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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.


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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