The holiday season always involves a bit of running around. However, instead of running to the mall, you can run for a good cause. It’s even better if you’re doing it dressed as Santa Claus.
The streets of uptown Charlotte will be awash in red and white on Sunday, December 8th when hundreds of St. Nicks run in the second annual Rí Rá Santa Run. Profits from the 2019 edition of the festive 5K will benefit the Charlotte Irish American Center (CIAC), a local non-profit, multipurpose cultural and sports facility. The CIAC will provide world-class athletic fields and a clubhouse/banquet facility for Charlotte sports teams, events, and local organizations.
Most 5Ks start early in the morning, which is why I don’t run in them very often. But the Rí Rá Santa Run begins at 1:00 PM. That might be because each runner, 21 and older, will be treated to a pint of beer, as well as Christmas cookies, after the race.
You don’t even have to bring your own Santa suit. Every runner is provided with one on race day. To register for the run or make a donation, click HERE.