LA PAZ – More than 400 people dressed as Santa Claus – along with reindeer, elves, presents, snowmen and the Three Kings – participated on Sunday in the fourth Christmas race in La Paz, both to push the contest and the Christmas spirit.
“We want to be able to involve families and friends via this physical activity and recover the Christmas spirit that these holidays should have,” the sports director for the La Paz Mayor’s Office, Jannet Ferrufino, told EFE.
The race was run along a course more than four kilometers (2.5 miles) in length, with participants singing Christmas carols and songs or ran as family groups, out enjoying the unique activity.
Among the most interesting costumes worn this year by participants were those of the Three Kings, a gingerbread man and snowmen, although Dr. Seuss’s Christmas-hating Grinch was also on hand, although seemingly very happy upon completing the race.
Pets were also on hand dressed as miniature reindeer, presents or elves, accompanying their masters.
The race had three categories – individuals, couples and families – but prizes were also passed out for the most original costumes.
“Each year has different characteristics, people are more creative and there’s greater participation,” Ferrufino said.
She added that the goal of the activity was to stage a sports event but also to highlight some of the values of Christmas such as unity and joy.
Families, friends and couples appeared quite happy with the prizes awarded, including table games and baskets full of toys and assorted goodies.