Thousands of Santas took to the street Saturday morning for a very merry race, which began outside Soldier Field.
An estimated 7,000 runners, dressed up as Jolly Old Saint Nick, took their marks outside the stadium for the fourth annual Santa Hustle 5k run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday.
This year, the race partnered with Variety Children's Charity of Illinois, a local non-profit that helps sick, impoverished or disabled children throughout Illinois.
"We are thrilled to align with Variety Children's Charity of Illinois for this year's race," says Adrenaline Sports Management CEO Aaron Del Mar. "Santa Hustle is a fun way for the community to come together and give back during the holiday giving season."
In addition to the 5k, a new wheel chair division was added along with a kid's 100-yard dash.
Medals were awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.