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Thousands of Santas to hustle next week

The first reaction to seeing thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus running a 5K/half-marathon is to wonder whether you’re hitting the eggnog too hard.
John Benson
Dec 5, 2013

However, that’s exactly what will be happening at the 2nd annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5k Run/Walk, which takes place at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 from Castaway Bay to Cedar Point.

Every participant will receive a free Santa hat, beard and customized Santa dri-fit shirt to wear while running. In addition, all of the volunteers are dressed like elves. There are also outrageous holiday decorations, and festive music and a large after-party.

Want to Go?

WHAT: Santa Hustle
WHEN: 9 am on Sunday, December 15
WHERE: Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road (US 6) in Sandusky
COST: 5K - $50/person; Half Marathon - $65/person
INFO: www.santahustle.com/cedar-point

“The Santa Hustle Race is a series we bring to cities nationally,” Santa Hustle Race Series Executive Race Director Aaron Delmar said. “Last year working with the Lake Erie Shores and Island we thought it would be a big hit in Sandusky and, of course, Cedar Point.”

The 5K race begins at Castaway Bay and turns around at the Cedar Point entrance, while the half-marathon goes through Cedar Point before turning to Castaway Bay.

“There are not very many races you can actually turn left and be right underneath a rollercoaster and run through Cedar Point with cookie stations and candy stations, as well as having Christmas music pumped through the whole amusement park,” Delmar said “It’s a very fun and exciting event.”

Last year’s Santa Hustle attracted nearly 3,000 participants, while Delmar said estimates are the upcoming run/walk will bring in more than 4,000 people. Already the event has sold out its hotel allotment at Castaway Bay.

Delmar said Santa Hustle is, well, hustling to get additional hotel rooms booked as part of the event, which he said results in positive economic impact for the surrounding area. This includes helping out local charities such as Toys for Tots.

“We’re trying to bring health and wellness during the holiday season,” Delmar said. “Everyone stuffs themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie and all kinds of stuff during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we want to offer a healthy alternative activity.”

The Santa Hustle is $45 for the 5K and $65 for half marathon.