Steve's Santa Dash(December 04, 2011)
Last weekend, Steve took part in the Scouse Santa Dash.
The Liverpool Walton MP claimed, "The Santa Dash is a tradition at Christmas for me. I love taking part and there is always great atmosphere amongst the Santas. This year I dragged my son around with me which was a great laugh and was all done for a great cause."
The following press release was sent out shortly after the race was completed...
LIVERPOOL’S BIGGEST EVER SANTA DASH IS BEATEN BY MASSIVE VEGAS TURNOUT of 8,123!
Scouse Santas day falls short by just 712 with Liverpool on 7,411.
Despite the best ever turnout in Liverpool over the last eight years the World Santa Challenge for 2011 has gone to Las Vegas who pulled together a huge crowd of 8,123 Santas at the Town Square Retail Park. Numbers were close all the way up to last weekend with both sides keeping in touch with progress either side of the Atlantic. The Great Santa Run in Las Vegas is staged the day before the Liverpool event as it acts partly as a warm up event for the Las Vegas Marathon which happens the following day.
Linda Smith, The Las Vegas Santa Run Coordinator said...” this is a fantastic day for all those taking part in Santa runs across the world and I’m especially pleased that we have just beaten the Liverpool Santa Dash to the title this year. Liverpool has led the way for Festive Fun Running for many years now and we are so pleased to have beaten the best. The competition is what drives the interest between our two great cities and it’s a compliment to all those taking part that in these difficult financial times that so many people can participate and raise so much money for charity! Let’s go again next year Liverpool!!”
This is the eighth year the Liverpool Santa Dash has taken place and just last year the Liverpool event comprehensively beat Las Vegas by more than 2,000 Santas. Although there has been a modest increase this year of just 99 entries it was clearly not enough to beat off the determined challenge of Las Vegas.
Alan Rothwell, Liverpool Santa Dash organiser said... “ I knew from speaking to Linda in recent months that they were going out to win back the World Santa Challenge title and it is disappointing to have lost out after a great performance last year. We will need to show just as much determination next year and bring the SanTaz trophy back to Liverpool in 2012.
I would like to say a massive thank you to all those that made the day the best yet, despite the poor weather conditions. Well done to everyone”.