**ATTENTION SANTA HUSTLE INDY PARTICIPANTS**
Santa Hustle Indy Participants,
We have been monitoring the weather and have been in close communication with our Sports Medicine Medical Director as well as the Police and the City of Indianapolis. The National Weather Advisory is calling for extreme cold temperatures on Sunday morning. The forecast is currently projecting for a high of 1 degree with early am snow flurries and winds up to 18mph, which will drop the wind chill to below 0 degrees.
This presents a safety concern for all participants, especially the Half Marathon. With prolonged exposure to the elements this increases the risk of hypothermia, frostbite, with water becoming ice quickly causing the inability to provide water for participants along the 13.1 mile course.
For the safety of the half marathon participants, race volunteers, race staff, and all medical personnel, we are cancelling the Half Marathon and allowing all runners the ability to participate in the 5K.
For our Santa Hustle Half Marathon participants; here are a few things you can do:
1. Participate in the 5K on Sunday
-You can pick up your items at Packet Pickup and come on Sunday to run the 5K.
2. Transfer to the Santa Hustle Half Marathon Virtual Event
-This would allow you to pick up your packet and half marathon finisher medal at the JW Marriott on Saturday from 10am to 7pm. You can then complete your half marathon on your own time in better conditions.
3. Participate in both of the above (1 & 2)
Again, due to the extreme temperatures and for the safety of our participants, we will be cancelling the Half Marathon ONLY. ***The 5K WILL proceed as is with a 9:30 AM start time.***
Please Note: We are HIGHLY encouraging all participants to pick up their packets on Saturday at the JW Marriott from 10am-7pm. You can pick up packets for friends and family to make commutes easier.
If you have any questions or concerns, please come to Packet Pickup and talk to Bryan Ganek or Dani Snare at the Registration and Information table. They will be there to help facilitate any issues or concerns you may have.
Santa Claus is comin’, and is running to your town! Join us and many of your Santa friends at the Santa Hustle Indy 5k & Half Marathon on Sunday, December 18, 2016.
See Indianapolis unlike ever before as thousands of Santas race along the streets and the paths. Jingle all the way through the course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images, and so much more, it is all designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood. It is bound to be a Christmas tradition you do with your family and friends year after year.
And to make your jingle tingle, NEW for Santa Hustle this year includes a finisher medal for the 5K and Half Marathon, lightweight performance hoodie along with the Santa Hat and Beard.
So, if you like dressing like Santa Claus, enjoy dancing to some holiday music, devouring candy, and joining in on an epic after party at the Indianapolis Colts Grille. Then grab your favorite friends and family, get in the holiday spirit, and make your way to the Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon!
The Official 2016 Santa Hustle Indy Charity is American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
1. Disaster Relief
2. Supporting America’s Military Families
3. Lifesaving Blood
4. Health and Safety Services
5. International Services