Yesterday was the inaugural Santa Pur Suit. It was hosted by RunWaterloo and the Stork Family YMCA. Over one thousand Santas, ranging from two years old and up, arrived for the chilly event. The Santas had to choice of running 1, 3, or 5 kilometres. The Santa suits were part of the registration and all parts of the suit had be worn including the beard. (yes, the runner who had a self grown long white beard also had to wear the fake beard) .
I was on hand as a volunteer to witness this historic event. Never has this area witnessed so many Santas and Santas-in-training in one location. At left and immediately below are the front of back images of the volunteer t-shirts. I wonder, since we were helping the Santas, did that make us elves?
|Santas keeping warm before the race. |
This is the slimmest group of Santa, so no belly fat for warmth.
|I had parental permission to snap this photo of some Santas in training.|
The youngest Santa on the course was two years old.
|Ten minutes till race start|
|Heading to the starting line|
|Waiting for that final count down, no not that one, still 23 days till then.|
|And they;re off and running, or rolling as it might be.|
|And still running...|
|Great beard on this rolling Santa.|
|Santas eat an aweful lot, it took ages to cook over 1000 hotdogs.|
|Several boxes of banana...|
|Dozens of cut oranges.|
|Mounds of seedless grapes, easier on the clean-up crew.|
|Just a few of the 1000 hotdogs|
|Five flavours of tasty Pizza was supplied by Panago Pizza|
As I was leaving, a young child, also walking out the door, commented that "Santas all gone, where'd the Santas go?" Her parent didn't miss a beat and replied, "They're all back at the North Pole of course."
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