Thousands set new world record in ‘Santa Dash’

Posted On December 6, 2006

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SANTA DASH > Competitors dressed as Santa Claus take part in the annual 5-kilometer Santa Dash in Liverpool, northern England, December 3.

Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus took part Sunday in the English city of Liverpool’s annual “Santa Dash,” setting a new world record in the process, organizers of the event said.

To raise money for local charities, about 5,000 people dressed up in red suits, white beards, and black boots and ran for five kilometers (3.1 miles) through the streets.

The feat dwarfed last year’s event that saw the northwestern city earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the most Santas in one place at one time with 3,921.

Though more than 5,000 people filled in applications to enter the 2006 event, the exact number of runners along with the total amount raised was not to be confirmed for several weeks.

The event’s web site acknowledges that it will face stiff competition for the world record from an event in Las Vegas later this month.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Santas also dressed up to take part in similar charity runs in two Welsh cities, Newtown and Oswestry, attracting a total of just under 2,000 runners.