It is an event that has been happening for 6 years and a favourite for Cochranites. The Cochrane Fire Department asked Santa if he could drop in a bit early on Christmas Eve so they can drive him around to all the neighbourhoods on the fire truck. This year the procession is growing even bigger with police, EMS and Mayor Jeff Genung.
Firefighter, Dave Levisky says that Santa's Run continues to grow in size and popularity every year. "After the fact a lot of parents reach out and mention how big of a hit it was. As for the kids, Levisky says, "A lot of the kids say they are super excited to get to bed knowing Santa is in the neighbourhood."
Levisky adds that last year they started taking food donations for the Cochrane Food Bank and it went so well that they are going to do it again this year.
Here is the final route and schedule for the Santa Run. You will probably hear his arrival on the fire truck.
FIRESIDE 1:40 : Traffic Circle By Children’s Red Park (5 minute stop) 1:45 - 1:50: Down Fireside Way to Fireside School then Fireside Parkway to Fireside Drive to Fireside Blvd to EXIT
THE WILLOWS : Play Park South of Traffic Circle on Willow Park (5 minute stop) 2:05 - 2:10: Willow Street to Traffic Circle on Willow Drive to EXIT
RIVER HEIGHTS (Riversong Northside) : River Heights Play Park on River Heights Blvd (5-10 minute stop) 2:20 - 2:30 : River Heights Blvd to River Heights Green back to River Heights Children’s Park to EXIT
RIVIERA: Traffic Circle by Riviera Play Park (10 minute stop) 2:35 - 2:45 to EXIT
RIDGE VIEW (Riversong Southside) : 2:55 Ridge Gate then around Ridge View Close then to EXIT
BOW RIDGE : To Toboggan Hill at Bow Ridge Road/George Fox Trail (5 minute stop) 3:10 - 3:15 : Bow Ridge Road to Bow Ridge Crescent (past Clarence Copithorne Park) back to Toboggan Hill to EXIT
BOW MEADOWS : Around the entire Bow Meadows Drive Loop 3:20 to EXIT
WEST TERRACE : Down Quigley Drive to Mitford/CCA School (5 minute stop) 3:30-3:35 then down on West Terrace Road back to Quigley Drive to EXIT.
GLENBOW : Glenpatrick Road (North to South) stopping at Glenbow School (5 minute stop) 3:45 - 3:50 then out Glenpatrick Road to Fifth Ave to EXIT
RIVER VIEW 4:00 - 4:10 : Riverview Drive(North to South) around the entire Riverview Close then back down Riverview Drive to EXIT
DOWNTOWN 4:15 1st Street West starting at Shell Gas Station to Rockyview Hotel to Coffee Trader’s (10 minutes +/- Santa’s Cookie and Coffee Break)
COCHRANE HEIGHTS 4:35 : Chiniki Drive around the Tri-Schools down Chinook Drive to Forth Ave to EXIT
HEARTLAND Heartland Way (West to East) to Traffic Circle (10 minute stop) 4:50- 5:00 : Heartland Blvd to EXIT
HERITAGE HILLS Heritage Gate to Heritage Drive stopping at Children’s Play Park (5 minute stop) 5:10-5:15 to Heritage Blvd to Heritage View then Heritage Drive to EXIT
SUNSET 5:30 Sunset Drive (South to North) past St. Timothy’s School to Sunset Blvd to Children’s Play Park at Pond (10 minute stop) 5:35 -5:45
GLENEAGLES GlenEagles Drive at the entrances of Glenvista Place and Glensummit Close (5 minute stop) 6:00-6:05 GlenEagles Drive back down to Highway 1A underpass.
EAST END Mountain to Pope to Sibbald to Carolina stop at Dewey Park at 6:15 to EXIT