Saturday, December 1, 2018 the Chicagoland Speedway, the Joliet Township High School (JTHS) Alumni Association and the Joliet Area Historical Museum present the Second Annual Santa Celebration. This festive fundraiser will benefit Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), Chicagoland Speedway’s 501(c)3 charitable entity, the JTHS Alumni Association scholarships and the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Due to weather and track conditions, plus the ultimate safety of the participants, the location will be held at the Joliet Central Field House, enter through the East Doors, (Walgreens side). The Joliet Central Administration, Staff and Coaches were able to accommodate the Santa Celebration with short notice of which we most appreciative!
Santa 5K and 1-Mile Stroll: This year’s event will feature a competitive, timed and scored 5K race to be held in the Spring at a date to be determined later. The running will not be timed and scored at Joliet Central in the Field House due to logisitics and the other activities scheduled. The 1-mile Santa stroll is not a timed event but all participants of all ages and ability levels including families, strollers and wheelchairs, are welcome to participate. The doors open at 7:00 am and the walkers and runners will start at 7:30 am for conclusion of the event by 9:30 am.
Registration fees on Saturday, which include an event t-shirt and pictures with Santa, are $45 for adults, $35 for students with school ID and $25 for children ages 5-12 at the door on Saturday. The one-mile stroll is $25 per person ages 13 and older while 12 and under are free. All registered participants will receive an exclusive event shirt and Santa Hat. Runners in the 5k will receive a timed running bib in the Spring as the running will not be timed at Joliet Central due to logistics. A timed and scored race will be held in the Spring at Chicagoland Speedway at a date to be determined later. The entry fee into Joliet Central's Winter Wonderland Festival, including a pancake breakfast in the Galleria, is $10.00 at the door.
Pictures with Santa in Joliet Central's Galleria: Not a runner? Not a problem. Families, who are registered for the Santa Run or Santa Stroll, can still join Santa Claus for pictures in Joliet Central's Galleria as the Winter Wonderland Festival is being held that morning from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Plus all attendees will be provided a coupon for free admission to the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
In addition, R.A.C.E. will host Toys for Tots Foundation drive in an effort to collect toys for those that are less fortunate in the community. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for donations which will be distributed by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve as Christmas gifts.
Once again, proceeds generated by the Santa Celebration will benefit R.A.C.E. as well as JTHS Alumni Association scholarships and the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Since its inception, R.A.C.E. has donated over $300,000 to deserving community organizations and with an aim at improving the quality of life for the greater Chicagoland area while focusing on causes centered on youth, safe driving and the military.
Event details and schedule
Due to weather and track conditions, plus safety of participants, the event location and time has been changed to Joliet Central Field House located at 201 E. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60432. To ensure that participants arrive with their event shirt and Santa hat, pickup will be held at the Joliet Area Historical Museum located at 204 North Ottawa Street in Joliet, today from noon-4:30 p.m. Event shirts and hats will be available at Joliet Central on Saturday also. The timing and scoring will not be held at Joliet Central due to logistics and will held at the Chicagoland Speedway in the spring. Every participant registered, at no extra cost, will have the opportunity to run the 5k with timing and scoring on the Racetrack at the Speedway. More information will be emailed to everyone registered after the date has been determined in the Spring. Race day, December 1, 2018, the Joliet Central Field House East doors (Walgreens side) open at 7:00 am with the running and walking starting at 7:30 am. Thank you for your understanding, as we offer two opportunities to run and walk, one at Joliet Central December 1, 2018, and the other, timed and scored, at the Chicagoland Speedway in the Spring!
For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com/santa.
JTHS Alumni Association