Christmas Run 2015| Kaunas, Lithuania

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Hello!

Welcome to another blog post about a running event! This is my second Christmas Run this year. You can read about the first one right here.

The 12th annual Christmas Run took place on Saturday (December 19th). It was organized by the Runners’ Association of Lithuania. All the athletes could have chosen one out of three distances: 2,3km, 5,6km, and 11,2km. The running trail went through the pine park/forest of Panemune and by the river Nemunas. The weather was pretty warm and there was no snow on the ground, so it felt more like an autumn run and not a winter one.

Only around 30 people came dressed up as Santas and I was one of them. I wore the same Santa suit as in the Christmas Run of Aberdeen. The total number of participants was around 650.

All the runners received a diploma and a goodie bag full of adverts. We also could snack on Christmas cookies (these ones) and warm ourselves with a cup of tea after the run.

I had a great afternoon and was surprised with the time I’ve managed to finish the distance in. I have no idea what will be the next running event for me. I’m going back to Aberdeen in January and I will probably stay there until June, so I won’t be able to participate in Kaunas Half-Marathon, which usually takes place in April. However, I hope that I will be able to find some running events in Aberdeen, UK.

Have a great Christmas season and tell me about any Christmas-y sports events you have participated in down bellow in the comments!

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Christmas Run: Aberdeen Santa Run 2015 

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Hello!

Welcome to another post about a running event! My last post on running was published  back in September, when I participated in the Night Run just before I left Lithuania, and you can find it here. Since then, I have literally been jogging only 3-5 times, so I wasn’t in my best shape for this run. Nevertheless, I had a great time and I want to share my experiences with you!

Aberdeen Santa Run 2015 was an annual charity run organized by WildHearts charity. This was obviously my first Santa Run in Aberdeen (since I’ve only moved there 4 months ago) as well as my very first Christmas Run in general (although, I think I will participate in a Christmas-y Run in my hometown of Kaunas when I get back to Lithuania for a Christmas break). Speaking about Santa Run in Aberdeen: all the proceeds from this event went to the aforementioned WildHearts charity and will help to fund various projects that this charity undertakes. Next weekend, a different WildHearts Santa Run will take place in the nearby town of Inverness, so, if you are in the area, I highly suggest that you participate! It’s not only a fun afternoon activity but a great charity event for an amazing cause!

I, personally, found out about Aberdeen Santa Run through Facebook and instantly decided to register. The standard payment for the run/donation was 15£. For this price, upon arrival, all the participants received a full, one-size-fits-all type of Santa Suit (trousers, jacket, hat, beard and  belt, which I have lost while running) and a number card. After the run, all the runners received a commemorative medal, a goodie bag with snacks (caramel bar, coconut chips, yogurt raisins and shortbread cookie) and a bottle of water. The youngsters could participate for a cheaper price -10£- they received a special event T-Shirt, a hat, and a number.

The run started outside the Pittodrie Stadium and the route ran  by the beach and the seafront. Throughout the whole run, I could  see the North Sea, so, from my running experience, this was definitely the run with the prettiest view. Having said that, running by the sea was not easy because of the harsh wind! However, the sun was shining the whole time and there were zero clouds in the sky, so it was a nicely balanced weather.

The organization for the event was really good, except for one mishap with the first turn in the route. All the runners (725 runners participated in the run) divided themselves into two groups and took two different paths, however, we managed to join back into one crowd fairly quickly. The whole mass of runners was also accompanied by a group of men in Santa costumes on motorbikes – that was an amazing spectacle as well.

I was quite happy with the time that I’ve managed to finish the distance in. This event wasn’t meant to be a serious competition. It was just a super fun Sunday afternoon, doing something good both for one’s own health and a bigger cause. It also helped me to get into a Christmas Spirit.

If you want to find more information about the event, you can click here. Bellow, I have also included a few photos from the actual run, a photo of the Santa Suit, a number and the medal. The snacks are already in my stomach, so I can’t show you those!

Have a great week!