A Sea of Santas (or, Our First 5K)

12/17/12



Jeff and I ran our first 5k ever yesterday, and we did it dressed like Santa Claus.

It was the inaugural race for Santa Run Silicon Valley, a fundraiser for Christmas in the Park. There were 2,700 people that signed up and almost all of them were dressed like Santa. Kudos to the organizers and participants for making it a well-run event.

Our Santa suits were kind of hard to run in (the pants disintegrated in some parts!) and I think I ate part of my Santa beard during the race, but it was so much fun. We want to make it a Christmas tradition to run it every year. Maybe next time, I won't opt for the Santa suit.

I've always liked running, so I don't really know what took me so long to sign up for a race. Jeff and I have already picked out a few more 5k races in the Bay Area to run in 2013. Who's coming with us? If you know of a particularly fun race, please let me know!

Photos (taken with my phone) from top:
1. Looking toward the starting line
2. Jess, Nick, Jeff and me in our Santa suits, waiting for the race to start
3. The sea of Santas looking back from where we were standing

6 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! I always think I should run a 5K and then I remember that I don't really enjoy running much. Such a let down! :)

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    1. You can totally walk a 5k. It's about 3.5 miles...not too bad.

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  2. What a fun & festive race! And, I love that you can make it a tradition each year!

    You definitely should run Bay to Breakers. It's not as crazy as in years past, but it is fun to see all the crazy costumes runners wear. My fave, which I unfortunately didn't get a picture of, was a group of people dressed as salmon. They ran in the opposite direction of the race as if swimming upstream. ha ha.
    http://www.mytravelingtroop.com/search/label/Bay%20to%20Breakers

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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    1. I mentioned this to my husband and he told me a friend of his saw these guys too. He might dress up as a bear and "catch" the salmon at the next race!

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  3. My short stubby self wants to run with you!!! Or about 1 mile behind you, that is ;)

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  4. that looks like so much fun!! happy new year :)

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