The 7th annual Ri Fa Santa 5K run to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

Santas preparing to run for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Photo by Stephen Tytus.

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The 7th annual Ri Ra 5K Santa Run to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3 2017. The Ri Ra Santa 5K is returning to Burlington, Vt. again this year after proving to be a big community hit for the last six years! The race starts outside of Ri Ra Irish Pub on Church Street at 10 a.m. and concludes in front of the Hilton on Battery Street. Immediately before the race, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a brand new 1K Fun Run to make this event even more family-friendly than before!

Runners from across New England and Canada will join the fun. All race participants receive a Santa suit to be worn during the event and to keep, plus a finisher medal and free full hot breakfast for all participants after the race courtesy of Ri Ra Irish Pub.

Runners are encouraged to collect pledges in support of their run for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta! The runner who raises the most money will receive a gift certificate thanks to the support of Von Bargen’s Jewelry. Donations are accepted online and on race day. Every donation helps Camp Ta-Kum-Ta give a child those most precious gifts: fun, joyful memories, and the freedom to just be a kid.

“The Ri Ra Santa 5K is a fun way to bring the community together to celebrate the holidays, promote health & wellness, and support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta,” said Hattie Johnson, executive director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a nonprofit organization established in 1984. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides a safe, loving place where children from Vermont and New York who have, or have had, cancer can play, swim, dance, laugh, share, and heal. In short, Camp T-K-T is where kids go to reclaim a childhood robbed by cancer. Until there’s a Cure…there’s camp!

For more information, contact Lindsay Longe at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta at 802-598-3422 or For more information about the race, visit

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