"Grab your Santa suits and competitive spirit! The annual Great Santa Run has returned and will feature some new and fun competitive contests.
Opportunity Village will host the 17th annual run that will now feature a Pet Costume Contest, Stroller Decorating Contest, and Fundraising Contest leading up to – and during – the run on December 4.
"Adding these contests to the mix is always a fun way to engage our most loyal supporters and introduce a new demographic to Opportunity Village," said Yanique Shim, Director of Event Services at Opportunity Village.
"The Pet Costume and Stroller Decorating contests get better every year, and the money raised during our Fundraising Contest is absolutely critical to the work we're doing for thousands in this community. We can't wait to see how they all turn out this year!"
Four awards (Best In-Show Performance, Most Creative, Best Themed Costume, and Social Media Winner) will be handed out during the pet costume contest.
Runners wanting to participate will have to dress their pet(s) up in their best holiday outfits for a chance to win fun and unique prizes from the event's sponsors.
All pets, from reptiles to birds, can participate during the virtual or in-person runs. Those looking to participate in person will have a chance to meet Benny the Ice Skating Dog, who will be a celebrity judge alongside Opportunity Village Ambassadors.
Pets looking to enter must be registered for the Great Santa Race and register at the Pet Costume Contest booth located across from the 3rd Street Stage (just off E. Ogden Ave between 8:00-10:00 AM the day of the race.
Participants will need to be at the After-Party Stage inside the Llama Lot at 11:00 AM. where the winners will be announced.
Winners for the virtual Pet Costume Contest will be announced online before December 31.
Stroller Decorating Contest
The Fit4Mom Stroller Decorating Contest will take place on the After-Party Stage at 11:45 AM.
Strollers looking to enter the contest will need to check-in at the FIT4MOM booth during pre-race festivities from 8:00-10:00 AM.
The top three winners will be selected by OV Ambassadors.
Everyone can participate in this contest that will run through December 26. Winners will be notified by email and on social media prior to December 31.
Prizes will be awarded to Top Fundraising Team, Top Individual Fundraiser, 2nd Place Individual Fundraiser, 3rd Place Individual Fundraiser, and someone random.
Proceeds will benefit programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Opportunity Village."(KSNV)
For more information and a complete list of contest rules and details, click here.