Germany is known for its great German food, great beer, and this time of year, wonderful Christmas markets.
But around Christmas time, Germany is also known for another festive event — the Nikolauslauf.
More than 1,000 people took place in the 10th annual Michendorf Saint Nicholas Run, all of them dressed in red and white Santa Claus hats and shirts, The race took place in the small town of Michendorf, near Berlin, Germany.
Runners are allowed to wear track pants or whatever they wish on the bottom and, of course, running shoes. Participants can choose to run a 5K or 10K race.
Cologne and Tübingen, Germany also put on runs, but do not require participants to wear Santa Claus costumes, according to The Local.
The Tübingen Nikolauslauf half marathon started in 1976.
Many cities in the United States also sponsor Santa Claus runs, and participants often receive a Santa hat and shirt with their registration packet. The Jingle Bell run is also a popular variation, with runners encouraged to come up with their own holiday-themed costume.
In 2016, the Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler in Virginia Beach, Virginia broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Santa Claus run with 5,025 race participants dressed in Santa suits crossing the finish line.
Guinness required that all participants wear all five pieces of the Santa suit provided to them for the duration of the race, including red pants, a red jacket, hat, black belt, and a white, Runner’s World reported.
When you’re finished running — or just finished running around doing your holiday shopping and errands — stop in at Checkers Old Munchen in Pompano Beach for an energizing meal that will sustain you throughout the holidays or a relaxing German beer. They won’t even make you dress up in a Santa suit to receive the best holiday service!Read More