There's a race in Spain where thousands of people gather each year to run a few miles dressed as Old Saint Nicholas, and 2023 was no different… but it was amazing to see.
The 11th annual Santa Claus Race in Madrid took place on Sunday, with more than 7,500 attendees preparing at the starting line near the Plaza de Colón… and were ready to race when the gun went off. And yes, almost everyone is dressed like fucking Santa Claus.
While there were mostly red and white costumes, you can find some variety if you look hard enough…including some elf costumes and even a few random ones (dinosaur).
Some walked, others jogged… and a few ran at full speed. Anyway, this is all for charity (it benefits the Spanish Red Cross), so at the end of the day there is no real competition.
Now, that doesn't mean that there aren't prizes for those who finish first, because there are. The first three males and females receive a little something… and also the first 3 children under 12 years old. They travel about 3 kilometers, and the route takes them along the Paseo de la Castellana.
The money raised this year, specifically, will go toward training young people in the Red Cross program… and also developing jobs for them. It's never too early to start giving back!
Anyway, a nice little holiday get-together…and it looks like these Spaniards showed up in force to bring some Christmas cheer. As they say, Merry Christmas — and a happy new year.