After a two year hiatus due to COVID, Run Santa Run! is back as a live event for 2022!

Join us in Downtown Calgary on Saturday, December 17th morning at Eau Claire Market to participate or just celebrate the Holiday Season with us.

Run Santa Run is a fun running/walking fundraising event in support of Third Academy – – a school for children with special education needs, LYNX – – our nature inspired program in Cochrane and Calgary, and our Home Based Education Programs through ursa – Combined, we provide quality services to over 1500 ECS children and students in Grades 1 to 12 in Alberta and throughout the world.

Our first Run Santa Run! was held in 2010, with over 250 participants. This year, we are expecting 300 participants who want to have fun in the spirit of Christmas and assist families to access quality educational services. Yes, we will all have the chance to dress up in Santa suits and walk/run… kinda silly, but why not!

All funds raised through Run Santa Run! 2022 are earmarked for enhanced programming and bursary programs for Third Academy, LYNX, and ursa students. We believe our programs should be accessible to all that would benefit from them, irrespective of a family’s financial circumstances.

Third Academy International Ltd. – also known as Third Schools – – is a registered charity #88694 2085 RR0001. At Third Schools, ‘It’s education, your child’s way’.

What is Run Santa Run!?

It’s an event for both competitive runners and folks that just want to have fun either running or going for a walk while gathering together to support a charitable organization.


Runners and walkers should register today through the Running Room website at

Runners choose either the 10 km or 5 km run. We also have a 3 km walk.

Pledge or Donate

Participants are to set a goal for pledges and donations. Whether its $50 or $5,000, it all adds up in the end. By running or walking, “together, we will make a difference” in the life of a child. Ask friends, relatives, and the public to sponsor you by making a charitable donation to Third Academy International, a registered charity. Donations may be made through credit card payment at the Running Room’s website ( or by credit card, debit card, check, or cash at the event.


Join us on the morning of Saturday, December 17th 2022 at the Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW Calgary (main food court level).

  • 09:00 am – Pick up Santa Suits and enjoy our Kris Kringle Mingle with Hot Chocolate & Coffee
  • 09:45 am – Santa Warm Up
  • 10:00 am – 10 km Race Begins
  • 10:05 am – 5 km Race Begins
  • 10:10 am – 3 km Walk Begins