Festive fun at Dubai Festival City for colourful Santa Run

Runners donned their best Christmas attire to take to the start line on Friday

Christmas came early as a sea of Santas took over the streets of Dubai for a festive fun run on Friday.

A convoy of residents started the weekend in style by donning their running shoes and slipping on white beards and hats to get in the seasonal spirit at the Dubai Santa Run.

Without the aid of a trusty sleigh or Rudolph and his fellow reindeers, participants of all ages put their best foot forward over distances of 1km, 2.5km and 5km.

Dubai Festival City was the suitably festive host venue for the colourful event, which got under way at 8am.

Plenty of calories were burned off during the event, allowing competitors to stock up for a hearty Christmas dinner this year.

Christmas gifts were dished out in the form of prizes for the best dressed Santa and medals for the leading competitors.