From Halloween to New Years, we all tend to think a lot about holidays and food. Halloween is packed with candy, Thanksgiving is a huge spread of food for friends and families, and December brings lots of parties for Hanukah & Christmas. If you love food – this is always a fabulous time of year!
What about fitness? For me, holidays are also about running! For as long as I’ve been running, I’ve celebrated lots of holidays with a running race. It’s also a great family activity, as many offer running & walking options.
There are lots of choices, but here are some of the typical holiday races you’ll find:
- Turkey Trot – Work up an appetite for the big meal of the day with a race! This year, we’re running the Vail Turkey Trot 5k. Last year we ran the Atlanta Half Marathon. Looking for one in your area? Try this Active Search or check with your local running store.
- Santa Run – Did you know Santa runs?! Sometimes in full costume and other times in a speedo, these look like a lot of fun. There’s one in Breckenridge that sound interesting. I wonder if Mrs. Claus ever runs with him?
- Jingle Jog – If you don’t have a Santa costume, how about a more generic holiday theme? I’ve done a few of these where they even pass out little bells to tie to your shoes. Nothing says festive like lots and lots of bells jingling around you! To find race options in your area, try goggling Christmas, Hanukah, run, race, or some combination of those words. I’m looking at the Stocking Run in the Denver area.
- Resolution Run – To wrap up the season, kick off the new year with a resolution run. These races often occur on New Years Day and often start a little later in the morning – yes, they know you were up late celebrating the night before. This is one holiday race I haven’t participated in yet – but it does sound fun!
Bonus: If you’re running a Thanksgiving race, consider also joining Racing For Relief to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Check out the full details on Mommy Run Fast.
If you don’t already have running races as part of your holiday traditions, this is a great year to start! It’s a great way to get the whole family moving, keep your motivation up for training during the business of the season, and maybe even accomplish a new goal.
Questions for you:
Are holiday races part of your family traditions?
Do you have any other “active” holiday traditions?
Do you have any races on your schedule through the New Year?