11-montH-olD siGns up For DunDEE BAntA DAsH

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY SARAH WIL­LIAMSON

AN 11-month-old tot has been signed up for Dundee’s first Santa Dash.

The in­au­gu­ral event, be­ing backed by the Tele, is on Sun­day Novem­ber 26. Or­gan­is­ers hope between 1,000-2,000 peo­ple will sign up for the 2km of­fi­cial Dundee Santa Dash, which will start and fin­ish at City Square.

The route in­cludes the Mur­ray­gate, Mead­ow­side and Re­form Street with all pro­ceeds to go to the Archie Foun­da­tion, the of­fi­cial char­ity of Tay­side Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Adults and chil­dren of all ages can take part — quite lit­er­ally.

Bosses at Leisure and Cul­ture Dundee, which is lead­ing the event, said the youngest reg­is­tered for the event was an 11-month-old while the old­est — so far — was 69.

Garry Smith, events and pro­mo­tions of­fi­cer at Leisure and Cul­ture, said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited about the Santa Dash.

“It’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic day out for the whole fam­ily with a unique op­por­tu­nity to run a city cen­tre route.

“Plus it’s for a good cause, as all the money raised will go to The Archie Foun­da­tion.

“We’ve had a great re­sponse so far but we’re hop­ing to get as many San­tas as pos­si­ble so we’d en­cour­age ev­ery­body to sign up, whether they want to run or walk the course — ev­ery­one’s wel­come.”

Chil­dren on a hol­i­day foot­ball camp at the GA arena — or­gan­ised by Leisure and Cul­ture — got the chance to try on some of the suits ahead of the dash.

The suits have been brought in by or­gan­is­ers and will be handed out to par­tic­i­pants.

Those who en­ter will be sup­plied a suit if needed, which is in­cluded in the price of ad­mis­sion, but peo­ple are free to bring their own.

Garry added: “Its ab­so­lutely great. This is the first time we’ve seen this amount of peo­ple dressed up as Santa and this is only a small amount, so you can imag­ine what its go­ing to be like with hun­dreds of peo­ple in City Square dressed up as Santa.”

Ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pates will get to keep their Santa suit, take home a medal and a cer­tifi­cate as well as a bag of good­ies with dis­counts for lo­cal stores.

Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to dress up in other Christ­mas­themed out­fits, with prizes for the best dressed.

The Tele will pub­lish a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive pull-out af­ter the dash with pho­tos of the day along­side a “Santa’s Roll of Hon­our”.

For the chance to fea­ture and take part, peo­ple can sign up at leisure­and­cul­ture­dundee.com/ san­tadash.

The idea for the Santa Dash has been in­spired by the suc­cess of the event in cities such as Glas­gow where more than 7,000 San­tas have turned up for pre­vi­ous events.

There will also be plenty of other fun to be had on race day with Ra­dio Tay pro­vid­ing mu­sic and chat to keep the crowds go­ing.

There is also the pos­si­bil­ity of a choir be­ing es­tab­lished on the day to sup­port those tak­ing part. Our­voice PAGE 16

San­tas on the charge ahead of Novem­ber’s event.

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