More Than 3000 Santas Will Kick Off Manchester’s Christmas Parade
The BASC Santa Claus Shuffle Will Be an Incredible Sight to See as a Record Numbers of Santas Make Their Way Through Downtown Manchester.
The first running of the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle in 2012 was a smashing success, with over 1300 participants crossing the finish line adjacent to Manchester’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. It topped the Millennium Running Fisher Cats’ Thanksgiving 5K presented by MVP Health Care as the biggest first-year road race ever in the State of New Hampshire. The combination of 1,000 Santa suits purchased for participants and the Manchester Christmas Parade immediately following the Shuffle, created a never before seen holiday spectacle and became an immediate tradition. This year Millennium Running has upped it to 2500 Santa Suits and expects to see more than 3000 participants cross the finish line.
Online registration is available on the Millennium Running website, www.MillenniumRunning.com until noon on Thursday November 29th. In-person registration is also available Friday, Nov.30 (4pm – 7pm) at the Shaskeen Irish Pub (909 Elm St. Manchester, NH). and race day at Veteran’s Park (700 Elm St., Manchester, NH) beginning at 1pm.
“When you look down Elm St. and it’s a sea of red Santa suits the sight is just incredible! Of all the events we put on this one, to me, is probably the most special,” Said John Mortimer of Millennium Running.“ When word catches on about running, health and wellness, and then you add the Santa Suits, the growth from year one to year two is amazing!”
The BASC Santa Claus Shuffle will start promptly at 3:00pm Saturday December 1st. and head North on Elm St. from Veteran’s Memorial Park. The pack of runners will turn left on W. Clark St. then loop back around to Elm St. and head back down the parade route completing the three mile course.
‘This event is a great way to celebrate the spirit of running and the spirit of Christmas with family and friends” Said Nick Vailas of BASC “We are very proud to be a part of it.”
The official charitable beneficiary for the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle is Safe Sports Network. The Safe Sports Network offers free evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for student athletes of Greater Manchester, Salem, and Nashua, NH.
“Half of NH high schools have no one to care for sports injuries, but 4000 athletes at 9 schools currently receive sports medicine care from Safe Sports professionals. Those kids have that care because of gifts from donors who understand the importance of ensuring safety in the athletic arena and have supported this essential program for over 20 years.” Said Laura Decoster of Safe Sports Network “Millennium Running is one of those donors and we’re thrilled to be the charitable beneficiary of the Santa Claus Shuffle. On behalf of all the kids we care for, thanks to Millennium and all the runners.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Santa Shuffle’s title sponsor Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, this event and its benefits to the community would not be possible without their tremendous support and that of these sponsors: Centrix Bank, Northeast Delta Dental, MVP Health Care, Apple Therapy Services, New Hampshire Orthopedic, New Hampshire Sports & Rehab, Health Source Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab of Londonderry and Harpoon Brewery. Stonyfield Yogurt, Portland Pie Company, Coca-Cola Northern New England, A Market Whole Foods have also generously made product donations.
Millennium Running worked with together with In Town Manchester to make the Santa Clause Shuffle a tremendous success again this year.