Runners were seeing red Sunday in South Portland – lots of it. Participants in the Santa Hustle New England Half Marathon & 5K received complimentary red running sweatshirts. There were plenty of them. More than 2,000 runners worked up a sweat as temperatures were in the 50s.

Sunday’s event wasn’t entirely about the exercise. There were reindeer at the finish line and volunteers dressed as elves at the fundraiser for Easter Seals. And racers could snack on – what else? – candy canes and cookies along the race course.