Thousands of Santas ran through Pacific Beach the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9 for the annual Santa Run. / All photos by Thomas Melville
A continuous red streak ran through Garnet Avenue and Cass Street in Pacific Beach on the morning Saturday, Dec. 9, as thousands of Santas took over the beach community for the fifth annual San Diego Santa Run. Hosted by High Performance Movement, the event consisted of a series of waves, including a 5K Fun Run and one-mile runs that feature the Santa’s Little Helper Mile (for the pup), the Santa’s Elves Mile (for kids) and the Speedy Mile (for competitive Santas).
Throughout the course, runners donning “Sunny Santa Suits" — complete with white beards, Santa hats and sunglasses — got into the spirit as holiday music was performed live on corners along the route.
Following the Santa Run, participants filled local restaurants and pubs and watched the 38th annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade, down Garnet Avenue. The parade is funded, in part, by revenue generated through the Santa Run and other events put on by High Performance Movement.
For more information, visit sandiegosantarun.com.