IF YOU were you out early Sunday morning and drove past almost 200 people running in Santa costumes you'd probably rub your eyes in disbelief and ponder whether you'd had enough sleep, or if you were still intoxicated from those drinks the previous night.

At 7am yesterday that scenario played out in real life as Alexandra Park filled with a sea of red and white as entrants lined up for the start of the 4km Variety Santa Fun Run.

Variety representative and Santa Fun Run co-ordinator Vicki Smyth said this year Bundaberg hosted the only Santa Fun Run in Queensland - and the only one in regional Australia.

Ms Smyth said event attendees travelled from as far as Denmark to take part in the charitable event.

"One guy from Denmark and his partner were coming out here on holidays and Googled runs (in Australia) on the internet and the Santa Fun Run in Bundaberg came up," she said.

"So they came to Bundaberg especially for the fun run, so we were really pleased to get that sort of feedback."

Ms Smyth said the Danish competitor, Simon Sorensen, went on to win yesterday's event.

"Even though it's now a race, he was the first person to get over the line," she said.

Ms Smyth said it was "amazing" to see so many people dress up in Santa costumes.

"It really brings the Christmas spirit alive," she said.



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