Seattle Runs You Might Like - December 2016 / January 2017
Here's our RunGuides race picks to power you through the holidays into the new year with our base fitness intact! Here's a batch of excellent runs happening over the next several weeks that you may want to add to your race calendar.
Of course, there are plenty more road races, fun runs, OCR and trail runs to be found at the RunGuides Seattle Race listings if you've already done these events.
This menu of runs is like a holiday buffet with a little bit of everything. Run a 5 or 10k here, a Half marathon there, and take a shot at the unusual 12k or 15k distances over there!
Date: December 10, 2016
Distances: 5k, 10k, Half marathon
Come to Tacoma to get your holiday cheer in gear, choosing from three popular race distances. Look for both flat and hilly sections on the courses. Costumes are highly encouraged!
Date: December 11, 2016
Run or walk the 5 kilometer route and celebrate the season by giving. This fundraiser event is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays helping to raise funds to fight arthritis. A festive mood prevails at this large event, but the seriors runners can run on the clock.
Date: December 18, 2016
Distances: 12k, 5k
This festive holiday run happens at Kirkland’s scenic Cross Kirkland Corridor trail for both the 12K and 5K run/walk routes. The runs begin and end in historic Heritage Park. There's also a kid's dash for those 10 and under.
Date: January 1, 2017
Celebrating the beginning of the new year, the event consists of a 5K run/walk that has an optional Polar Bear Dive into Lake Washington just prior to the event finish line area. Yes it looks nuts, but most participants go for the dip! Results for the standard 5K and the Polar Bear 5K will be scored separately.
Date: January 14, 2017
Distances: 5k, 10k, 15k
This event is stages at beautiful Magnuson Park on the shores of Lake Washington. Come on out and run 5, 10 or 15k's on the flat, fast loop. The MLK Weekend Run is part of the Magnuson Series of fun and affordable monthly runs.
Ready to get some mud on your shoes? Here's a trio of super-fun trail runs at a grab-bag of distances.
Date: December 17, 2016
Distances: 10k, 4.2 miles
Embrace the trail running experience in “The Magnificent Forest” of Seattle's Seward Park with it's graceful Western Red Cedar and towering Douglas Fir, along with a lush tapestry of other native plants.
Date: January 1, 2017
Distances: 4 mile, 8 mile
These runs are set in St. Edwards State Park along Lake Washington. The course starts on fun, swoopy, twisting single track. Next, hightail it down to the water and cruise along the shore for a while. Be sure to catch your breath, because what goes down, must come back up! One loop for the 4-mile run, two loops for the 8-miler.
Date: January 21, 2017
Hey, it might not rain! But it probably will. The course offers a super fast, flat, scenic criuse along the Sammamish River Trail. Enjoy the rain along with eagles, herons, deer and bunnies. Afterwards, enjoy big, sparkly medals, umbrellas and cupcakes with sprinkles!
Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides and runs for writing inspiration.