A prize pool of $1,400 is sure to see a huge field of entrants in the Noosa to Hinterland Plumbing Group Great Santa Race on Saturday 3 December. The challenge is simple – make the short dash up Maple Street in Cooroy dressed in a Santa suit! First prize is $500, second is $250 and third is $150 but the beauty is that you don’t even have to place to be a winner as there are also five random draws of $100! And if the prize pool isn’t enough enticement, the event will also be raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation providing even more incentive to get your running shoes on.
“This is the third year that we have run the Great Santa Race and it is a really unique way to kick off the Christmas in Cooroy celebrations. We’ve had around 50 Santas in the last couple of years but this year we want to double it with 100 Santas streaking their way up Maple Street. There are also thousands of people in the crowd cheering them on so it is all quite exciting. We are hoping to reach the 100 target this year and that will mean even more funds for the Leukaemia Foundation,” said Danielle Taylor, Event Manager.
The Great Santa Race will start at Apex Park in Cooroy at 4.30pm on Saturday 3rd December. Entry to the Great Santa Race is only $10 and all entrants receive a free Santa suit to race in. Participants must be 18 years and over and entries can be obtained online at www.christmasincooroy.com.au. Ensure you enter early to secure a spot at the starting line.
The Great Santa Race is a component of Christmas in Cooroy which is a fantastic free community event with free rides and entertainment for the entire family. Hosted by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Cooroy this event is a showcase of Christmas spirit for the region. The race will precede the popular Bendigo Bank Street Parade which then leads into other festivities such as music and fireworks in Apex Park.
The event could not be run without the fantastic support from all its volunteers and funding partners: Sunshine Coast Council, Arts Queensland, Festivals Australia, Bendigo Community Bank, Ri-con Contractors, Cooroy Rag, Luke’s Supa IGA Cooroy, Cooroy Hotel, The Plantation B & B, Noosa to Hinterland Plumbing Group, Cooroy Central Guardian Pharmacy, Greenwood Grove Cooroy, Zinc 96.1 FM, Ritek Building Solutions, Qld Media Print, Bone Lawyers, Hinterland Christian Centre, Sunshine Mitre 10, Hinternoosa Real Estate, Ritek Building Solutions, Cooroy Pest Control, Bamboo Australia, Gelignite Jacks, Cooroy Mower & ATV, David Lafferty – Hinternoosa, Firefly Solutions and Cooroy RSL.