CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The ninth annual Santa Fun Run took place on the Downtown Mall on Saturday morning.

Around 11 a.m., a sea of red Santas walked the mile loop to support The Arc of the Piedmont. 

There were approximately 400 to 500 people who walked and ran this event to show support for what The Arc and its mission. 

"Well, our goal is to bring the whole community together, regardless of who they are, and what their abilities are. And they're having a good time. It's a chance for our friends at the Arc of the Piedmont to share with the community and thank them for all the support they give us throughout the year. And to actually have a wonderful event to start the holiday season and to thank everyone for just being wonderful," said John Santoski, the CEO of The Arc of the Piedmont.