Santa Run for a cause

By Megan Carpenter

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Santa, along with some other unique characters, dashed to the finish line for downtown Binghamton's annual Santa Run.

"I want to just finish and have a good time," said runner Bill Gorman.

The race kicked off at 11 Saturday morning on Court Street. Nearly 900 people came out to brave the chilly weather. Organizers said that number is double last year's turnout.

Dressing up like elves and Saint Nick was all for a good cause. The race cost each runner $20 to participate, with some of the proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation and Saint Johns School.

Above all else, runners said they came out to challenge themselves and to enjoy their fellow community members.

"Everyone's so supportive," said runner Keri Walp. "You could be walking the entire race and everyone's clapping you on."

After the race, runners could enjoy hot chocolate. Little runners could also take off in a quarter mile Santa's Little Helpers race.