the running of the santas

by Kenny H December. 09, 2013 2651 views

The annual Running of the Santas started out in 1998 with about 40 people dressed up as Santa running to and from several drinking establishments with a map all over downtown, having fun while collecting monies for worthy charities at Christmastime. It has since turned into a national event. This years event, in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania chapter, turned out about 5000 or more participants.

In 2007, the “Run” extended to Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Washington DC, Boston, San Diego, and Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and many more would follow.

This years starting line was in front of a local pub called Finnegan's Wake. From there all the Santas ran about 4 blocks or so around the corner to a local concert hall called “Electric Factory”.

Since the weather was great for this one day, participating pubs set up small tents in the parking lot of the concert hall and became the finish line for the event. While it was fairly tame for the most part, some really “creative” or should I say bizarre costumes were to be had.

Back in 2009 the city had a blizzard piling up about 23 inches of snow, threating to shut down the event. All roads and public transportation were shut down. However, at least several thousand people still found their way there…
(FYI…no animals, children, reindeer, sleds, Santas, elves, or poles were injured during this charitable event)

I'll post more of these shots in a few ok?

Some were wasted long before the run began. The doors opened at 9am with a small concert - the actual run wasn't until 4pm.

It was good weather, but it wasn't that good…
(No drooling ladies, ok? )

“Check me out!”

Its all fun and games til the cops show up, lol.

This Grinch was out of breath after the first two blocks. Must have been the cigarette I saw him toss after rounding the corner.

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Tomie Poodle 7 years, 5 months ago

LOL! all kinds of Santa!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 5 months ago

What fun... I love the name of this event... could be comparable to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, except I would hope the Sanats are not quite as dangerous!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Shaghayegh Yassemi 7 years, 5 months ago

I do hope children would not see some of this santas. it will be huge disappointment for them... nice shots though :)

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 7 years, 5 months ago

A Santa in steroids. :-))

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 5 months ago

Santas redefined!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Nancycola 7 years, 5 months ago

That is too funny!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 5 months ago

hahahaha... philly has it all....

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 5 months ago

Too funny!!

7 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 5 months ago

What a bunch of crazy santas! All for a good cause so it's ok :-) I can see this getting completely crazy if opens at 9 and the run is not until 4:00 :-))

7 years, 5 months ago Edited