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Cedar Point Hosts Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K

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This view of Cedar Point shows construction on their latest roller coaster (the blue and white on the right), GateKeeper, to be open for the 2013 season. (Facebook Photo/Cedar Point)

This view of Cedar Point shows construction on their latest roller coaster (the blue and white on the right), GateKeeper, to be open for the 2013 season. (Facebook Photo/Cedar Point)

SANDUSKY (WWJ) - Join the jolly stampede of runners and reindeer this Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cedar Point’s first-ever Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K.

The half marathon starts at 9 a.m. and features a scenic tour of the Cedar Point Peninsula, followed by a 3.1-mile race at 9:30 along the Cedar Point Causeway. Both races start and end at Castaway Bay indoor waterpark and resort.

All participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and customized dri-fit shirt to wear while running or walking. There will be plenty of holiday decorations, music and cookies along the way to make the race a real treat for everyone. A post-race party will round out the festivities. Participants and spectators can also spread holiday cheer by donating unopened toys to the Toys for Tots boxes at the race.

The Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K first trotted through the streets of Chicago in 2009 and has become one of the fastest-growing races in the country, said race coordinator Lauren Stromberg of Adrenaline Sports Management.

“We’ve seen a lot of success throughout the Midwest with the Santa Hustle racing series,” Stromberg said in a statement. “It’s a run you can do with your whole family … just an all-around fun race.”

The Santa Hustle series has attracted attention from national media including the Travel Channel and the Rachael Ray Show. More than 1,500 participants have registered for the Cedar Point event so far.

“That’s a tremendous response for a first-year event,” Cedar Point marketing manager Bryan Edwards said in a statement. “It has already exceeded our expectations, and we hope it will continue to grow. The race gives people a unique opportunity to experience our park and boardwalk during the winter, when it’s usually off-limits.”

Registration is still available online through Friday, Dec. 14. Participants can also register during packet pick-up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Castaway Bay.

For more information or to register, visit santahustle.com/cedar-point.

Cedar Point will open for its 144th season on May 11, 2013, with its new wing roller coaster, GateKeeper. For more information, visit www.cedarpoint.com.

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