The iconic Las Vegas Great Santa Run supporting Opportunity Village will go virtual for the 2020 event.

Opportunity Village takes recommendations from the CDC, elected officials and past participants to make virtual run decision

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Great Santa Run returns for its 16th year in a brand-new format, virtual!

Historically the largest single-day fundraising event for Opportunity Village, the organization and Las Vegas Great Santa Run officials took into account recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor Sisolak, and ultimately decided a virtual race would be best for the health and safety of all involved. Mr. Claus penned an open letter to race officials, encouraging folks to stay involved with Opportunity Village and participate in their jolly race — not only to stay on his 'nice' list, but to also work off those impending holiday cookies. "Hard to social distance those delicious things with some cold milk," Santa said.

Those interested in participating can register at for just $30 beginning July 13th. Runners and walkers will receive a medal, downloadable bib, swag bag and Santa suit (while supplies last) and can complete a 5K or 1-mile course of their choosing from December 5-26, 2020. Registrants will have the option of picking up their packets as early as November 30th or can elect to have their packets mailed out during registration for a small fee. We encourage those participating to further support Opportunity Village by creating a fundraiser and having friends and family participate in the event with you.

Known as one of Las Vegas’ most jolly fun runs, the internationally recognized Las Vegas Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s programs and services, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Last year's 15th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run registered 6,644 Santa participants from all across the world, including six countries and 43 states. The holiday event is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The 2020 Las Vegas Great Santa Run is presented by Circle K.

We will be announcing some fun contests and prizes over the next few months as we gear up for the 16th annual event. Please follow The Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the know. The event will be filled with interactive components that runners and walkers can participate in if they wish.

There will be volunteer help needed leading up to the event, to learn more about these opportunities click here.

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About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.

Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.

Opportunity Village clients – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.6 million in 2018.  They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Learn more about Opportunity Village.

Media Contacts
Gabrielle Garrett – Levine, Kirvin Doak Communications
702.737.3100 x151 / 702.204.8063
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Kristin Hoxie, Opportunity Village
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Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
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