Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K

Here comes the second annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K in Galveston. Each participant is issued an official Santa Claus hat, beard, and customized Santa drifit shirt in order to head down the course on Strand Avenue in a herd of Fathers Christmas. Along the route Christmas cookies are passed out to runners for that extra burst of holiday energy. There’s an after-party at Saengerfest Park featuring music, food, and drinks to celebrate the accomplishment. It’s not all just fun and games, though. The Santa Hustle benefits Toys for Tots, an organization that provides toys to needy children for Christmas. Founded by Marine reservists in the 1940s after Major Bill Hendricks’s wife, Diane, was unable to locate an appropriate charity for donations of homemade dolls, Toys for Tots has been listed on the Forbes Gold Star list of charities. Bring unopened, new toys to the race.

8 a.m. The start and finish line location will be at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. For information, visit santahustle.com/galveston. $35 to $65 entry fee to race, free to spectators.
Sun., Dec. 22, 8 a.m., 2013

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