12 Dec

The Day 8500 Santas Came To Town

With the ever increasing popularity of festive themed races, the general public perhaps have become accustomed to seeing grown men and woman running the streets dressed as Santa Claus. However, it is rare to see 8500 Santas run at the same time!

This was the case during Sunday’s (10 December) Glasgow Santa Dash where a record number of participants took part in the 5k event to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity. The figure is made even more impressive with the event falling on the coldest day of the year so far - with temperatures as low as -3C in Glasgow.

Since launching in 2006, the Santa Dash has raised more than £250,000 for good causes.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander kicked off the 2017 run in George Square at 10am with the runners following a route through the city centre before heading back to the finish line in George Square. 

Ms Bolander said: “Seeing thousands of Santas running through the streets of Glasgow is spectacular and unforgettable. That so many take the time to come and support charities as we head towards Christmas shows just how generous Glasgow is. 

“I hope everyone who ran the race and came along, and particularly all the volunteers, had a wonderful time.” 

Maisie Hamilton, Beatson Cancer Charity’s Community Fundraising Manager, added: “It was such a fantastic sight in an incredible city.”