It would be easy to mistake downtown Las Vegas for the North Pole this weekend but not just because of the dipping temperatures and possible snow.
Opportunity Village brings back its annual holiday event that features a sea of red-suited, white-bearded runners. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run enters its ninth year Saturday in the streets of downtown.
Organizers plan to start the race at the Fremont Street Experience with a trial that passes many of Las Vegas' landmarks.
More than 10,000 Santa Claus lookalikes are expected to put shoe - or boot, for that matter - to pavement in the event that also crowns a city with the most suited runners. Las Vegas holds the title of World Santa Challenge champion, taking over from cities like Liverpool, England and Osaka, Japan.
Opportunity Village's largest annual fundraiser is also getting some star power from resident Las Vegas act and country music superstar Shania Twain serving as grand marshal.
Live entertainment as well as day of registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Third Street Stage. The run of the Santas gets underway at 10 a.m.
Registration is $40 for individuals, $35 for team members and $25 for kids 12 and under. Day-of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. Registration includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts.
Visit LasVegasSantaRun.org to register.
Motorists heading in the direction of the run can expect lane closures, including those at Las Vegas Boulevard and Carson Avenue as well as Fremont Street and Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth streets.
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