- Title: Shirtless Santas run to warm up Russian holiday season at minus 15 C
- Date: 30th December 2019
- Summary: ONLOOKERS CLAPPING AND FILMING RUNNERS RUNNERS JOGGING MAN FILMING RUNNERS ON PHONE VARIOUS OF SHIRTLESS RUNNERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUN PARTICIPANT, DARIA, SAYING: "Emotions, the main thing is your emotions, the love and fire inside every one of us. The main thing is that it never goes out, then everything will be wicked." RUN IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUN PARTICIPANT, VADIM MINGANEYEV, SAYING: "Of course, you need to move, get the blood pumping around your body and everything will be great. Well, your strength of spirit, willpower of course, keep you warm, so everything's great." VARIOUS OF RUN IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUN ORGANISER, VITALY KONTSOV, SAYING: "Of course, (the aim of the event is to) get together with your friends and go for a run, (get) loads of good spirit, pass on your positive vibes and mood to those around you and show people how to toughen up, run, do sport and lead a healthy lifestyle in any weather." RUNNERS DANCING IN A CIRCLE CHANTING (Russian): "Happy New Year." MAN IN SANTA COSTUME DANCING MAN TAKING SELFIE IN FRONT OF RUNNERS ONLOOKERS TAKING PICTURES KONTSOV BLOWING WHISTLE AND WAVING HIS HAND FOLLOWED BY RUNNERS WOMAN TAKING PICTURES VARIOUS OF RUNNERS DANCING BY ROAD AS CARS BEEP RUNNERS CROSSING ROAD FOLLOWED BY MAN FILMING AND GIVING THUMBS UP SAYING (Russian): "Of course, I'm a Father Frost (Russian version of Father Christmas), but I don't like the cold that much." VARIOUS OF CARS DRIVING PAST DANCING RUNNERS VARIOUS OF RUNNERS CROSSING ROAD RUN IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 13th January 2020 06:47
- Keywords: New Year Russia Santa run healthy living holiday season ice run shirtless run winter sports
- Location: YEKATERINBURG. RUSSIA
- City: YEKATERINBURG. RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA002BC62JAX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of shirtless Santas warmed up for the holiday season by running through the freezing central streets of the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Sunday (December 29), much to the surprise of residents.
Braving temperatures of minus 15 degrees Celsius, the festive runners sang songs, danced and handed out sweets and tangerines along the way.
It is the third time that the Sverdlovsk Region Winter Swimming Federation has held the event.
After spending just over an hour outside, the participants hit the sauna by the city's Lake Shartash.
(Production: Maria Vasilyeva, Peter Scott)
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