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February 6, 2016

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Great Santa Run: Unofficial 14,595 runners would be a new record



Kurt Busch and Mayor Oscar Goodman at the 2009 Great Santa Run at Town Square on Dec. 5, 2009.

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run

Runners dressed as Santa Claus listen to music and entertainment before the Las Vegas Great Santa Run Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009,  in Las Vegas, Nev. The annual 5K charity run, a warmup to the Las Vegas Marathon, tries to break the Guinness World Record for a Santa gathering. The current record is 12,965 Santas. Launch slideshow »
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The 2009 Great Santa Run at Town Square on Dec. 5, 2009.

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The 2009 Great Santa Run at Town Square on Dec. 5, 2009.

It was a staggering turnout, a sea of Santas as far as the eye could see! At last check this morning, the bib numbers handed out topped 14,595, but we won’t know until Monday if we’ve wrested the Guinness World Record back until after an accurate final count.

It was the annual Great Santa Run to benefit our beloved local charity Opportunity Village, and I joined NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and our Merry Mayor of Mirth Oscar Goodman to kick off the run (and walk) festivities at Town Square. The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santas is 12,965 in Derry City, Northern Ireland, on Sept. 9, 2007.

We’ll have the full story and photo gallery right here at on Monday, but in the meantime, enjoy these early photos I shot as we await the official count. For now, it looks as if we successfully doubled last year’s numbers!

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