Here comes Santa Claus ... and another Santa, and a thousand or so more. On Dec. 15, running and walking Santas will converge on Galveston Island for the annual Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon.

The event attracts participants from all over Texas who come for a dose of Christmas cheer in the only version of the Santa Hustle along the Gulf Coast. Nine other locales, mostly in the colder climates of Chicago, Maine, Milwaukee and Ohio, host similar events in the series, but Galveston’s is the only one with a beachfront course.

Bernice Torregrossa:

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