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12/03/2016 14:45 EST | Updated 12/04/2017 00:12 EST

Salvation Army's annual Santa Shuffle kicks off in Regina

If you saw Santa Claus, a giant sheep and a horde of elves running up the streets of Regina on Saturday, you are not going crazy, it was just the Salvation Army's annual Santa Shuffle family fun run. 

For 26 years, the Santa Shuffle has had participants collect pledges and raise funds for good causes in cities across the country. It was the 16th edition of the Regina run that started on Lakeshore Drive. 

The goal was to have 300 participants help raise $20,000, which would go toward the Red Shield Campaign in the city. 

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"This year we have amazing costumes," said Shuffle director Andrew Doan. "People have really gone out of their way to dress up really well."

Doan said runners are encouraged to dress up in Christmas outfits as it creates camaraderie among the participants.

"We definitely have a Christmas feel this year," Doan said of the day's weather. "It's adding to the festive feel of our race."

The all-ages event hopes to raise funds which will stay local. 

All of the proceeds will be distributed among the Salvation Army's programs in Regina such as Haven of Hope Family Ministries, the Waterston Centre and the William Booth Special Care Home among others. 

Ginger Treble took part in the Shuffle with her two daughters — birthday girl Wylynn, 6, and Presley, 7.

Treble said she has been part of other races before but it was her first Santa Shuffle. 

She said she was participating because she believes in a good cause and loves the work the Salvation Army has done in the past. 

"It's perfect," Treble said of the morning. "It gets everybody in the Christmas spirit, the giving spirit and the snow is falling and it's a beautiful day."

Doan estimates there were 330 runners present, surpassing their goal for the day.