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Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle sees higher turnout with mild weather

Over 300 runners took part in the Salvation Army's Santa Shuffle Saturday morning. Brandon Gonez / Global News

REGINA – Over 300 runners took part in the Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle Saturday morning.

Organizers say they had anticipated about 250 participants but say the mild weather played a big role in the larger turnout this year compared to last.

Participants had the choice to do either the 5k run or the 1k elf walk.

Runners collected money for the Salvation Army with a goal of raising $15,000, which was up from $10,000 last year.

Organizers say the money raised will help those in need.

“The money being raised this year is going towards the Salvation Army’s Kate’s Place here in Regina. It is a shelter for homeless women and children and they provide help for these women as they receive treatment for their addictions,” said Andrew Doan, the Salvation Army’s community advisor.

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The Santa Shuffle is an event that happens  in 41 cities across Canada.

Doan says the goal was to have 16,000 runners participate across the country.

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