A jolly jog around the Mount

The courses are kept easy so everyone can finish, with minimal training and are highly visible for maximum impact.

A sea of Santas are set to leave their sleighs behind and dash around the Mount for a great cause.

The Great NZ Santa Run - a fundraiser for the Graeme Dingle Foundation - is a fun run or walk, with each entrant receiving a free Santa suit. 

Around 16 events will be happening around the country, with the Tauranga version being held on Wednesday, December 5 from 6.30pm.

Graeme Dingle Foundation Bay of Plenty regional manager Dan Allen-Gordon says more than 300 people have registered so far.

“It’s just a fun, quirky event that raises money and brings awareness to our programmes,” says Dan.

“Everyone will get a free Santa suit on the day and kids will get a Santa hat. There will also be a chance to meet and take photos with our mascot.”

The Tauranga Santa Run will start at the bottom of Mauao and go around the Mount base track.

“We are excited this year to be Lactic Turkey Events’ chosen charity,” adds Dan, “and with your help we can continue to support 3200 kids in the Bay of Plenty.”

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is passionate about making a difference in the communities where they operate. They work with children and youth throughout the country, to build resilience and self-confidence.

Over the last 23 years their transformational programmes have impacted the lives of over 250,000 young Kiwis.

Their programmes use a range of creative, physical and mental challenges, to show kids that what they have inside them is greater than any obstacle.

Registrations are still open for the event, and cost $27 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $20 for students aged 13-18, $10 for juniors aged 5-12 and $5 for under-fives.

People can register at: lacticturkey.netinsites.co.nz/greatnzsantarun or pay a late entry on the day.