Organisers of the Great Santa Run in Las Vegas have laid down the gauntlet to their Liverpudlian counterparts by targeting the Guinness World Record for this year's event. After retaining the World Santa Challenge trophy in 2011, the Las Vegas team announced itsr ambitious assault at a recent press conference in the New York New York hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip.
Despite witnessing its best turnout in 8 years, Liverpool lost out to its transatlantic neighbours in last year's festive contest. Although 7,411 Santa clad runners took to the streets of Liverpool, the residents of Las Vegas pulled no punches as 8,123 festive participants descended on Town Square.
At the formal presentation of the World Santa Challenge trophy, Linda Smith, the Las Vegas event organiser, commented: "The rivalry with Liverpool over the last few years has been instrumental in the doubling of our efforts to secure the World Santa Challenge title. Having beaten Liverpool last year with 8,200 runners we think we are in a great position to attack the Guinness World Record which stands at an amazing 13,000 Santas in one place this coming December."
The Liverpool Santa Dash is unlikely to take the challenge lying down though as organiser and founder of the event, Alan Rothwell, states: "What a challenge we've got this year! Las Vegas has clearly got to be favourites to challenge for the staggering world record number of 13,000 but we've got a great crowd at Liverpool. I think we can secure both World Santa Challenge and Guinness world record titles this year. If anyone can do it Liverpool can."
The RunLiverpool Santa Dash is organised for Sunday 2 December. To register, visit the event website.