If Father Christmas needs a bit of help getting around the globe this year, he could do worse than the mob of speedy Santas who showed off their skills in Wellington.
Just under 600 people took part in the Great Santa Run on Wellington's waterfront last night to raise money for the charity KidsCan.
A few spots of rain and a muggy night did not put people off attempting the 2.1-kilometre course. Most were decked out as Old St Nick, but there was the occasional elf in the crowd.
Joe Benbow came built for speed in a Lycra Santa suit that covered him from head to toe. "I found it online and thought it would be perfect for this event."
But he admitted he would not be going at full pace, opting instead to help his sons, Charlie, 6, and Alfie, 4, around the course. "I'm a little slowed down tonight. I'm really hoping to get around in one piece because it's a bit hard to see with this thing on."
Amanda Hillock was doing the Santa run for the first time and described it as "a bit silly" but lots of fun. "It's a good way to end the year and get a bit of exercise in."
Event organiser Ross Weddell said the 600 or so entrants was about 140 more than last year. He would not know how much money had been raised until next week, but was pleased with the turnout. "Talking to some of the people, they enjoy giving their money away with a bit of fun attached. It's a bit different to someone just cold-calling and wanting $20 over the phone."
The run was one of 16 organised across the country to raise funds for KidsCan.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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