Glasgow Santa Dash

Glasgow's Festive Favourite Returns At Last

Glasgow's Santa Dash makes its return this year and is sporting a brand new route...

Glasgow's much-loved Santa Dash will return to the city on Sunday 11 December after a three year absence. Not only that, it makes its triumphant return sporting a brand new route around Glasgow Green and the Gorbals and a more sustainable approach to fancy dress!

The event was first staged back in 2006 and quickly became a firm favourite in the city's events calendar. It attracted 8000 runners in 2018 and has raised more than £350,000 for various charities since it started. The pandemic has prevented the live event taking place in recent years but it is now back due to popular demand!

Glasgow's Lord Provost, Jacqueline McLaren, said: "I'm thrilled that the Santa Dash is returning this year. It is always such a joyful family event which puts a smile on everyone's faces. It signals that Christmas is coming and enables people to support charities which are especially hard-pressed this year.

"The new route will bring an added dimension to the festivities and I can't wait to watch a sea of Santas running round Glasgow Green after the starter's gun is fired! I'm sure there will be a celebratory atmosphere as it makes its big return and that people will be eager to sign up, have some fun and support their favourite charities."

Maisie McCormick, community fundraising manager at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: "We are so excited for the Santa Dash to be back in a live format for the first time since 2019. Our charity has been incredibly grateful to receive support from Santa Dash participants since 2016 - and this year is no different. 

"Everyone who signs up to take part will be helping to make a difference to cancer patients and their families across Scotland. Round up your families, friends and workplaces to do something fun during the festive season - we can't wait to see you all there!"

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. Anyone keen to raise sponsorship for the Beatson Cancer Charity can also do so via their JustGiving page

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

Registration closes on Friday 9 December at 4pm, if you'd like to know more visit the website here.

Image: Glasgow Council Facebook

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