The Salvation Army’s Virtual Santa Shuffle Supports Communities Across Canada

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From December 4-5, 2021, participants from 37 cities across Canada came together virtually to support those in need in their communities by running the Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk. Thanks to their efforts, over $350,000 was raised to support the work of The Salvation Army in shelters, community and family services centres, food banks and beyond.

“Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s event,” says Corey Robert, national race director. “The COVID-19 pandemic has increased need across the country, and we are so grateful for people who stand behind the shield with us here at The Salvation Army. Your contributions have given hope to those who need it most.”

In partnership with the Running Room, The Salvation Army has hosted the Santa Shuffle for 31 years. The event has been held virtually since 2020, meaning that participants collected pledges from friends and family and ran safely within their communities as the pandemic prevented in-person events. All funds raised went directly back to The Salvation Army’s social and community programs in the participants’ communities, which benefitted greatly from the additional support during such challenging times.

Beautiful memories were made as participants ran together but apart in 2021’s virtual event. “We had so much fun in Newfoundland! This was my son’s first 5K,” remarked one shuffler. “Continued with tradition and shuffled with my dad today in Sudbury, Ontario,” said another.

After two years of virtual events, the national Santa Shuffle team is excited to announce that the event will be returning in person in 2022. Visit to register.