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Best New Years’ Runs Around the Sound

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5K Dash for Dance and 1 Mile Boogie Woogie Fun Run
Saturday, December 31
10:00am
Game Farm Park
3000 R St SE
Auburn, WA 98002
http://www.firstgiving.com/pacificballroom/dash-for-dance

Pacific Ballroom Dance is thrilled to be hosting their first ever 5K Dash for Dance and 1 Mile Boogie Woogie Fun Run! Proceeds support our Performing Company, our scholarship program, as well as our fantastic Dancing Classrooms program that brings ballroom dance to local 5th grade classrooms. Register online.

Seattle Beer Run
Saturday, December 31
3:00pm
Fremont Brewing Company
3409 Woodland Park Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.cityrunningtours.com

Journey to the Center of the Universe! Come experience the weird and wonderful and finish if off with a beer! This run begins at the Waiting for Interurban statue and continues through Fremont where you’ll see the ‘Statue of Lenin’, a magical chocolate factory, the sign post at the Center of the Universe, the Fremont Troll and MUCH more! Best of all we will end at the local Fremont Brewing Company where you are welcome to enjoy a delicious BEER. Leashed pets welcome. Register online.

Last Mile Fun Run
Saturday, December 31
6:00pm
Pantages Theatre
901 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
http://www.metroparkstacoma.net

Yes it’s the last mile of the year, so get your decorated hats, shoes and costumes on to kick 2011 to the curb. This event will lead the First Night kick-off parade.
Pick up your race number before Friday, December 30 at: Metro Parks Tacoma head quarters, 4702 S. 19th St. Show your race number at Varsity Grill on race day and receive a free beverage! Register online.

Resolution Run with Optional Polar Bear Dive
Sunday, January 1, 2012
9:00am
Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.promotionevents.com

A New Years 5K run/walk with optional “Polar Bear Dive” into Lake Washington at the 3.0 mile mark of the 3.1 mile route. Includes free kids dash, post-race celebration and beer garden. Participants in this 3.1 mile run/walk can choose to stay dry and compete in the standard 5K run/walk or they can choose to select the optional Polar Bear Dive 5K that takes a brief detour into Lake Washington roughly 100 yards before the 5K finish line. Results for the standard 5K and the Polar Bear 5K will be scored separately. Roughly 60% of the race registrants last year chose the Polar Bear Dive option! Register online.

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