I would imagine the Marathon Santa is much skinnier than the regular Santa? BMI of maybe 18 instead of 40? Do you leave him a Gu and some Powerade instead of milk and cookies? Hmmm...interesting thought...
Larry's blog entry and the comments about SGM Christmas and Marathon Santa are great. After some additional "research" on Marathon Santa, I've discovered the following tidbits of trivia.....Besides being much skinnier than regular Santa, Marathon Santa sports hot red (or is it pink? see monaflash's blog) shorts and a red singlet
.He doesn't need a sleigh and 8 reindeer to get around, he's content to run in his red flats with his 8 pacing "rabbits" just ahead.
He doesn't live in the North Pole, rumor has it he lives in the mountains of Kenya. Instead of elves to help him out he employs legions of young Kenyan runners who go far and wide throughout the world, showing the rest of us "the way".
Sightings of Marathon Santa are rare, in fact many don't believe Marathon Santa exists. Some believe Marathon Santa can be found in the picture found at the following link (if you look close you can also see one of his pace "rabbits" right behind. However others believe this is actually the Marathon "Grinch" pretending to be Marathon Santa): http://picasaweb.google.com/SpanishForkHalfand5K/SpanishFork12Marathon5k#5244060523387175810
And of course there are always those old favorite Marathon Christmas Carols to help provide a festive atmosphere and ambience, including the following:
"The 26.2 Miles of Marathon" (sung to tune of "12 Days of Christmas")"Sasha the Red-Haired Speedster" (sung to "Rudolph")"Grandma got ran over by a Clydesdale"
"GreenShorts" - (rather than GreenSleeves)
in honor of our own green-shorts Jon ("What runner is this? Who comes to run...in green shorts? How ugly?")
OK enough of the silliness..but hey I didn't run this morning so I've got to do something to channel all that pre-race energy and nervousness! I echo Paul's sentiments of Happy Marathon Christmas to all, and to all a great race!!