, Newburyport, MA


December 14, 2013

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


“Over 10 years.”

How many runners are registered?

“About 175. In good weather, we typically average around 350 runners.”

What is the cost to register?

“The cost of the race is $15 if you bring a toy, and $25 if you do not. The extra $10 donated will be put toward buying toys.”

You have an age category for people over the age of 80. Do you have any runners in that category?

“I believe we do. Lou Peters is running the race, and he is over the age of 80. I think he is 82.”

What is your age range for this year?

“We have a free Elf Run so anybody can bring their children and run with them. We have kids from 3 or 4 years old run the track that is just about a quarter mile and is a loop around the Sweetsir School. For our normal race, we have kids as young as 9 years old run.”

Can you explain the track – where it goes, what type of terrain it is?

“The terrain is pretty flat and fast. It is very doable.”

What are the prizes for top finishers?

“For our top finishers, if you break the course record you win a pair of running snow shoes. Winners of the 2-mile race, the 4-mile race and the 6-mile race get ski gloves and ski liners for the gloves. For division age winners you get a one pound jar of fresh honey grown by me, and those who finish in second place get a one-half pound jar of honey. That’s about 70 different awards we give out.”

How many toys have been collected because of your race, and what are your goals for this year?

“We average about 200 to 250 toys because a lot of people will bring extra toys. Last year we donated $750 to Toys for Tots to buy toys for children who are going through special circumstances.”

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