PTSA holds annual Elf Chase

South Whidbey PTSA and Saratoga Dental host the annual Elf Chase 5K Fun Walk and Run Sunday, Dec. 8, at Community Park.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10.

The walk/run features photos with Santa Claus, music, coffee, hot chocolate, prizes and general merriment.

Participants will walk or run candy-cane lined trails, and kids will win prize if they can catch one of the elusive elves.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women runners, and all participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes, including gift certificates from local businesses.

In conjunction with the walk/run, the Senior Class Grad Night Committee will present a pancake and biscuit and gravy breakfast at the park to raise money for a safe graduation event for the South Whidbey High School class of 2020.

The Elf Chase is the PTSA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Last year the PTSA warded $5,000 in teacher grants and three $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from the funds raised.

This is the 10th annual Elf Chase, an event started by Kelly Henriot and Natalie Eckert, who recognized a need for teacher grants. Tom Sage cut more than 100 candy canes that are still used to line the course today.

Saratoga Dental is the primary sponsor, and many other local businesses contribute each year.

Visit for more information or to register. A limited number of race T-shirts are available; participants can ensure receiving one by registering early.