|My free Santa suit!|
December 3, 2011 - Today was a fun run in downtown Manchester. The Santa Claus Shuffle literally meant 1000+ runners in santa suits running three miles. The inaugural race launched the holiday season in the 2nd Happiest City in America beginning and ending at Veteran's Park. Following the race was an awards presentation, tree lighting ceremony and holiday parade.
Check in at registration meant that the first 1000 runners received a free santa suit. I was #626. With temperatures in the mid 40s, I was not sure I wanted to wear the entire suit which consisted of hat, jacket, and pants (later I found the belt hidden in the tip of the hat). However, one could not ignore the fun and festive atmosphere. Runners were not only dressed as Santas, but also elves, and Grinches, and Mary & Joseph! I couldn't resist. When else would I get to run a 5K completely made up like Santa?
|Santa Claus Shuffle - 26:59 - 3 miles|
Glancing ahead was an amazing sight: a sea of red and white suits filled Elm Street for as far as the eyes could see. Bells were ringing, children waving, and people laughing and enjoying the various costumes on the runners. The easy out and back course was quick and mostly flat. This fun race was a great way to start the Christmas season. My guess is that it will become a seasonal tradition in Manchester. At least, we hope so.