Santa Run Silicon Valley

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December 5  |  Community  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought…The best gifts are the ones you give.

San Jose is a great city. But great cities consist of great communities.

As long as I can remember, San Jose has built community each winter with “Downtown for the Holidays,” six weeks of festivities in front of the Fairmont Hotel featuring “Christmas in the Park” and “Holiday on Ice.”

Together, Downtown for the Holidays brings more than 500,000 people to downtown San Jose. To underwrite Downtown for the Holidays, our Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation – in partnership with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and downtown city councilman Sam Liccardo – are launching the inaugural “Santa Run Silicon Valley” Sunday afternoon, December 16.

Nearly sold out, Santa Run Silicon Valley is a 5-K Run or Walk, with all profits supporting Downtown for the Holidays.  In our inaugural year, we expect 2,500 participants, each dressed up like Santa Claus, running and walking the race.

We are also asking each Santa Run Silicon Valley Participant to bring an unwrapped children’s book to support needy children throughout Silicon Valley. Our goal – 1,000 books suitable for kids K –through- 6.

The best gifts this holiday season are the ones we give. Join us – support Downtown for the Holidays, our inaugural Santa Run, and children throughout the region with the gift a great book can provide – joy.

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