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Santa stampede! Germans run in red suits and beards

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Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus start the annual St. Nicholas Run, in Michendorf, Germany, Dec. 9.

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Runners dressed as Father Christmas take part in the 'Nikolaus Run' in the East German town of Michendorf, Dec. 9.

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A runner dressed as Father Christmas pushes his children in a baby buggy during the 'Nikolaus Run' in Michendorf, Dec. 9.

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A runner dressed as Father Christmas runs in heavy snow during the so-called 'Nikolaus Run' in the East German town of Michendorf, Dec. 9.

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Runners dressed as Father Christmas run in heavy snow in the East German town of Michendorf, Germany, Dec, 9.

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Around 800 participants took part in the 4th annual Santa Claus running competition in Michendorf, Germany (28 miles west of Berlin), hosted by the Laufclub Michendorf running association.  Both children and adults donned Santa outfits for the 10k race in the snow.