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Hamilton Race:Karanja, McLeod win, race draws over 500 participants

Runners in Hamilton race

Fred Karanja and Amanda McLeod on Sunday won the 5km Hamilton First Race spanned from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club to Bayfront Park and back.

Karanja a veteran runner who has also won the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10Km finished the 5km race in 16 minutes 30 seconds winning the men’s title.

He however says Santa suit makes it harder to move.

Fred Karanja winner in Hamilton race

Amanda McLeod was the fastest female and second overall finishing the race in 19 minutes 7 seconds despite delivering a baby recently according to event announcers.

The event was a fun according to race organizer Kelly Annot of VR Pro Races where more than 500 people participated.

“It was a sea of bobbing red and white,” she says.
The Race sponsored by REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington is a unique and fun filled race with all participants wearing Santa suits when running.

Amanda McLeod was the first female and second overall after Fred Karanja/COURTESY

Runners say the suit makes it harder to move, but the biggest issue is breathing through the beard.

Adults, kids, babies in strollers and even a few dogs participated, and everyone got a medal.

It was the seventh annual fundraiser and also brought donations for the food bank with primary beneficiary this year being Mission Services, according to Annot.

The next race will be on December 2 and December 8 at Vermont and Burlington respectively where over 500 people are expected to participate.

Canada’s original All-Santa Race is still the Biggest and the Best!

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