When you hear "Santa Clause" you don't automatically think "physical exercise." Jolly ol' Saint Nick is a little too rotund to ever equate with fitness of any form (aside from climbing up and down chimneys) which is what makes this Montreal race all the more intriguing, and completely festive.
To be held this weekend at Parc Jean-Drapeau, "Santa Montreal" is essentially just a race, with one key difference: all participants have to run completely decked out in a Santa costume.
No belly-pillows are required for the race, as participants only need to sport the classic red and white garb of Father Christmas, white beards and poof-ball hats included, then run a full 5km.
The winner of the race will be titled the "real Santa," according to Parc Jean-Drapeau's event page, but somehow that doesn't seem right. I think the guy/gal who passes out 1km in and has to be hand-fed milk and cookies to recover would be the "real" Santa. Let's be honest, if there was a real Saint Nicholas (I still hold out hope) then he would be severely overweight and out of shape.
Those who want to compete in the Santa race can register, with price including a Santa suit, just in case you don't have one lying around. Participants are also encouraged to sponsor a charity for the race, which they can choose for themselves.
Going down at Parc Jean-Drapeau this Saturday, November 21st at 10am, you can find out all the details at the official event listing here.