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Beat the winter blahs with these 9 family-friendly fun runs around Seattle



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As we ease back into regular routines after the school breaks and glittering revelry of the holidays, it’s nice to put new events on the calendar.

And for those of us prone to setting fitness-related goals, fun runs can be part of it. They are also handy as an excuse for putting off more sensible chores, like putting away the holiday lights. Here are some fine, family-friendly events to get you out and moving.

 

Saturday, January 19

Magnuson MLK Weekend Run

Magnuson Park

Time: 10 a.m. start for 5K, 10K and 15K.

Cost: $22 for the 5K, $27 for the 10K, $32 for the 15K.

Kids 400-yard dash at 9:45 a.m. Cost $3.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, January 27

Seward Park Resolution Run 1

Seward Park

Time: 9:35 a.m. for the 2.5K and the 5K, 9:30 a.m. for the 10K and the 15K

Cost: $28 to $38 for adults, $19 to $22 for youth under 19.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

Tunnel to Viaduct 8K run/walk

Celebrate (?) the demise of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and explore Seattle's future. Events will include a bike ride, tunnel walk and art festival on the viaduct. Participants will be among the first to ever step foot in the new Highway 99 tunnel while also capitalizing on one last opportunity to run Seattle's iconic viaduct, with its views of the Seattle skyline and Puget Sound.

Time: 7:30 a.m. (staggered starts) at the southbound entrance to the new tunnel at Sixth Avenue North and Harrison Street.

Cost: $45. ($50 if you wait until Jan. 30 or Feb. 1.)

Strollers OK? Yes.

 

Saturday, February 9

Valentine’s Day Dash

Green Lake

Time: 9:30 a.m. start for 5K and 10 K

Cost: $35 to $45 for the 5K, $40 to $50 for the 10K

Free Kid’s Dash starts at 9:10 a.m.

Beer garden, mimosas and brownies available after the run.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Saturday, February 16

Magnuson President’s Day Weekend Run

Magnuson Park

Time: 10 a.m. start for 5K, 10K and 15K.

Cost: $22 for the 5K, $27 for the 10K, $32 for the 15K.

Kids 400-yard dash at 9:45 a.m. Cost $3.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, February 24

Seward Park Resolution Run 2

Seward Park

Time: 9:35 a.m. for the 2.5K and the 5K, 9:30 a.m. for the 10K and the 15K

Cost: $28 to $38 for adults, $19 to $22 for youth under 19.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, March 3

Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

Seattle Center

Fundraiser for: Make a Wish Foundation

Time: 6:45 a.m. for 5K, 7:55 a.m. for 15K

Cost: $44 to $54 for 5K, $64 to $74 for 15K

Strollers allowed? No

 

Saturday, March 9

Family Jewels 5K

St. Edward State Park, Kenmore

Fundraiser for: scholarships for local families who have endured childhood cancer

Time: 9 a.m. start for the 5K, the 1-mile run or walk, or the 0K, which involves hanging out and eating pie.

Cost: $25-$35.

Fun feature: Pie table.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day Dash

Seattle Center

Fundraiser for: See Ya Later Foundation, Outdoors for All, Girls on the Run, Campfire. Snohomish Young Life Capernaum, Mt. Rainier High School Track & Field

Time: 5K starts in waves at 8:30 a.m., 8:40 a.m., and 8:50 a.m.

Leprechaun Lap 1K for kids aged 10 and younger starts at 8 a.m., cost $15

Cost for 5K: $35 to $40 for adults aged 15 and up, $24 for ages 14 and under

Fun features: green regalia and costumes, Irish-themed hilarity

Strollers allowed: Yes

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