Every year thousands of runners dress up as pink nightmares, leg lamps, cowboys, and more to celebrate their favorite movie A Christmas Story while taking part in the annual A Christmas Story Run 5k/10k. The charity run benefits the neighborhood surrounding A Christmas Story House, helping to restore and maintain the homes of the neighbors near the landmark filming location.
Run organizers have added a new twist this year by declaring it to be the “Year of the Bumpus Hounds.” While the run has always been dog friendly, this is the first year runners can sign up their canine companions. The run has opened up registration for up to 700 doggy participants, who even get their own race swag. Each dog will receive a race bib, dog leash, dog scarf, A Christmas Story Run dog tag, tidy bag & scooper, and for the fashion forward pooch there is even an optional A Christmas Story Run one of a kind dog t-shirt!
The A Christmas Story Run has a new theme every year, and this year’s is based around the Parker Family’s neighbor’s 785 smelly hound dogs. Run organizers have teamed up with Tremont based Cleveland Animal Protective League and City Dogs. “We are always looking for new and meaningful ways to give back to the community that hosts us,” says race director Amy Kentner. “Both the Cleveland APL and City Dogs do such tremendous work locally for our animal friends that we felt they would be the perfect partnership. If there is any way we can help these animals find loving homes we’ll do it.”
You don’t need to have a dog to participate, so to keep this year’s run organized it will begin in waves. The first wave will be strictly runners, the second runners and their canines, the third is for walkers, and the fourth walkers with canines. This is to ensure the safety of everyone on the course.
The run benefits the A Christmas Story House Foundation, which provides grants to neighbors of A Christmas Story House & Museum. Since it was established in 2013 $391,000 has been raised to invest into the neighborhood. In 2017 the foundation funded 9 projects, which consisted of replaced porches, painted houses, and new fences. Through the money raised in 2017 the foundation will have $99,319.80 to go to 2018 restoration projects.
For questions about A Christmas Story Run and to register please visit www.AChristmasStoryRun.com.
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A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every hour.