Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Super Santa Run takes over the streets of Amherstburg

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

While Christmas is still a month away, Santa Claus paid a visit to Amherstburg.

At least a lot of lookalikes that is.

Over 400 Santas hit the streets of Amherstburg for the annual Essex Region Foundation’s Super Santa Run Nov. 17.

Over 400 people dressed up as Santa Claus participated in the ninth annual Super Santa Run. The event, presented by the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, helps raise money to support conservation efforts in the Essex region such as tree planting and trail development.

The Super Santa Run partnered with the opening night of the Amherstburg River Lights Festival. The community saw hundreds of jolly participants decked out in lights, kids in strollers and dogs dressed up in Christmas outfits run or walk the five-kilometre route along downtown Amherstburg.

“We are so thankful to partner with the River Lights Festival. It’s a great day that helps everyone get into the holiday spirit, said Danielle Stuebing, director of communications and outreach services for Essex Region Conservation.

Stuebing told the River Town Times Saturday night that a financial fundraising total was not available as funds pledged were still coming in. She noted she is expecting to have raised over $10,000 at the end of the day.

“It really does get you into the holiday spirit,” said Stuebing. “It is always fun to see hundreds of Santa’s fly to that start line and run down the beautiful streets of Amherstburg.”

According to Stuebing, there were people who traveled from as far as Toronto and the United States to participate in the event.

The streets of Amherstburg were packed Saturday night with runners and walkers in Santa suits with dogs even part of the event.

“It’s a different event from some of your more traditional runs. It looks at the holidays, the spirit of giving and conservation all tied together.”

Following the run, hundreds of Santas made their way to the Navy Yard parkette where Mayor Aldo DiCarlo would help with the ceremonial countdown as the town would officially kick-off the River Lights Winter Festival.

 

 

 

Super Santas to run in support of local conservation

 

Special to the RTT

Bells will be ringing in downtown Amherstburg as hundreds of jolly participants run and walk in support of the local environment at Essex Region Conservation’s annual Super Santa Run next month.

A sea of Santas will flood the streets along the five-kilometre route, which winds its way through downtown Amherstburg and highlights a number of historic sites, including Fort Malden and Navy Yard Park. The event also kicks off the spectacular Amherstburg River Lights Festival, which runs until December 30.

The Super Santa Run will take place on Saturday, November 17, starting at 5 p.m. The town’s municipal tree lighting ceremony will follow.

“This is event is fun for the whole family. In addition to promoting healthy and active living, it is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Essex Region Conservation Foundation president Susan Stockwell Andrews. “It’s always amazing to watch nearly five-hundred Santas fill the streets in support of conservation efforts.”

Runners in Santa Claus suits run down Dalhousie St. This year’s Essex Region Conservation Foundation “Super Santa Run” is scheduled for Nov. 17. (Submitted photo)

Registration fees are $45 per adult and $35 for children under 16. All participants will receive a free Santa suit to wear for the run, including a jacket, pants, belt, beard, and hat. Teams of ten or more will receive $5 off per participant, so grab your friends, cousins, and co-workers to join in the jolly fun – and save!

If a person is not able to participate, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation asks people to consider being one of Santa’s helpers as a volunteer marshal along the route. The event is a great opportunity for high school students to fulfill their required community hours.

All funds raised support the efforts of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation in enriching the Place for Life. Recent successes include opening the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, and creating the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, to bring the community’s vision of a region connected by trails to reality.

People can join in the jolly fun and register your entire family today at https://essexregionconservation.ca/education-and-events/super-santa-run. Santa’s “nice list” includes Union Gas and Sobey’s Amherstburg for supporting this event.

For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.

Crowd of soggy Santas run in rain through downtown streets

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

The Holiday Spirit has enveloped Amherstburg, despite the rain, and the Super Santa Run has brought hundreds of “Santa’s” to the core Saturday evening.

“It didn’t matter what the weather is, we were coming. We are putting out our Santa suits and it doesn’t matter,” said Leamington native Pauline Kniaziew. “We have been doing this for five years or so, it’s the beginning of our Christmas every year, we look forward to it. We love it, it’s very Christmassy, and the weather today isn’t that great but still looks like there will be a good number coming in anyways.”

The Super Santa Walk/Run is one of the Essex Region Conservation Authority’s annual fundraising events. ERCA works with the Town of Amherstburg to put on the event.

Runners young and old braved Saturday evening’s Super Santa Run. A total of 67 people walked and 205 ran in the event.

