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Everything you need to know about the Santa Dash 2019


The UK’s biggest and best 5km festive fun run returns to the streets of Liverpool this weekend. The Santa Dash 2019 is back.

Liverpool will be awash with red and blue on Sunday 1st December 2019 as the Santa Dash 2019 gets under way. Kicking off at the Pier Head at 9:30am, this hugely popular festive 5km event sees thousands don a Santa suit, complete with beard to raise money for local charities.

This year, Clare House Hospice has been chosen as the official charity of the annual event – with many other local, worthy causes being supported. Families from across the region, wider UK and also abroad have snapped up approximately 8,000 places as the Santa Dash 2019 continues to grow in popularity.

Santa Dash 2019 HQ has a new home on Williamson Square. Now occupying the former New Look store, next to Matalan, runners are being encouraged to collect their Santa suits and race numbers before midday on Saturday 30th November in order to make it to the start line. No Santa suits can be collected on the day of the event.

We want to see as many people as possible lining the Santa ash 2019 course through the city. So if you’re not taking part, grab the kids, the dog, all your mates and get into town for some breakfast, brunch and a few Christmas bevs.

Other need to know advice includes wearing your wristband – no wristband, no medal on the finish line. No medal means no bragging rights! Also, please remember to fill in your medical details on the back of your race number before you get to the start line.

Right, Santa suit collected, medical details filled in, wrist band on? Here’s all the info you need to plan your Santa Dash 2019

Where & When

The Santa Dash returns on Sunday 1st December 2019. The start line is on the waterfront side of the Royal Liver Building, Pier Head. The finish line is situated in front of Liverpool Town Hall, Water Street/ Castle Street junction. The 5km race will begin at 9:30am.

The mini 1km kids dash will take place at 11am – subject to all 5km course runners having completed the course. The start line is along Castle Street. The Mini Dash event is open to under 12’s only.

Get Involved

There’s still time to register to run. Santa Dash HQ, the former New Look building in William Square is where you’ll find the lovely Yvonne and BTR team. Open daily until midday on Saturday 30th November 2019, you can pick up a Santa Suit and race number and pay at the desk. You can also register other people on their behalf too!

Getting There

With road closures in the place, the best way to get to the Santa Dash 2019 is by public transport. Arriva is offering tree travel to all Santas across the Merseyside network. All you have to do – is put your Santa suit and race number on to travel for free! Find out more here. 

Your nearest Merseyrail station for the Santa Dash start line is James Street. Services run from Wirral, Southport and Hunts Cross on a regular basis on Sunday mornings. Plan your journey here. 

The Course

This year the Santa Dash 2019 sets off from the Pier Head at 9:30am. The new route then heads off around the Royal Albert Dock, up James Street, through Mathew Street (make sure you high five John and Cilla), up Sir Thomas Street to the Superlambanana, the down Leeds Street to Old Hall Street and you’re on the home straight. It’s around Dale Street for the big finish outside Liverpool Town Hall and that all important medal. See the map here.

Road Closures

The Santa Dash 2019 course takes in a number of city centre roads and therefore, road closures will be in place throughout Sunday morning. There will be a traffic management plan in place from 6am which will involve road closures and lane restrictions however sections of highway will be reopened when it is safe to do so. Head this way to plan your trip into the city on Sunday. 

Make A Day Of It

Regarded as the official start of Christmas in Liverpool – well it is 1st December, The Santa Dash 2019 is the perfect way to kick start a festive day in the city.

With Christmas dinners, Yorkshire pudding wraps, mulled wine and sweet treats plus lots (more) Santa experiences and panto’s to enjoy, here’s our top suggestions for enjoying a festive day out in Liverpool – with your Santa Dash 2019 medal around your neck!

First up, if you’ve been cheered on by the kids, or they’ve got their very own medal from the Mini Dash, treat them to a Polar Adventure at Liverpool ONE. Jump on board the Christmas Express at Chavasse Park and be transported to the North Pole. The World’s Famous Grotto is now open at St John’s Shopping Centre. Walk through festive scenes that will thrill and delight families of all ages. Last but by no means least, rest your weary feet with a Rock N Roll performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Everyman Theatre.

You’ve certainly earned a hearty dinner! For a fabulous family meal why not book a table at the beautiful Maritime Dining Room at the Merseyside Maritime Museum for Sunday lunch with a knock out view? The Club House is welcoming Santa’s and their families with a delicious and varied festive menu – plus plenty of prosecco and if you want to munch on the go, it has to be Yorkshire pudding wraps at the Liverpool Christmas Market at St George’s Hall Plateau.

Santas wanting to relax and put their legs up after their run can pay a visit to the Royal Albert Dock’s floating pop-up cinema, with two screenings on the 1st Dec showing festive favourites, Home Alone and The Holiday. Or why not pay a visit to one of the many independent bars and restaurants to refuel on some tasty food or well-deserved cocktails, such as Maray, Rosa’s Thai Cafe or Lunyalita to name a few. Peaberry Coffee House has also just launched a festive hot chocolate menu, including a Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, the perfect post-run pick-me-up.

Legs still good? Get yourself back to the waterfront and check out the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival for ice skating, hot and cold food and drinks and thrill rides for all ages.

For more information about BTR running events taking place in 2020, head to www.btrliverpool.com


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