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T’is the season for giving with Runners Soul Claus Cause event

Written by  Demi Knight
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Runners brave the snow and freezing temperatures while competing in the 2016 annual Claus Cause Run to raise proceeds for the Lethbridge Food Bank. Runners brave the snow and freezing temperatures while competing in the 2016 annual Claus Cause Run to raise proceeds for the Lethbridge Food Bank. Photo contributed

As Christmas approaches and the wintery season of giving settles in with the snow, Runners Soul is embracing the festive spirit with their 10th annual Claus Cause Run.

 On Nov. 18, commencing at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Runners Soul is hosting their annual holiday themed 5-km and 10-km run/walks to help raise funds to feed those in need this Christmas time with the Lethbridge Food Bank.
“For a long time, the Jingle Bell run had been going strong in the community, but unfortunately it ended up leaving Lethbridge. We then wanted to bring back an event at Christmas time to the community and since there’s always more emphasis on food banks around Christmas time, we wanted our event to go with that idea and support that,” says co-owner and event director, Shawn Pinder.
After the long-standing Jingle Bell Run left Lethbridge and all its community members without a wintery walk to give back to those in need during the holidays, Runners Soul filled the community’s void and brought the Claus Cause fundraiser to November’s in Lethbridge. With the weather always an undetermined factor, come rain, snow or shine, there’s one thing for certain, a crisp November chill will be present in the air as participants come out by the hundreds to be a part of the race and help feed the need this holiday season.
With a $20 entrance fee and a requirement to bring one non-perishable food item with them to the race, for the past 9 years this event has been raising thousands of dollars and hundreds of food items to stock the shelves of the food bank over the holidays and into the new year.
“It’s fun because it’s Christmas-themed and we have Christmas music on before the race starts and afterward as well, and we also have fun medals which are really just gingerbread cookie men for the winners of the races,” says Pinder of why this fundraising event is so fun for the public to be a part of each year.
With registrations already coming in by the hundreds, Pinder added that this year’s race will allow a maximum of 400 participants to gather at the Helen Nature Shuler Centre, with the scenic coulee backdrop and race this year for a good cause. However, Pinder also added that there’s another great reason to be quick to join the race this year.
“We do timed prizes with gingerbread men, but we also have Christmas-themed buff giveaways which is multifunctional headwear for the first 300 people that sign up to run.”
With over 350 community members coming out to race last year, Pinder says nothing can stop people from coming out and helping those in need, and he hopes that this event can be even bigger this November.
“It doesn’t matter the weather, we always have people coming out! It’s been as cold -20 or as warm as 0. I think quite a few of people who sign up are hard core and ready to race in any conditions for the cause.”
Although this race is organized solely by Runners Soul to help the Lethbridge Food Bank during the holiday season, the company is no stranger to giving and this isn’t the only event that the organization hosts throughout the year for charities within the community.
“This is something we do solely on our own for the foodbank, and I think this is our biggest fundraising event. But in the past, we have also provided funds to the interfaith and the Lethbridge Food Bank with other races such as the moonlight run,” says Pinder.
 The race begins this year on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m., with race package and details available for pickup from Runners Soul the day before from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Anyone wanting to register can do so online through 2017/11153/2017-claus-cause and anyone wanting more information can contact the hosts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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