Every area has its own Christmas traditions.
For Sarasota, one of those is getting sandy at Siesta Key Beach during the annual Sandy Claws Beach Run.
Held the morning of Dec. 10, the 47th annual run allowed participants of all ages to compete in both a 1-mile fun run, and a 5K race.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Claire Durand, who came to the event with her 3-year-old daughter Vanessa Wood.
Durand had attended the event when she was younger, as part of the Manasota Track Club.
“It’s fun to come back to an event that’s been going on so long and show it to her,” she said.
Jamie Jalwan and her 7-year-old son Connor Jalwan said running on the beach presents a different experience, where runners may find themselves splashing in the tide if they aren't careful, and finishing the race with sandy shoes.
“Everyone running together kicks up a lot of sand,” said Jamie Jalwan.