Liverpool Santa Dash goes virtual for 2020!


Liverpool’s Santa Dash, known for being one of Merseyside’s most popular public events has unfortunately been brought to a halt this year following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Due to strict social distancing guidelines, it is with great regret that organisers BTR Liverpool have announced that the Santa Dash 2020 will not be taking place in its usual format.

The team at BTR considered several scenarios with the ultimate aim of delivering the large-scale public event safely, however this has unfortunately not been possible.

BTR have instead come up with an exciting virtual option for 2020 that will enable Santa’s to still put on their running shoes and dash socially distanced with a small group of friends, wherever they are located.

BTR Race Director, Alan Rothwell, commented:

“Due to the size and scale of the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, it is impossible to host the event with social distancing restrictions in place. Although we are only in September, we have made the decision early so we can inform people as soon as possible about the changes for this year.

“Not being able to host the event in its usual energetic and exciting format is hugely disappointing,

“However, given the growing popularity in virtual running and the absence of live running events – to ensure our dashing Santa’s still get their festive fix, we are making the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash virtual for 2020.

“The event will raise funds for eight fantastic charities who need a boost right now, and we’re encouraging participants to complete their 5K festive fun run and enjoy Santa Dash day in their own way.”

The eight charities benefiting from this year’s event are:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Charity
  • Claire House Children’s Hospice
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Charity
  • North West Air Ambulance
  • North West Cancer Research
  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Wirral Hospice St John’s
  • Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice

BTR Race Director, Alan Rothwell, added:

“Just by taking part in the virtual BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, participants will be supporting good causes. We will be donating all profits generated through the event and they will be split equally between the eight official charities.

“The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is inclusive and open to everyone – wheelchair participants, walkers, joggers and runners. Take part with friends, family or colleagues, take those Santa Dash selfies. The event will be different this year, but I am sure we can still make it very special.”

The event will go virtual on Sunday 6th December 2020 – get festive and support good causes.


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