DIFC Santa Run
The Do It For Charity Santa Run is now in its 9th year and is London’s LARGEST Santa Run. In 2018, the run will take place on Sunday 2nd December and thousands of Santas are expected to take part!
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The DIFC Santa Run Course
All you need to do to take part is raise £100 for your favourite charity and pay a £25 registration fee – in return you will receive ALL of the following:
- Free Santa Costume!
That’s right – no need to make your own or grow a white beard! Our deluxe 5 piece santa costumes are given to all runners free of charge including a red cloak, matching trousers, jaunty bobble had, a belt and that all important beard!
- Or bring your own costume!
We welcome Elves, Reindeer, Snowmen, Christmas Bunnies, Presents... in fact anything with a Christmas theme! There will be prizes for the best costume on the day for adults, children and pets(!) so make sure you are creative and dress to impress!
- 5km and 10km route:
Tell us in advance or decide on the day (depending on how ‘festive’ your celebrations were the night before!). Once round the route for 5km or twice round for 10km – all Santas can easily remember that!
- Festive Fun:
Look out for our Carol singers, Christmas-themed characters and FREE mince pies!
- Mini Santa Run:
Our Mini Santa Run will take place just before the main event. It’s completely free of charge and open to all children under the age of 8.
- Pre-event support:
Just call our friendly Santa Run team who will be able to help you out with all of your pre-event questions including fundraising and training advice.
- Highly popular event Facebook page:
Meet fellow Santas ahead of the run and if you’re on your own you will probably find other solo runners to run and train with! Our Santa Run Facebook page is a great place to share lots of tips and advice on the run and get to know each other ahead of the big day!.
- And finally!
You will be rewarded with an official, beautiful souvenir of your achievement, the coveted:
"Do it for Charity Santa Run" Medal!
For you to treasure and remember your wonderful day by!
So what are you waiting for?! Choose your favourite charity and book NOW to claim your place as one of thousands of Santas to take part in the Do It For Charity London Santa Run!