thus link Amherstburg to the trail system that runs through Essex County.

Come race time, Schmidt was all smiles as the horde of Santas were sent on their way.

“You can’t help but smile,” he said . “Just look at the parking lot, it’s littered with people dressed as Santa Claus. How funny is that? It’s a riot.”

Although the wind made the event a tad chilly, Schmidt saw it a different way.

“I understand this is absolutely perfect weather for running,” he said.


It was a tad bit chilly Saturday but over 400 partcipants ran in this year’s
Super Santa Run.

Schmidt mentioned he was very pleased with the amount of runners, stating that there were a lot of repeat runners.

Amongst the repeat runners was Jeremie Jones, who was running in the Santa Run for the third straight year.

“It’s all about community and supporting your community,” said Jones. “This is a great time to showcase Amherstburg and be a part of a great cause as well.”

Jones said the Santa Run is a “great kickoff” to the holiday season.

“It really starts the season on the right foot and it gets me in the holiday spirit,” added Jones.

While Jones was running in support of a good cause, K.C. Cote had a different kind of motivation.

“My fiancée, Tara Brew, bet me I couldn’t do it,” joked Cote. “I’m doing this to prove her wrong. It’ll be interesting, I haven’t ran since Grade 8 recess.”

Cote predicted he would finish in just over 20 minutes. Cote finished in 20:03

Schmidt noted that the event is growing every year and hopes that when people think of Amherstburg during the holidays, they think of the Super Santa Run.

He also added the fact that the run is marketed as a 4K-run/walk event, makes it “doable” for everyone and anyone.

“People love to be active and to be active with their families,” said Schmidt. “It’s a fun race that is not really focused on competition.”

He also mentioned that people run because they like the cause.

‘People like to give back and now is the season that people want to do something for others and for our environment,” he added. “We are trying to engage the community more and more, in a variety of fashions.”

Windsor resident Taylor McArthur, 19, was the first to the cross the finish line at 19:29.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “A lot of holiday spirit. It was a good turn out, which was nice to see.”

One response to “Athletic Santas rule Amherstburg streets during annual Santa Run”

  1. Jodi Kish says:

    I had wanted to do this run from the first time I saw it advertised but scheduling conflicts prevented it til this year…it was a blast.It was a really great run! Great job by the organizers!Amherstburg rocks!!!