Entries for the 10th anniversary edition of BTR Liverpool’s Santa Dash are now open, with organisers hopeful Mersey runners will be able to retain the World Santa title from their Las Vegas counterparts. Last year, Liverpool’s event attracted 10,299 participants, but was narrowly beaten by the Las Vegas Great Santa Run who had an extra 902 Santas to win the 2013 battle.
Liverpool last took the honours in 2010, but organisers BTR Liverpool are determined to win it back during the event’s milestone 10th anniversary. Earlier this year, the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash was recognised nationally when it was named as Best Fun Run runner-up in The Running Awards 2014, in a category of 12 finalists.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “The Santa Dash is not just a fun run, it’s a huge festive spectacle – especially when you see over 10,000 Santas gathered at the start line on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Pier Head. They then embark on a 5k run round the city and finish outside Liverpool Town Hall. It would be fitting for Liverpool to win back the unofficial title from Las Vegas during our 10th anniversary – so the race is on for entries.
“The sight of thousands of Santas arriving in the city centre by train; sightseeing after the run; and generally moving round the city after the event is a complete joy to watch. People walk round with a big smile as soon as they put that Santa suit on. The Santa Dash most definitely has the feel-good factor.”
BTR staged the very first Liverpool Santa Dash in 2004 with 2,000 entries. It has since grown in size year on year. In 2007, the event was expanded to also include a 1K Mini Dash for youngsters, followed by the introduction of blue Santa suits in 2010
Participants are provided with a full Santa suit, and blue Santa suits are limited to just 500 so early registration is recommended. All finishers receive a commemorative medal. Early bird entry is £22 up to 8 November, and then £27.