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Run Santa Run! Saturday December 14, 2019

Many thanks to all of the runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers that made the Annual Third Academy's Run Santa Run! 2019 a tremendous success. The funds raised directly benefited deserving children at Third Academy and Wllow Home Ed. Together, we do make the difference!

Here is the list of the winners of our competetive races:

Female 5km Name Time
1st Cindy Schnee 24:54
2nd Loreto Gajardo 25:35
3rd Kara Budden 31:32


Male 5km Name Time
1st Martin Gajardo 19:33
2nd David Sargent 25:19
3rd Corbin Music 32:18


Female 10km Name Time
1st Bobbie Squire 57:06
2nd Penny Beaudry 1:09.02
3rd Ashley Irvine 1:12:52


Male 10km Name Time
1st Scott Finney 49:15
2nd Terrence Edwards 1:06:14
3rd Ryan Shirley 1:17:20


It's now time to prepare for Seventh Annual Third Academy's Run Santa Run! 2020.

To register for this year's exciting Run Santa Run! 2019 race or walk, visit the Running Room's Event Website at:

To make a pledge for a specific runner/walker, or to make a general donation, visit the Running Room's Run Santa Run! Donate page at:


How to Help?

Run, Walk, Volunteer, or Sponsor a Participant. Do this online through the Running Room's secure website using the links above.

Register early to ensure that we have a Santa Suit for you. Registration closes on December 12th, 11:59pm.


Run Santa Run is a fun running/walking fundraising event for runners and families in support of Third Academy , a school for children with special education needs and our Home Education Division, Willow Home Ed Our first run was in 2010, with over 250 participants. This year, we are expecting 700 participants who want to have fun in the spirit of Christmas and make a difference in the life of a child with special education needs. Yes, we will all have the chance to dress up in Santa suits and walk/run… kinda silly, but why not!

All money raised will support a child who otherwise could not access services they desperately need. Third Academy is a registered charity #88694 2085 RR0001. At Third Academy, ‘It’s education, your child’s way’.


We need you - runners, members of the Third Academy community, Friends of Third Academy - to participate. Register for the event now Set yourself a goal to raise even $50. It all adds up in the end and buy running/walking, ‘together, we will make a difference’ in the life of a child will special education needs and increased supported for home schoolers.


You can have fun and make a difference in your community. Third Academy students come from every community in Calgary and beyond. Third Academy provides ‘hope to families - now and for all of our collective futures’ by giving children who is struggling at school, that are not able to realize their potential, a qaulity education in a supportive, specialized environment. In additiona to our school-based students, Third Academy supports home educators throughout Alberta through Willow Home Education. Third Academy offers choices to families that might not available in their local communities. To find out more about Third Academy, visit,, or call Sunil Mattu, our Executive Director (403) 690-1408. Thank you all and best wishes for the Holiday Season!


Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, main Level food court (indoor)


Saturday, December 14th, 2019

  • Check in between 08:30 and 09:00 am
  • Opening ceremony begins at 09:30 am
  • Meet us for a warmup at 9:45 am in the Centre Court, Eau Claire Market

Walk/run start times:

  • 10 km run 10:00 am
  • 5 km run 10:05 am
  • 3 km walk 10:10 am

Runs and Walks held at Calgary's Prince's Island Park and along the Bow Pathway (outdoor)

Post Race:

  • Awards to be presented inside Eau Claire Market

Pledge drop off/Package Pick-up:


  • Thursday, December 12, 4 pm-7 pm
  • Friday, December 13, 4 pm-7 pm




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