David Joplin and Susana Rubio were walking, not running, when they crossed the finish line Saturday at the annual SandRidge Santa Run in Oklahoma City.
But it can be tough to run when you're dressed as a glass of milk.
Each year, Joplin and Rubio, of Norman, wear costumes to the parade, Joplin said.
This year, Rubio dressed as a glass of milk with a note on the front saying “For Santa.” Joplin wore a Cookie Monster shirt.
The two costumes originally made more sense together, Rubio said, but the weather interfered.
“I actually had some cookies, but I had to leave them inside,” Rubio said. “It was too windy.”
Joplin and Rubio said generally they begin thinking about their costumes a few months in advance. Last year, Rubio ran the race dressed as a tin of popcorn.
Before Saturday's race had even ended, Joplin and Rubio already were talking about ideas for next year's costumes. They might come as a sun chasing a snowman, Rubio said.
Joplin and Rubio weren't the only ones who made the run in costume. Some dressed as elves others as gingerbread men and Santa himself lined the route. Inside Leadership Square, which marked the beginning and end of the races, people in Santa hats and running shorts milled about, lining up for pictures and hot chocolate.
The annual Santa Run, a part of Downtown in December, includes a 5k race, a one-mile fun run and a kids' dash.