Over 400 “Santas” turn out for Super 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.

Chris Uszynski, the main organizer of the Super Santa Run estimated on Saturday night that the run brought in roughly $12,000, with all proceeds 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 Uszynski.


Over 400 Santas took to the street for the Third Annual Super Santa Run this past Saturday. The warm, breezy weather made for ideal running conditions.

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, Uszynski was all smiles as the horde of Santas were sent on their way.

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

Uszynski gave much of the credit to the unseasonable warm, breezy night.

“It’s all in the weather,” said Uszynski. “Can you think of a more beautiful night than this? Stunning.”

Uszynski said the run was marketed a lot outside Windsor/Essex County, adding that a number of runners came from out of town for the experience.

He 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, making it “doable” for everyone and anyone.

ERCA general manager Richard Wyma encouraged people to vote for the Amherstburg-to-Essex Greenway Trail in the Aviva Community Fund online contest. People were encouraged to vote daily until noon Nov. 30 so that the project can be eligible for additional funding.

People can vote for the trail at http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf10985.

Richard Peddie, along with his wife Colleen was running in the race for the third straight year. Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said the Super Santa Run is a “spectacular” event and is one of several event that help make the town “stand out.”

Having run the Boston Marathon in his prime, Peddie said he could have run the 4k event in 17 minutes, however noted that his time wouldn’t be anywhere near that on Saturday night.

“I’d have a lot more fun if I could run faster. Today I won’t break half-an-hour,” he joked.


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