Santa hats and running shoes a must for fun run

Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s charity fun-run, Christmas Lights Run is back on Thursday, 17 December from 6.30pm.

A course for cyclists will also be offered this year for the first time.

Christmas Lights Run will take runners and cyclists around some of the best Christmas Light Displays Ipswich City has to offer while supporting a good cause.

Spending time in hospital with a sick child can often be stressful time, especially when an overnight stay is needed.

Funds raised will be spent on new parent chairs that fold down for a better night’s sleep in local hospitals.

Participants have the option of a 5km run, 10km run, or a 10km bike ride.

The routes for this festive run are kept secret until the eve of Christmas Lights Run, however, the run and ride will start and finish at Bill Patterson Oval in Limestone Park, Ipswich.

Christmas Lights Run will be supported by the Hospital Foundation’s Fit4Life Coaches, a support vehicle (should anyone need a break along the way), and water stations.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation Fit4Life Coach, Shani Wilton is excited that Christmas Lights Run is back in 2020 given the challenges this year brought to our community.

“You can guarantee this run is going to be a fun run,” Ms Wilton said.

“Everyone will be in high spirits and excited to be out and moving again at an event now that restrictions are easing for this kind of activity.

“Running lights, Christmas lights, santa hats, and festive-themed outfits are 100 per cent encouraged.”

Ipswich Hospital Foundation Christmas Lights Run coordinator Kayley Taaffe is encouraging everyone in the community to register for their tickets online before they sell out.

“We’ve got a staggered start to increase our numbers this year in line with our COVID Safeplan, but tickets always go quick,” Ms Taaffe said.

“There’s no better way to get your sweat on this festive season then by running or cycling past our city’s best Christmas light displays.

“We’re ending the year on a bright note by lighting the streets and the patient experience in hospitals with this fundraising event.”

Registration is $20 and must be secured online before the event at

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