1,000 jogging Santas run for charity in Sweden

Participants dressed up as Santa Claus take part in the three kilometres long charity event Santa Claus Run in Stockholm on Dec 13, 2015.
Participants dressed up as Santa Claus take part in the three kilometres long charity event Santa Claus Run in Stockholm on Dec 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - More than 1,000 joggers dressed as Santa Claus wearing red suits, boots and long white beards ran through the streets of Stockholm for charity on Sunday (Dec 13).

"It was brilliant. I'm a Santa enthusiast and an avid runner, so its the best of two worlds," said Andreas, a 27-year-old participant.

The three-kilometre (1.8-mile) run was organised for various charities including Save the Children and the Red Cross.

"It was the first I ran as a Santa and it was a lot of fun," said 26-year-old Elin.

"The Santa suit was cosy and warm. It was a good opportunity to run as a Santa for good causes," The race had no official winner. In true Santa spirit it had the goal of bringing awareness of the poor and needy during the holiday season.