Running Santas take over Madrid for charity race

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Participants, wearing Santa Claus outfits, take part in a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in the six kilometre charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in the six kilometre charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in the six kilometre charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants, wearing Santa Claus outfits, take part in a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Participants, wearing Santa Claus outfits and a dinosaur costume, run during a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/
Participants, wearing Santa Claus outfits, take a selfie during a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
A participant, wearing Santa Claus outfits, runs during a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Participants, wearing Santa Claus outfits, take part in a charity race in benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus take part in the Santa Claus run in Madrid, Spain on December 17, 2016. More than twenty thousand participants dressed as Santa Claus participate in the 8-km race through the streets of Madrid. (Photo by Senhan Bolelli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Participants dressed in Santa Claus costumes run in the 6 kilometer charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17: Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus take part in the Santa Claus run in Madrid, Spain on December 17, 2016. More than twenty thousand participants dressed as Santa Claus participate in the 8-km race through the streets of Madrid. (Photo by Senhan Bolelli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in the six kilometre charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in the six kilometre charity race to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research, in Madrid on December 17, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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MADRID, Dec 17 (Reuters) - More than 20,000 people dressed as Santa Claus raced through the center of Madrid on Saturday morning to raise money for sufferers of the disease multiple sclerosis.

Each person paid 15 euros ($15.67) to join the race along the Spanish capital's main Paseo de la Castellana avenue, running either 6 or 10 kilometers wearing the unusual running gear of a white billowy beard, Santa hat and red robe.

Children dressed as green elves joined parents in the race and some people even brought along their dogs, dressed in their own Santa garb.

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