Sankt Nikolaus Lauf

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Christmas-themed run and walk raises funds for local charities; holiday songs play during the race

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On Saturday, December 1, runners and walkers celebrate the coming of winter while raising funds for The Riley Children’s Hospital, the Indianapolis YMCA’s Y For All Campaign, the children of Lutherwood, and the Athenaeum Foundation. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Athenaeum, with check-in from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Each racer receives a long-sleeve T-shirt. Afterwards, racers can gather in the YMCA and relax.

The fourth annual Sankt Nikolaus Day Lauf 5K and 5-Mile races are held in conjunction with the St. Nikolaus Festival. The event celebrates German heritage and the arrival of its namesake saint, whose flowing gray beard and ornate robes are closely related to those of the American Santa Claus. For 28 years, the Indiana German Heritage Society has hosted the St. Nikolaus Festival, which features not only the themed race, but also a Christmas tree candle-lighting ceremony, Christmas desserts, and a range of other German holiday traditions.

Sankt Nikolaus Lauf

Several times a year, Sankt Nikolaus Lauf embraces exercise, charity, and German heritage by hosting a costume-filled run/walk in the heart of Indianapolis. In the fall months, the race joins forces with GermanFest and invites waves of jovial runners and walkers to don lederhosen for the event. Weeks later, during the St. Nikolaus Festival, hordes of athletes don the traditional scarlet suit and flowing beard of Santa Claus for the Sankt Nikolaus Day Lauf. With numbers pinned to the backs of their seasonal ensembles and the race's starting words “Achtung, fertig, los!” ringing in their ears, racers sprint through the chilly air in pursuit of awards, festival goodies, and funds for charitable foundations.

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