Santa’s on the run in Binghamton New York

Binghamton NY Santa Run

Binghamton NY Santa Run

Nearly 900 runners braved 20-degree temperatures to take part in Binghamton’s third annual Santa Run on December 12th. The 5K race through Binghamton’s historic downtown started in 2011 as New York State’s first Santa Race. Proceeds from the event benefit Make-A- Wish of Central NY and St. Johns School.

Participants are encouraged to run in costume and show off their holiday spirit. While Santa was well represented in this year’s field, he was not the only holiday character to participate. A forest of Christmas trees, several snowmen and Grinches, a few Buddy the Elfs, and even a lone “Pink Nightmare” from A Christmas Story braved the cold.

Scott Gleason of Walton crossed the finish line first this year, with a time of 15:40. Tara Sorgham of Johnson City was the fastest female with a time of 19:37.

The 5K was followed by a ¼ mile Santa’s helper run for kids. The family friendly event finished off with hot cocoa at an awards ceremony honoring best costume and most spirit, as well as the fastest times.

Santa Run Binghamton NY

Santa Run Binghamton NY

While the donning of tinsel and fur definitely boosted morale among the Santa race participants, their outfits needed to provide more than just holiday cheer. Cold weather running can pose a wardrobe challenge. You need clothes that can keep you and your muscles warm, without trapping sweat. Natural wool fibers trap air, providing superior insulation in cold conditions. Merino Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water, keeping the damp away from your skin. Merino Wool’s natural wicking properties and insulating ability make WoolX the perfect running partner in the colder months.

We hope to see you in your WoolX at next year’s race! We will be there with bells on, and ribbons and bows, and antlers…