FITNESS TRACKING SANTA: In case you missed it while you were out and about Christmas shopping last weekend, in a new annual holiday tradition here on the Seacoast (Santa Ski New England), Santa and his reindeer water-skied across the Piscataqua River Saturday afternoon. The Jolly Old Elf and his 9 reindeer (Rudolph too) braved the freezing temps to cross train on water skis as they prepare for the big round the globe trek in 3 weeks. Saint Nick is always working on his core, leg strength and balance so he can prance around those rooftops, click, click, click. [Santa photo and video courtesy/property of Foster’s Daily & Fosters.com]
According to Fosters.com story Santa, crew ski for good cause in Port City, Santa’s lead reindeer and Portsmouth Resident, Jamie Richard embraced the frigid water saying “I love water skiing and it seemed like fun idea, even in the winter.” Santa and the 9, well make that 6 (3 did not make it up on skis), tallish reindeer skied around the river to the delight of the local Seacoast crowd and awestruck kids bundled up on the restaurant decks.
With light snow falling in Portsmouth it was a perfect holiday backdrop and all done for a good cause. Santa Ski New England helped raise funds for three local food banks: Footprints, Table of Plenty and Operation Blessing in addition to assisting End 68 Hours of Hunger. Santa felt right at home on water skis noting, “I love waterskiing and the water is not that cold for December.” The Jolly Old Elf exclaimed ere he skied off to my right, “It’s really not that bad, because I’m used to the North Pole.”
The next day, far North of here, Santa and a handful of his most fit and athletic helpers hit the slopes up at Sunday River Resort in Maine for the annual Santa Sunday event. Nearly 300 Santa skiers and snowboarders gathered in Bethel for the 13th annual event swarming the trails in blurs of red and white. Santa showed off his mad pow skills on one and two planks and made a nice adjustment to the snowy terrain from the icy river waters the day before. Reports are that Santa got in a solid 12 runs on the “red diamond” trails in honor of the 12 Days of Christmas. All funds raised by Santa Sunday benefitted the Bethel Rotary Club’s holiday toy drive.
Impressed by Santa’s new fitness regimen yet? After an intense leg and core workout this past weekend skiing on the icy Piscataqua and the slopes of Maine, Santa is right back getting after it this week with more festive fitness workouts. But he will need to rebalance, stretch the sore muscles and relax his body and mind – especially since by some accounts he is 143 years old. So svelte Santa will be taking his workout back inside (not down the chimney) this week and paying a special Friday Fun Night visit to Childlight Yoga in Dover, NH for Holiday Happiness. The Jolly Elf will visit with the good little boys and girls of the Seacoast at Childlight Studio to play holiday games, make some ornaments and work on his downward deer with the little yogis. Namaste Santa, Namaste.
A more-centered Santa will continue his festive fitness tour this weekend and head on down to Boston to join thousands of his closest bikini-clad friends in the annual and infamous Santa Speedo Run. Since Santa has been on this new balanced fitness regimen, the big man is turning that bowl full of jelly into a box of rocks. Not afraid to show off his chiseled bod for a good cause, yes Santa will be sporting the red Speedo on Saturday as he leads thousands of helpers and elves in the annual 1 mile run/jog through streets of Boston. The Speedo Run is a charitable race/sprint that raises funds for a variety of local children’s charities in Boston. You can still register to run in your Speedo with Santa, or with your own team of elves or elvettes. It’s just a mile, so you can jog it and jingle all the way.
Santa’s festive fitness tour around New England winds down this Sunday with the 18th annual Winner’s Circle Running Club Santa’s Toy Trot up the coast in Merrimac, MA. The trot is actually 3 trots or races, a 2, 4 and 6-miler. All 3 Toy Trots start at 1pm. Santa will be trotting along in the 6-miler, if you were wondering, and he’ll be bringing lots of toys for the good girls and boys. Yes, the Toy Trot fittingly benefits Toys for Tots. You can keep fit running this weekend with Santa and make some kids Christmas all the merrier. Now that’s some good will towards men! Take it from Santa, fitness can be fun and festive during the holidays. So why not be fit for fitness-sake? Oh…