As we were lined up for the race there were Santas as
far as you could see behind us.......
.......and in front of us.
This race was a blast! I loved seeing hundreds of Santas in every direction. As I drove through Burlington to park this morning I saw several Santas warming up. I never thought I would find my friends in the sea of Santas but I found two friends and one other friend found me. Several people had individualized their outfits. One lady wore a green lei which was genius as she was very easy to spot. It was fun to see school kids also racing dressed up as Santa.
I actually found my friends, Christa and Becky.
Sara found me!
I had decided I wasn't even going to try to race. I left my Garmin at home and carried my camera in my hand to take pictures. I stopped a few times for pics but took many on the run. The suits that we were given were very cheap. I wasn't sure I would be able to keep the pants up and saw more than one person stopped trying to fix theirs. The worst problem was the belt and wisely many people wore their own. Note made for next year. I had to stop about half way as my belt broke. I tied it together but it never worked well the rest of the race. My coat kept flopping open to show my - horrors - blue shirt! I didn't think my shirt would show or I would have worn black or white.
The race has started.
We're headed up Battery Hill.
This is Willard where I had to fix my belt.
Headed down Main toward the finish.
Here is the finish. I took this picture before the race.
It was great to see all the people watching the race. Kids got high fives from Santa after Santa. As we headed up Battery Hill cars were stopped. Kids were watching us from inside the cars with eyes as big as saucers! It was awesome!
There was a feel good attitude for this whole race. Afterwards I did some shopping and kept forgetting I had this Santa costume on. No problem though because so did many other people in the crowd. It was quite hysterical. Many people asked about the race and talked about doing it next year. This year they cut it off at 1200 but they announced the cut off next year will be 2000. I suspect it will fill quicker as so many more people know about it now. As I type this I am waiting for the news to show a clip from it. There is going to be a You Tube video which I will share when I can find it.
There was a mat for both the start and finish which is not usual around here. Plus there were medals - nice ones - for a 5K! And a top notch breakfast after at one of three locations to help with crowds. This may have been an inaugural race here but it was very well organized. It's one I can see becoming a December tradition.
It's an awesome medal. I will definitely take
it to school to share with my students.