Last weekend more than 5,000 people participated in a five-mile race through Virginia Beach—but this wasn’t your average marathon. All 5,025 runners were dressed in full-on Santa costumes, complete with the five essential pieces: red pants, a red jacket, hat, black belt, and a white beard.
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Turns out these jogging Santas were on a mission to break the existing Guinness World Record for the Largest Santa Claus Run—yep, that’s totally a thing. Not only did they have to wear all five suit pieces at the start of the race, but they were also required to cross the finish line with the whole costume intact.
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Even though 191 runners ditched their suits mid-run, they still finished with 5,025 fully-dressed Santas—which was enough to beat the previous record of 4,961 set at the 2013 Dundalk Charity Santa Fun Run in Ireland.
The official winner of the race finished with a time of 28 minutes and 38 seconds.
“It was really neat to see the running and fitness community come together,” Jerry Frostick, the director of the race, told Runner’s World. “It’s not always about how fast you are, but instead it’s about being active, having fun, and most importantly, doing it together.”
Head over to Runner’s World for photos of history being made!