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December 14, 2013

Q&A with 'Santa's Toy Trot' special events coordinator Jim Banyas

MERRIMAC – The Winner’s Circle Running Club is going to hold its annual Santa’s Toy Trot to collect toys for children of Merrimac tomorrow at Sweetsir School.

The race is very casual in the sense that once you start running, you can choose your personal finish line. Those competing in the race have the option of stopping after two miles, or continuing on to run three 2-mile loops, running a total of six miles. The race promises to be a fun event for people of all ages, including young children who can partake in the “Santa’s Elves’ Fun Run,” a quarter-mile dash around the Sweetsir School. Registration for the Race is held at 11:30 am tomorrow. The Santa’s Elves’ Fun Run is held 20 minutes before the actual race begins at 1 p.m.

Special Events Coordinator Jim Banyas took the time to answer questions on his organization, the race and the benefit it has on the Merrimac community.

Can you talk about the Winner’s Circle Running Club and what it does for the community?

“We are based out of Salisbury, and we have donated just around $14,000 to $15,000 this year to local charities. We are a non-profit organization so everything we make in our runs and our events we donate.”

Has the race been rescheduled or is it still taking place on Sunday?

“As of right now, the race is still on track for Sunday. The storm looks like it will end in the morning so our race that begins at 1 p.m. should be right on track.”

How many miles is your race?

“A 2-mile loop. So you can run one, two or three loops for up to six miles total so there are essentially three races in one.”

How many years has this race taken place?

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