ATLANTA (August 27, 2013)—Back for a fifth year, the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run continues to build bridges for notable Atlanta-based charities. This year, run organizers have selected Kate’s Club, an organization that empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. For more than a decade, Kate’s Club has been the leading organization in Metro Atlanta that provides long-term therapeutic and recreational support for grieving children. The Atlanta Santa Speedo Run hopes to raise $100,000 for Kate’s Club with the 2013 run.
On December 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. runners will take their positions at the starting line for the scantily clad scramble through Midtown Atlanta. The approximately one-mile course starts and ends at Hudson Grille, located at 942 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Following the chilly dash, participants will return to Hudson Grille for a celebration, prize giveaways and award ceremony.
“For five years, the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run has been a unique feature of the city’s holiday festivities,” said Ted Tuerk, event organizer. “The Atlanta Santa Speedo Run isn’t just about having a good time. We have made a real difference in the lives of thousands of people in metro Atlanta. With Kate’s Club as our beneficiary this year, we know all our fundraising will go to help children dealing with the loss of a family member.”
All race participants are required to raise a minimum $250 in support of Kate’s Club. Wearing a Speedo (or similar attire) is also required and runners are encouraged to accessorize with holiday themed flair such as Santa hats, beards, stockings and other festive accents. For more information about the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run, including how to become a participant or a sponsor, visit AtlantaSantaSpeedoRun.org.
Since its inception, the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run has raised more than $300,000 for various charities. Past recipients have included: Bert’s Big Adventure, Camp Twin Lakes, CHRIS Kids and CURE Childhood Cancer. The Atlanta Santa Speedo run is the second largest event of its type in the country.
About Atlanta Santa Run, Inc:
Atlanta Santa Run, Inc’s mission is to raise funds to support local charitable service organizations while providing a fun, non-competitive athletic event that brings people together to celebrate their community. For more information, visit AtlantaSantaSpeedoRun.org.
About Kate’s Club
Since 2003, Kate’s Club has created healing communities that allow grieving children and their families to have fun, express their emotions, remember their loved ones, develop healthy coping skills and know that they are not alone. More than 40,000 children in Metro Atlanta are grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Evidence demonstrates that grieving children with a strong community of support, an outlet for emotional expression and healthy coping skills achieve significantly improved long-term outcomes. For more information call or visit http://katesclub.org/.