Travel & Outdoors

Best Holiday Runs in Puget Sound

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Spend a fun day with family and friends, dressed in holiday gear and keeping yourselves in shape for all those goodies and treats! Here are some of the best runs you’ll find around town. Many of them benefit local charities.

Christmas Rush Fun Run
Saturday, December 8
9:50am
Russell Road Park
24400 Russell Road
Kent, WA 98032
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts/funruns

Celebrating 30 years of running in Kent this December! The Rush is a 10k run and 5k run/walk. Both courses are certified and chip timed by BuDu racing. Highlights include awards for the top 5 finishers in each age category, random prize drawings, live jazz and fun give a ways to honor 30 years of the event.

Rogers Reindeer Run
Saturday, December 8
9:00am
Heritage Rec Center
9010 128th Street
Puyallup, WA 98373
http://www.rogersreindeerrun.vpweb.com

Gather your friends, family and colleagues to join us for South Hill, Puyallup’s first ROGERS REINDEER RUN. This community race will take place at Heritage Rec Park Trails on a new USATF certified 5K course and new USATF certified 10K course and is a great opportunity to run Individually or as a Team. This will be a timed and sanctioned event. Holiday themed costumes are optional but there will be a prize for the participant(s) voted best dressed! Bring canned or non-perishable food items and get 1 Raffle ticket for each item donated. Winner will receive a $15 gift card. Donations will benefit the Puyallup Salvation Army Food Bank. Register online.

St. Martin’s Jingle Bell Run
Saturday, December 8
10:00am
Marcus Pavilion
Saint Martin’s University campus
5300 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
http://www.stmartin.edu

Run, walk or stroll the five-kilometer route on Saint Martin’s beautiful wooded campus and enjoy the sounds of carolers as you run. See the decorated Christmas tree in front of Old Main. You may even encounter a deer or two! Afterwards, recharge with a cup of cocoa or cider and Christmas cookies, and have your photo taken with Santa. Not feeling up for a full 5k? Registration includes an option to run in the 1.5 mile fun run/walk and still enjoy the sights of Saint Martin’s University’s campus. All ages may participate and age group awards will be presented. Proceeds of the race will benefit Saint Martin’s athletics. Register online.

28th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, December 9
8:00am
Westlake Center
400 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.arthritis.org

Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces! Register online.

Crime Stoppers Reindeer Run
Sunday, December 9
9:00am
Hands on Children Museum
414 Jefferson St NE
Olympia, WA 98501
http://www.crimebusters.org/reindeer-run

Certified 5K race course along th waterfront on East Bay Drive. Registration fee includes long sleeve tees for preregistered participants and jingle bells for runners shoes. There is also a FREE – Hands On Childrens Museum Candy Cane 1 mile run, following the start of the 5K run. Awards plus post race food to include cookies, hot cocoa, coffee or tea. Register online.

Santa Runs Tacoma
Saturday, December 15
8:30am
Foss Waterway
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
http://www.santarunstacoma.com

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come join Santa as he runs Tacoma’s 4th annual Christmas 10k – 5k -1k run on Tacoma’s scenic waterfront. Costume contest for the best dressed Christmas Character! Please bring canned or dry food products with you on race morning for donation to FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. Run benefits The Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County. Register online.

12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run
Sunday, December 16
9:30am
Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive
Kirkland, WA 98033
http://www.12ksofchristmas.com

Welcome to the 10th annual 12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run! Run or walk either distance and then stay for the post-event celebration including a free kids dash for tots 10 years old and under, free food, music, a holiday costume contest for people and pets and the opportunity to join in the holiday celebration in downtown Kirkland. Register online.

Jingle Bell Run
Monday, December 24
1:30pm
Wright Park
501 S. I St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org

Take a break from holiday festivities and bring your family and friends to Wright Park to enjoy a refreshing afternoon 3 mile run or walk. Bring non-perishable food for St. Leo’s Food Bank or old running shoes for the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Register online.

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