First Ever Santa Pur-suit!

Wow!  The first EVER Santa Pur-suit was a quite an event.  Just imagine a thousand Santas running around Waterloo…

Recap: This is the first event we have added to the Waterloo Running Series since July 2010…and the response from the community has been fantastic.  From the registration numbers to the pledges for the YMCA, and from the buzz around the community to the sheer spectacle, this run was something special, and a new part of the holiday tradition in Waterloo Region!

The rules for the event are simple: run either 1km, 3km, or 5km, but you MUST wear a specially-made Santa Suit.  The suits – roomy as can be expected – generated a lot of interest and anticipation over the past few weeks:

The weather was a best-case scenario: a light dusting of snow to keep it festive, but not the melting temperatures that we can expect later this weekend.  Rain would have been an unqualified disaster.

We helped to kick-off the holiday spirit in Waterloo, had A LOT of fun, and confused a motorist or two along the way.  And in total, 1129 participants today raised over $10,000 for the Stork Family YMCA: Strong Kids Campaign!

Overall, the word we kept hearing around the facility and over twitter was “fun.”  This was a lighthearted, family-focused, fresh take on running.  A close second was “drawstring.”

Results: Sean Delanghe won the 5km event for the men with a time of 17:52, and Jessica Cuabu won for the women, at 21:21.  You can download the full results here [PDF].  Web version coming soon.

Reviews/Recaps: Will on The Geek Runner podcast; Trina on her Phatsoslim blog; Sean and Gill on the Health and Performance coaching blog.  If you’ve got one, send it in and we can add it here!

And here’s a great perspective a Cecil Hayes, caught by surprise!

Photos: Thousands of free photos from both of our photographers are available here!

Next Race: That’s it for 2012 – thanks for coming out!

In case you didn’t know, the Waterloo Running Series (RunWaterloo) hosts 9 races each year, from the Father’s Day Waterloo Classic (photos) to the muddy Dirty Dash (photos) in July, to this Santa-themed Santa Pur-suit.  Registration for 2013 is now open with the 2013 Waterloo Running Series Brochure: if you register before January 30th, you can save from 20-35% off every race for the entire year!  Chances are good if you’ve run one of our events this year, it was mailed to your mailing address last week, otherwise, you can download it here.

The next race is the Re Fridgee-Eighter on Sunday February 17, 2013.  See you there!


  • Jim Roberts December 2, 2012 12:06 am

    It’s Sat. Dec. 1st at 11:03 pm. !!! Still no race results available online from thamestiming … are you kidding me?

  • runwaterloo December 2, 2012 11:29 am

    Hi Jim, thanks for coming out! The results are linked above as a PDF. Is that what you’re looking for?

  • Jim Roberts December 2, 2012 1:21 pm

    I initialing attempted to see the race results through your main page link – as I have in the past – which was supposed to have taken me to the site. I kept getting an error message that there was something wrong with the thames website. This morning, Dec. 2, the same result but when I accessed it through another computer I got onto the thames site. I’m haveing the same problem accessing the results through the pdf link above. Problems from my end …. perhaps, but when microsoft has a dialogue box indicating a problem with the thamestiming website what other conclusion could I have to? Anyways, this was my third race with you folks and regardless of this glitch I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  • runwaterloo December 2, 2012 10:42 pm

    Sounds like problems at your end, but that’s ok! The results that were posted on this website early yesterday afternoon are PDF hosted at Maybe check how your browser reads PDFs?

    Glad you enjoyed it, and we’ll see you next year!

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