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 Runners and Walkers Help Restore Holiday Order Chasing the Grinch From Downtown San Jose – Google “Santa Run Silicon Valley”


SAN JOSE, CA. – Santa Claus is coming to town sleigh bells ringing to chase the “Grinch” from downtown on Sunday, December 17th. Actually, as many as 5,000 Santa Clauses will chase the “Grinch,” also known as our County Tax Collector Larry Stone, through the streets while he mushes a pace car leading 5,000 Santa Claus-clad runners, joggers and walkers through the streets.

The 6th Annual “Santa Run Silicon Valley,” sponsored by Google, is set for Sunday afternoon, December 17, with a 2 pm “Reindeer Run” for kids ages 2-7, before the 3 pm start of the 5K, taking 5,000 Santa’s from Umpqua Bank on Santa Clara Street and Almaden Boulevard, en route to Christmas in the Park. Runners are encouraged to dress in character as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidel, menorah, ornaments, tree and candlestick and warm up before the race with warm chocolate. At the finish line they’re greeted with a Snow Machine and, like Santa coming down the chimney, each finisher is welcomed with milk, cookies and a finisher medal that acts as a Christmas ornament.  Registration is easy at
Founded and directed by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, the same folks who founded and direct the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, all profits are donated to three local non-profits: Christmas in the Park, Downtown Ice and Reading Partners.  Participants are encouraged to bring a new or gently loved (unwrapped) children’s book to benefit Reading Partners. Media interested in covering the event should contact Kimberly Ellis, SVP of Communications at (408) 501-7853.

About the Google “Santa Run Silicon Valley”

The Google “Santa Run Silicon Valley” 5K walk/run has become a new holiday tradition in Silicon Valley raising $260,000 for Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice since 2012, along with collecting 790 children’s books for Reading Partners.

With public funding for Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice rapidly declining, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation – in partnership with former Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo – launched the Google “Santa Run Silicon Valley” in 2012 to raise funds to preserve these two holiday traditions.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation

The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to help improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley region through the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other basic necessities of life.

The Foundation supports activities that drive a strong sense of community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region, including education, energy, environmental protection, health, housing, land use and transportation. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars or other groups that support its mission.

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