CORNWALL, Ontario – At 10 am on Saturday December 3rd at the Civic Complex, Cornwall joined 41 other cities across Canada to hold the Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk. This is the 3rd year Cornwall has participated in this event.
The 160 racers, which included a group of Cornwall Community Police members, took the 5k fun run or the 1k elf walk along a scenic race route, which included the bike path along the St. Lawrence River toward the gazebo and turned around just past the bridge.
Oren Cole, Pastor and Executive Director of the Salvation Army Cornwall, explained the Santa Fun Run and Elf Shuffle is one of three fundraisers the Salvation Army puts on. He said, “We only do three fundraisers, the Santa Shuffle, Carols and Brass and of course the Christmas Kettles.” These events help local individuals and families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year. Cole also said the income from the Thrift Store stays in our community as well to help fund community and family services year round.
Thrift Store Manager and Race Director, Julie Leroux said she was excited to organize the event. She said, “I’m excited. I was a runner before. It’s fun to be on this side of it.” Leroux said she was grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors, which included her staff, their families and friends, Mobile Gamerz, Cornwall MMA, Alba Automotive, Axxis Optical, Rick Boyer, Wholesale Club, Cardinal Meats, Cornwall Multisport and Running Room for their help and support.