D UNDALK Chamber of Commerce are hoping to get the town’s name into the Guinness Book of Record this years when they try their hand at breaking the Guinness World Record for the number of Santa’s running at one time.
Organisers of the event aim to raise over €100,000 for various charities, aswell as having RTÉ present on the day.
The event will be monitored under the strict gaze of the Guiness Book of Record observers, who have been contacted by the chamber in recent weeks.
The aim to get over 3,970 people running simultaneously in Santa Claus suits, yet the costumes must meet strict conditions, as do other elements of the run.
“We have had the criteria outlined to us about what needs to happen for us to break this record,”
said Jimmy Cumiskey, speaking to the Democrat on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. “They are actually very strict, and we want to be certain to smash this record.”
The record is currently held by Las Vegas where some 8,123 people clad as Santa took part in a run in 2011.
“The event will take place on the December 6,” It’s traditionally a special day for Dundalk, and we hope to renew that tradition with this fantastic run.
“We discussed last year’s Santa Run and we inquired about how to improve it this year.
“We wanted to have it in the evening so children could watch and take part in it.
“We also got in contact with the Guiness Book of Records to look into breaking the record.
“We are now calling on businesses, sporting bodies, charities, schools and students to come forward and take part in this charity event.
“We want all and sundry.
“The run is slightly over a mile long and will be from St Gerards Square to Market Square, and it will kick off at 6pm.
“It will be launched in the coming months by a number of local sporting celebrities.”
There will be an entry fee that will go toward paying for the costumes, which will fit the regirous record critieria.
“We hope that we could potentially raise over €100,000, quadrupulating the €25,000 that was made at last year’s run.”
DkIT and a number of local schools transition year students have signed up to the record breaking attempt and organisers be will keeping readers of the Dundalk Democrat informed on how you can get involved as the year progresses.