The iconic Santa Run returns to London’s Battersea Park on Saturday.
With more than 1,500 participants all dressed up like Santa Claus, the event aims to unite communities of all backgrounds, as well as enhances public awareness of the disabled community.
People with disability, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, visual impairment and autism, are warmly welcome to join the run.
The event provides them a chance not only to improve confidence, but also to form a bond of friendship with one another through the run.
SOUNDBITE: Mike Gratton, Santa Run organizer
“I think running particularly is good for all people, because it does embrace people who are just normal runners, beginners, disabled people, everybody can take part in running events. And there’s lots of other sports, as we mentioned, skiing. Just going outside, being active and able give them a better health to start with, and make them feel better inside as well.”
All funds raised through ticket sales will be donated to Disability Snowsports UK to help widen the access for people with disability to experience the thrill of snow sports.