Haute Event: Opportunity Takes Back the World Santa Challenge Trophy

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Santa and team captains ride the roller coaster at New York-New York. Photo: Opportunity Village

Las Vegas got a taste of Christmas Cheer on Thursday when Opportunity Village kicked off registration for the 2012 Las Vegas Great Santa Run with a “Christmas in July” opening ceremony. The roller coaster platform at New York-New York was filled with Santas riding reindeer, hanging out with Mrs. Clauses (festively clad Vegas showgirls) and even receiving presents (the “World Santa Challenge” trophy!). Y

The highlight of the ceremony was when Alan Rothwell, event director of the Liverpool Great Santa Run, returned the “World Santa Challenge” trophy to Las Vegas and Opportunity Village as a result of last year’s record-breaking participation. “We are so excited we have won the championship for the most Santa Clauses…in the world,” said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village.

The 2012 Las Vegas Great Santa Run will be held on Dec. 1 at Town Square. Las Vegas set the “World Santa Challenge” record last year with 8,123 participants. Opportunity Village is partnering with several companies in the community to make this year’s run an even bigger success.

Vocalist George Dare serenaded the crowd with the official Las Vegas Great Santa Run song, “Run Santa Run!” followed by dozens of team captains dressed like the big guy in red taking off on the roller coaster while cheering for Opportunity Village.

That evening, team captains, sponsors and media enjoyed a night of festivities and fun at the kickoff after party at The Sporting House.

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