La Carrera de Papa Noel - A Santa Claus 5.5k

Last weekend, in an attempt to reduce our round little bellies that shake when we laugh like bowls full of jelly, 10,000 runners dressed like Papa Noel to run 5.5 kilometers  through the streets of Madrid.

We were dressed all in fur felt from head to foot but instead of being tarnished in ashes and soot… we were soaked in sweat. It's not easy running with a full beard, baggy clothes, a belt and a floppy hat!

I went with a few friends that I also joined for the Holi Run. While this race was slightly more serious, we still took it pretty easy and just had a good time jogging with the crowds of Santas and little green elves. It began at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and then looped around the festively decorated streets of the city. And of course we celebrated after with well-deserved hot chocolate and beers!

I've met a quite few runners here and there has been a lot of talk about signing up for upcoming races in Madrid... 10k? Half-marathon? Marathon? Eeek! 

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