Inaugural event held on new Santa Claus trail

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The top women and men finishers in the Dancer’s Dash 5k, the inaugural race on Santa Claus’s first completed trail, posed for a photo following the race Saturday.

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SANTA CLAUS — Trails of Santa Claus Inc held the inaugural event, Dancer’s Dash 5k run, on Saturday at the new Yellig Park to Christmas Lake Village Trail in Santa Claus.

“The use of our new trail exposed many visitors and residents to what these trails will become and feedback from the participants was fantastic”, said John Bowen, president of TOSCI. “Participants commented that the trail was challenging due to hills, but they couldn’t wait to run it again.”

The race helped raise over $3,000 for TOSCI to help fund Trail No. 2 to Lincoln Parks, and three additional trails are part of the overall project. Because of the success of the event, plans are being made for the 2018 race to include computer timing, age categories and “Christmas attire” awards.

For many years, the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration included a 5k but lost the sponsor of the event. TOSCI was asked to keep the event alive as part of the celebration, with proceeds to benefit the trails project. TOSCI is a nonprofit organization tasked with closing the gap between funds already committed to build the biking and hiking trails that will connect various attractions in and around Santa Claus. Currently over 87 percent of the estimated $10 million has been raised through various state and federal grants and private donations.

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 More than 100 participants lined up to run the Dancer’s Dash 5k on Saturday.



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