Santas go jogging for charity

MARIKA HILL
Last updated 20:13 05/12/2012
LAUGHING ALL THE WAY: More than 1200 people donned the red suit for the Great KidsCan Santa Run in Auckland.
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LAUGHING ALL THE WAY: More than 1200 people donned the red suit for the Great KidsCan Santa Run in Auckland.

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A mob of soaked Santas ran through the streets of inner-city Auckland this evening in aid of a children's charity.

More than 1200 people donned the red suit for the Great KidsCan Santa Run.

The Santa hat and suit offered some shelter from the rainy day for the 3km event on the waterfront.

KidsCan chief executive Julie Chapman said it was "controlled chaos" when the jolly Santas hit the streets.

"It's just a crazy atmosphere."

Entrants built sleighs from trolleys and dressed animals as reindeer for the event, she said.

More than 400 extra people ran in Auckland this year compared to 2011. 

The charity run started in 2008 and takes place simultaneously at 10 centres around New Zealand.

Nationally, there were over 3,000 Santas running, up from 2,000 last year.

The event aims to one day break the world record of 15,000 Santas running, which took place in Canada, Chapman said.

All proceeds go to child poverty charity KidsCan.

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