Glasgow Santa Dash

Santas In Red, On The Green

Dust off your Santa boots and join thousands of others for the most festive 5K of the year! It will be a sight to be-ho-ho-hold...

Glasgow's much-loved Santa Dash is back Sunday 10 December, having made a triumphant return to the city in 2022. Ocne again the event will follow a route around Glasgow Green and the Gorbals with the area set to  transform into a red sea of festivity.

Last year, almost 4,000 runners dressed as Santa, elves and even a dinosaur to complete the new 5K route – some with prams and dogs in tow. Participants raised money for a range of charities and organisations and volunteers helped make the event a huge success.

This year’s race, which will be started by Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Jacqueline McLaren, will see runners armed with Santa hats snake their way through Glasgow Green before taking in the Gorbals and running along the River Clyde towards the finish line at the 2014 Commonwealth Games sculpture.

Organisers told us: "Thousands of Santas took part in last year's live 'dash', our first with the new route in and around Glasgow Green. Let's make this year the best yet!"

The Santa Dash has raised more than £400,000 for various charities since it 'hit the streets' in 2006 and is now a firm favourite in the city's events calendar. Runners who take part in the sponsored event can raise funds for their chosen charity and any profits from the event will be split between the Beatson Cancer Charity and the Lord Provost's Children's Fund.

This year's event will be sustainable thanks to reusable t-shirts that will be printed with Santa suits to replace single use costumes. Participants can also enjoy free bus travel to and from the event courtesy of First Bus.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Glasgow City Council website.

Image: Glasgow City Council

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