While many were opening presents Christmas morning, more than 200 runners showed up in costume in Rockville for the 23rd Annual Scrooge Scramble 5K.
From Santa to reindeer, they were decked out in their holiday best as they made their way down the route that began and ended on Prospect Street.
“I think I might be dressed as Blitzen,” Nathan Lennon, said. “My grandmother grabbed some yarn and tied this around me. It used to be hanging on the door before the race.”
Adam Edmond, of Farming ton, took the run a little more seriously. He is on a mission to run a race in every town in Connecticut, all 169 of them.
“It takes a lot of commitment, a lot of cold days and a lot of early mornings,” Edmond said.
All of the money raised went to the Cornerstone Foundation, a non-profit based in Rockville.
“It consists of the soup kitchen, the shelter, the clothing bank and the community center,” Cornerstone Foundation President Helen Syriac said.
Even the Governor showed up to support the cause, and organizers say the race is just one way to embrace the true meaning of the season.
“It’s all about giving back especially on Christmas,” organizer Mary Lou White said. “People are here who don’t have family, they want to come out and be with a group of people, there’s no better way to do that than to run.”