Wednesday 17th of December 2014
The title of holding the world’s biggest festive fun run has returned to Liverpool after thousands of Santa’s filled the streets of the city centre.
Initial figures suggest around 8,500 took part in the annual Santa Dash roughly 500 more than the crowds who took part in Las Vegas’ event. The huge turnout means Liverpool has taken the title back from Las Vegas for the first time since 2010. Families decked out in red and blue Father Christmas outfits defied the cold and blustery weather to fill the city with festive cheer this morning.
Proud this year’s crowds had surpassed those in Las Vegas, BTR race director Alan Rothwell said “It was as good as it ever has been. It’s a sensational event and all the people who took part, they make it the day it is and they pulled it out of the bag despite the weather.”
Starting at the Pier Head, where VIPs including Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy waved on the entrants, the 2014 Santa Dash took participants on a 5km dash around the city, finishing outside the Town Hall.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Santa Dash had an international flavour this year as runners from as far away as the USA, South Africa and Australia signed up to enjoy a unique experience of the city’s iconic waterfront. And the event was labelled a success by many of the thousands who took part.
After finishing in front of crowds of cheering spectators and under a blizzard of fake snow, entrants received a medal to prove they had competed in the festive spectacle. The Santa Dash, organised by BTR Liverpool, first took place in 2004 with 2,000 people taking part.