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Virtual Run Santa Run! 2020

Saturday December 12, 2020 to

Thursday December 31, 2020     



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!

It's now time for our Eighth Annual Third Academy's Run Santa Run! 2020.

Don't let the COVID-19 Grinch spoil your Christmas Fun! We've adapted our program to keep everyone safe while still being able to participate in this exciting event.

How does Run Santa Run! 2020 Work This Year?

Step 1. Register and/or pledge.

Step 2. If you like, join us on Zoom Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 08:30 am for our kick off event. Details are below.

Step 3. Use social media to ask your friends, family members, and colleagues to pledge funds on your behalf. We are awarding prizes to the top 5 fundraisers! Pledges are accepted online up to Thursday, December 31st 2020.

Step 4. At any time during the event (between Saturday December 12, 2020 to Thursday December 31, 2020), put on your Santa Suit, get outdoors, and complete your 3 km walk or 5/10 km run. Follow all COVID restrictions to keep safe. Note your completion time and take selfies with your phone.

Step 5. Post your pictures and time on social media. Please link to our Run Santa Run! social media pages:





To register for this year's exciting Run Santa Run! 2020 virtual run or walk, visit the Running Room's Event Website at:

Registrations close Friday, December 18th 2020.

Pledge or Donate

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:

Pledges are accepted online up to Thursday, December 31st 2020.

Earn Prizes

This year we will award prizes to the five participants who have collected the most pledges. We will email the winners gift certificates.

First Place $100

Second Place $75

Third Place $50

Fourth Place $40

Fifth Place $35

Note 1. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a random process.

Note 2. If the funds raised are less than the prize amount, the prize will be reduced to the funds raised.


How to Help?

Run, Walk, 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.


Run Santa Run is a fun running/walking fundraising event in support of Third Academy, a school for children with special education needs, our Home Education Division, Willow Home Ed, our distance education program, ursa, and LYNX, our hybrid program in Canmore that combines online learning with afternoon experiential learning classes held outdoors. Combined, we support over 1800 Alberta children in Grades 1 through 12.

Our first Run Santa Run! was held in 2010, with over 250 participants. This year, we are expecting 500 participants who want to have fun in the spirit of Christmas and assist families to access quality educational services. Yes, we will all have the chance to dress up in Santa suits and walk/run… kinda silly, but why not!

All funds raised through Run Santa Run! 2020 are earmarked for our Third Academy and ursa Bursary Programs. We believe our programs should be accessible to all Albertans that would benefit from them, irrespective of a family's financial circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the need for financial support for our families.

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, Friends of Willow, ursa families - to participate. Register for the event now Set yourself a goal to raise even $50. It all adds up in the end and by running/walking, ‘together, we will make a difference’ in the life of a child.


This year, we are going virtual. Collect your Santa Suit and join us on Zoom and social media.


Begins 08:30 am Saturday, December 12th, 2020 and ends 11:59 pm Thursday, December 31st, 2020.

Join us online on Zoom 08:30 am December 12th for introductions and warm-up.

Meeting ID: 893 9698 4406
Passcode: 132457

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  • Third Academy students and family members will receive their suits at their school
  • We will deliver race kits to your door for participants in the Calgary area. Please Text 403-629-4108 to set up a delivery time
  • All others please contact us at to arrange for delivery.



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