Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau
Friday, March 29, 2013 | 3:59 p.m.
After a four-year absence, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run is returning to downtown Las Vegas.
The benefit for nonprofit Opportunity Village, which includes a 5K run and a mile walk, will be held Dec. 7.
Opportunity Village was founded in Las Vegas in 1954 and serves some 3,000 people with intellectual disabilities throughout the valley.
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village marketing director, said Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the Fremont Street Experience were helpful in bringing the event back downtown.
“A lot of (the mayor’s) constituents were asking when it would come back downtown, where so many exciting things are happening,” Wood said.
The race begins at 10 a.m. It costs $40 for adults, $35 for adult team members and $25 for children. Food, costume contests and entertainment are also part of the event.
Last year, some 10,000 people participated. This year’s race will begin under the electronic canopy of the Fremont Street Experience, and participants will pass various downtown landmarks.
Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.