[Watch previous FOX 8 News coverage from December 2019 in the player above.]
CLEVELAND (WJW) — “A Christmas Story Run” is over forever, organizers announced on Facebook Wednesday.
“It comes with great sadness that we announce the A Christmas Story Run has been permanently canceled,” A Christmas Story House posted on its Facebook page. “Thank you to all who have volunteered and supported the [run] through the years.”
It had already been canceled the last three years.
The last run was in 2019, when 5K and 10K runners — some costumed in the spirit of the classic 1983 film — sped from downtown Cleveland to the A Christmas Story House in Tremont, FOX 8 News reported.
See photos from the 2017 run below:
The 2020 run was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 run was also canceled, since permits and licensing were not ready, organizers said. A message on the website announcing the cancellation of the 2022 run adds, “We hope to be back in 2023.”
Brian Jones, owner of the A Christmas Story House, put the house up for sale last fall.
“It is simply time for me to move on to a new adventure in life after 20 years in this endeavor,” he said at the time.
Jones got back to FOX 8 Wednesday evening, going into more depth on the decision to scrap the popular run.
“A Christmas Story Run is simply a COVID casualty,” he said in a statement. “The last time we hosted the run was 2019. Almost 3 and half years ago. We did explore bringing it back this year but, in the end, determined that it was just not feasible for a myriad of reasons. We, like many fans, are sad to see it go but look forward to continuing to welcome fans to A Christmas Story House.”