On Saturday, December 17, thousands of running Santas flooded one of Madrid’s main boulevards as they took part in a six kilometre race to raise charity fund. They set off from Colon square and ran to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and back in a race whose organisers aimed to tried to assemble a record number of runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits. More than 10,000 runners took part in the race and paid fee of 15 euros each. Organizers provided each participant with a Santa Claus outfit and fake beard. Part of the money raised will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Madrid. Kids ran in green elves outfits. Samanta, a Santa racer, said: “This is the first time I have participated in the race. We had a wonderful time”. Many sick people participated in the race. One named Mariluz said: “I’m a cancer patient but I managed to participate in the race. I met many people and learned many things”
In London, more than 2,000 people in Santa outfits came together for a charity marathon called “London Santa Run” earlier this month. The run raised money for British athletes with disabilities and other charity funds.
A Santa Race was also held in Athens, Greece. Women and men, young and old, dressed as Santas ran a 2.5 kilometer course and contributed 10 euros each to a fund for child patients.