Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual five-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, Dec. 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual five-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, Dec. 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Over 10,000 people participated in a 5k fun run called the “Santa Dash” in Liverpool, Great Britian to kick off the Christmas season. The Santa Dash was begun by Great Britian’s bronze medal winning gymnast, Beth Tweddle, who could not participate in the run due to a leg injury, but enjoyed the festivities anyway. In all there were thirty Santa Dashes that took place to start the Christmas season, and they were enjoyed by adults, children, and pets alike.

The goal of the Liverpool run besides raising money for the Claire House Children’s Hospice was to have a run with more participants than the one being held in Las Vegas on December 7th. The real winners in the results of these fun runs are the charities they raise money for.

The participants certainly partake in the beginning of the Christmas spirit, and the director of the Las Vegas Santa Dash, Linda Smith stated she hopes what is taking place in Great Britian and the US will become more of a global event.

Similar Santa Dashes were held in Dublin, Galway, and Japan with its Osaka Great Santa Run. Fun and charity can be found at any of the Santa Dash locations, a tremendous way to begin the Christmas season.
Source:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/liverpool-santa-dash-tries-to-break-world-record-as-christmas-charity-fun-runs-take-place-across-country-8978209.html