“I think that the Super Santa Run is a wonderful event that can involve the entire family,” explained Danielle Breault Stuebing, director of communications and outreach services for ERCA. “It gets people outdoors and active in a wonderfully fun and comical way. It’s quite a spectacular sight to see hundreds of Santa’s storming the streets of Amherstburg, and all of the residents who line the streets to cheer them on. The route showcases some of our region’s special places, including Fort Malden and the Navy Yard Park, all while raising funds for important conservation work.”

Nearly 500 Santa’s Run each year in support of the conservation and their efforts to make the region a place for life. Mayor Also DiCarlo said ERCA plays “an important role” in helping to maintain the natural environment across the region, Amherstburg included.

Runners young and old braved Saturday evening’s Super Santa Run. A total of 67 people walked and 205 ran in the Nov. 18 event.

“We love hosting this event for them, and are honoured that they’ve kept the event in our community,” said DiCarlo. “We will always work with them every chance we get. As for the run itself; I tell people who haven’t witnessed it, seeing that many Santa’s of all ages running and walking in downtown Amherstburg will definitely put a smile on your face. The event is infectious with the holiday cheer it infuses in our community.”

Super Santas running Nov. 18 in support of local conservation

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

Bells will be ringing in downtown Amherstburg as hundreds of jolly participants run and walk in support of the local environment at Essex Region Conservation’s annual Super Santa Run Nov. 18 starting at 5 p.m.

A sea of Santas will flood the streets along the five-kilometre route, which winds its way through downtown Amherstburg and highlights a number of historic sites, including Fort Malden and Navy Yard Park. The event also kicks off the spectacular Amherstburg River Lights Festival, which runs until Dec. 30.

Santas cross the finish line on Richmond St. at the end of a snowy 2016 race. (Submitted photo)

“This is event is fun for the whole family. In addition to promoting healthy and active living, it is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Essex Region Conservation Foundation President Susan Stockwell Andrews. “Last year, it was amazing to watch nearly five-hundred Santas fill the streets in support of conservation efforts.”

Registration fees are $40 per adult and $30 for children under 16. All participants will receive a free Santa suit to wear for the run, including a jacket, pants, belt, beard, and hat. Teams of ten ore more will receive $5 off per participant, so grab your friends, cousins, and co-workers to join in the jolly fun – and save!

Santas run northbound on Dalhousie St. during the 2016 Super Santa Run in Amherstburg. (Submitted photo)

If you are not able to participate, consider being one of Santa’s helpers as a volunteer marshal along the route. The event is a great opportunity for high school students to fulfill their required community hours.

All funds raised support the efforts of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation in enriching the Place for Life. Recent successes include opening the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, and creating the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, to bring the community’s vision of a region connected by trails to reality. So join in the jolly fun and register your entire family today at erca.org/active.

For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.

 

ERCF hopeful of reaching $30,000 through annual golf tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) was the focus of a fundraising golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club.

The foundation, the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), hosted its 29th annual tournament and Danielle Stuebing, ERCA’s director of communications and outreach services said it was the second year of it being at Pointe West.

“It was a great day. We had almost 100 people join us,” said Stuebing. “We’re hoping to get $30,000 for conservation initiatives.”

Stuebing pointed out that the funds will go into the “Place for Life” campaign with that campaign consisting of four pillars – trails, greening the region, conservation education and heritage preservation at the John R. Park Homestead.

A number of municipalities were represented as teams with politicians and administrative members among those hitting the links.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF), the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, held its 29th annual golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club. The winning team included (from left) Todd Laliberte, Jen Cassidy, Pat Cloutier and David Cassidy.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF), the fundraising arm of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, held its 29th annual golf tournament last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club. The winning team included (from left) Todd Laliberte, Jen Cassidy, Pat Cloutier and David Cassidy.

“We’re very fortunate to have the support of a lot of municipalities because the work we do benefits the entire region,” said Stuebing. “It’s great to have such wonderful support.”

Susan Stockwell Andrews, president of the ERCF board of directors, told the golfers that “your partnership and support really does help” fund projects and initiatives.

“This is one of the most successful fundraisers we have each year,” said Stockwell Andrews.

The Place for Life campaign has a goal of raising $1 million over three years and Stockwell Andrews noted they are trying to preserve history as well as the environment.

“We are truly blessed to live in such a stunning area,” she told the crowd at the post-tournament dinner. “We are working to protect natural areas that you see. It’s all due to your support.”

For further information, visit www.placeforlife.ca.