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Join the 2008 Santa Run

Join our festive charity race around the Theatre of Dreams.

| by Rachael Pilsbury

Santa Run

On Sunday 14th December, Manchester United will challenge supporters and their families to don Santa suits and running shoes and race around the famous Old Trafford stadium dressed as Father Christmas; all in the name of charity.

Old Trafford will play host to thousands of sponsored runners on the day, who will make a festive dash for the finish line in aid of the Manchester United Foundation and the club’s six charity partners: The New Children’s Hospital Appeal, The Legacy Rainbow House, Francis House, The Christie Charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Children’s Society.

The course will run for approximately one mile around Manchester United’s iconic stadium and the surrounding area.  The event kicks off with a family race at 10:30am, and the ‘Serious Santas’ making up the second wave of runners on a longer course at 11:30am.  After the race there will be Christmas stalls, carol singers and other events taking place around the stadium to get everyone in the festive spirit.

The entry fee for the event is £10, which includes a santa suit for all participants.  Families can enter for £20 and this includes a Santa suit and three Santa hats. Prizes will be given on the day for the race winners, the best dressed Santa and the individual who raises the most sponsorship money. 

John Shiels, chief executive at Manchester United Foundation said: “This is the second time we have hosted the Santa Run and we want this year to be even bigger and better.  Anybody can enter and we want to get as many people as possible involved, from local schools to Manchester United legends.   There will be fun fairs, choirs, bands, Christmas stalls, food and drink sellers and of course a ‘mystery’ Father Christmas in his grotto - it should be the perfect event to get people in a festive mood and help a good cause.”

To register simply pick the charity you would like to run for and contact your chosen charity direct on one of the numbers below. 

Francis House – 0161 443 2200
Cystic Fibrosis Trust – 0845 859 1100
New Children’s Hospital Appeal – 0161 276 4522
The Legacy – Rainbow House – 01704 823276
The Children’s Society – 0845 300 1128
Christie’s – 0161 446 3400

If you would like to run for the Foundation please download our appication form and  bring it with you on the day.  Registration will take place in the Fanzone, near the North Stand of the Old Trafford Stadium at 9:30 on Sunday morning.  We hope to see you there.