This weekend in North Texas is the Great Santa Run 5k. I’m not running it this year as I need to run 12 miles for my marathon training. And I know if I join in a 5k, my competitive side will come out of the closet and wanna race! So I’m being smart and sticking with my steady long run. I did run it last year however, and here’s my recap:
It was the first year for this race, and I think they did a decent job with it. It benefits a very good cause (My Possibilities), and is a fun event. They didn’t have chip timing, so I couldn’t find what my time was, but I’m sure it wasn’t anything too speedy. After all, we were in Santa suits for crying out loud, and aloud.
They were trying to set the world record for largest Santa gathering. I’m not sure if they did or not, but there were a ton of us out there. The St. Nick costume was included in our registration. A rather unique idea for a race, I thought. I enhanced mine with a red cape (no photo available). Can I just say though, that they got the suits from somewhere in China, and they were cheeeeaaap. Now don’t go gettin’ me wrong, I wasn’t expecting anything professional, but it was actually comical how bad they were. The sizes and styles were completely random, no matter which one you got or what it said on the label. The suits actually started falling apart during the run. I half expected this since you could see through them before the race even started. Haha! Still, it was fun though.
All in all it was a strange morning. It was a rather ridiculous sight seeing all those Kringle’s running around, and Eric Estrada (C.H.I.P.S) even made a surprise spectator appearance. Apparently he was staying in the hotel near the race start and walked outside to watch us run. Some lucky fan even got to plank on him. Totally random.
Good luck to everyone who’s running it this year. I hope it’s just as random!