It’s the sign that Christmas is almost here – the unforgettable sight of dozens of red-suited Santas racing through Newry city centre, all to raise money for Southern Area Hospice Services.
This year marks the return of the Santa Dash, which had been called off due to the Covid pandemic.
However, it’s back with a vengeance and is due to take place in conjunction with Newry’s Christmas lights switch-on, on Thursday, November 17.
Prior to the pandemic the dash was an important part of the city’s festive calendar, attracting business and community support, and the hospice is hopeful that this year will be no different.
The race, which is sponsored by Norbrook, will begin at 6pm sharp from the main event space at Marcus Square on Hill Street. It will travel along Hill Street to the Kildare Street junction and will return from there to Marcus Square in time for the arrival of Santa and the official Christmas lights switch-on at 7pm.
Jane Dixon, corporate and partnerships manager for Southern Area Hospice Services, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that this event can take place again this year, after such a lengthy break due to the pandemic.
“It will be great to see so many coming together to get involved in kicking off the festivities in style. We would like to thank Norbrook for their sponsorship of the Santa Dash and also Newry Mourne and Down District Council for their support with the event. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the night.”
All money raised from the fun event will go to support the work of the hospice.
Businesses are encouraged to register runners, and those interested in taking part should contact Jane Dixon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 028 3026 7711.