Leisure & Culture Dundee has announced details of the city’s annual charity Santa Dash. The event will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018. Organisers are hoping for as many Santas as possible to dress up and take part in the event which promises to be a fantastic, fun day out for all the family. They also have a goal of raising lots and lots of cash for The ARCHIE Foundation, the official sponsor for Tayside’s Children’s Hospital. Last year over 700 Santas took part and £5500 was raised for the charity.
The closed road event will start and finish in Dundee’s City Square, following a route through the City Centre. The dash is just a 2km lap and perfect for families and kids to get involved in. It is open to everyone and can either be done once or twice if participants wish to complete the full 4km race. Santas will head along High Street to the Murraygate then cut along Panmure Street past the iconic landmark of The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum then pass DC Thomson HQ at Meadowside. They will then go up and round West Bell Street before circling down and along Ward Road before heading towards Reform Street and the finishing North Pole in City Square.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
“The sight of so many Santas taking part last year was amazing and put everyone in the festive spirit. I hope this year there will be even more participants running and walking. The ARCHIE Foundation is such a great cause, so it would be great to smash last year’s total. It really is going to be a very special day."
Linda Meiklejohn, ARCHIE Fundraising Co-ordinator said:
“The very first Santa Dash last year was a really family-friendly event with a wonderful atmosphere. We're so pleased that Leisure and Culture Dundee are supporting The ARCHIE Foundation again and we just know that there will be even more Santas on the streets of Dundee this year, raising money for local sick children.”
Entry includes a Santa suit, finisher’s medal, certificate and goody bag and everyone can take part from Adults down to Under 5s. Bookings can be made at Dundee Ice Arena, Olympia and Central Library with suits available to collect straight away. You can also book online and collect your suit at a later date. Participants can walk the route, run the route, or come along as a spectator.
For more details on the Santa Dash go to: www.leisureandculturedundee.com/santadash