Santas' run all for a good Claus

Some of the 152 participants take part in Great KidsCan Santa Run on St Clair beach in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Some of the 152 participants take part in Great KidsCan Santa Run on St Clair beach in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

(SPOILER ALERT). There is more than one santa to do the work of delivering Christmas presents.

In fact, 152 Santas descended on St Clair Beach for the second annual Great KidsCan Santa Run last night.

And it became a race against the incoming tide, as waves crashed against the Esplanade sea wall, on Dunedin's coast.

''I think we got the window just right. But, we had the St Clair Surf Club there, if any Santas got into trouble,'' organiser Brighton Sea Scouts leader Sarah Redfearn said last night.

''It's just something silly and a fun way to support KidsCan. We're really pleased with the turnout.
Who wouldn't want to support kids by running along St Clair Beach in a Santa suit?''

The assembled Santas warmed up for the event with a mass Zumba dance routine, which produced plenty of ''Ho, ho, ho''s from the spectators.

Santa runs were simultaneously held around New Zealand yesterday.

''That was a really great response from Dunedin and we're delighted,'' national event director Shaun Collins said last night.

''All the money raised will be used locally by KidsCan to help kids in poverty, with things like school food, shoes and jackets.''

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