Santas run, walk in annual Sevier County race

Santas run, walk in annual Sevier County race

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Participants received a free Santa hat, beard and a customized shirt. Participants received a free Santa hat, beard and a customized shirt.

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of Santas ran through the streets of Sevierville on Sunday morning.

The 2nd annual Santa Hustle, which benefits Toys for Tots, brought nearly 2,500 people out to the Wilderness at the Smokies.

The half marathon and 5k run/walk started at 8 a.m. Participants received a free Santa hat, beard and a customized shirt.

The race course was lined with candy and cookie stations and holiday music.

"It was a beautiful morning for the race and we enjoyed playing host to such a fun and unique event once again," said Steve Cruz, General Manager of Wilderness at the Smokies.

"The growth from last year to this year was incredible and we are already looking forward to next year's event, which we anticipate will be even larger."

Runners and spectators also donated toys to the Toys for Tots in Sevier County. The donations really helped the organization since it has experienced a large shortage this year.

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