Registration open for Run Santa Run
The seventh annual Run Santa Run 5K run, walk and kids’ fun run will be held Nov. 25 at Harrybrooke Park in New Milford.
The event (www.runsantarun.org), co-hosted by Billy Buckbee and the park, will raise funds for the park and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which fights for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Participants, sponsors and volunteers are sought for the event based on the theme “The Magnificent 7 - Cowboy Up.”
The kids’ fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. at the park off Still River Drive.
“Last year I brought the race home to the park where it all began,” Buckbee explained, describing how he started the event in 2011 in response to his personal illness.
Buckbee was diagnosed with pancreatitis and Type 2 Diabetes caused by a stone lodged in his bile duct.
“Instead of lying back and relying on medicine, I fought,” he said. “I walked. I ran. I wanted to let everyone know the truth about Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.”
“I was lucky, some are not,” the organizer said. “It’s the most personal event to me and my family and friends, and it’s truly become an iconic event in our community.”
There is no charge for the kids’ run but children are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Children will receive a book of choice, provided by Scholastic.
Registration is $25 online. The first 300 registrants online will receive T-shirts. Registration the day of the event is $30.
For more information, visit the Run Santa Run website, call 860-799-6520 or email harrybrooke