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Beat the winter blahs with these 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.

And if fun-running is new to you, we have a fantastic guide.

 

Wednesday, January 1

Resolution Run and Polar Bear Dive

Whether you want to run into Lake Washington, or just cheer on as others do it, this is a raucous way to start 2020.

Where: Magnuson Park

Time: 5K Starts at 10:30 a.m. Free kids’ dash for kids 10 and under at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $35-$45 for the 5K, $10 for a t-shirt for the kids’ dash.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Saturday, January 4

Worst Day of the Year Run

Somebody figured out that the worst weather of the year happens around this weekend, and that’s more than enough to get some people to celebrate. Each adult who runs in costume gets a free beer.

Where: McMenamins Anderson School, Bothell

Fundraiser for: Plant-It 2020, who will plant a tree for every runner.

Time: 5K and 10K start at 10 a.m.

Cost: $39-$49

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, January 5

Turtle 5K

An easy-going run geared for the “turtles” of the fun-run world: enthusiastic but not especially speedy folk that typically run near the back of the pack.

Where: Green Lake Park

Fundraiser for: Seattle Aquarium’s sea turtle rehabilitation program

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: $25-$35, $20 for kids 10 and under, free for kids 10 and under with no bib or medal

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Saturday January 18

Magnuson MLK Weekend Run

Where: Magnuson Park

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

Cost: $23 for the 5K, $28 for the 10K, $33 for the 15K.

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

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, January 26

Seward Park Resolution Run

Where: Seward Park

Time: 10K starts at 9:30 a.m. 5 K and 2.5 K Start at 9:35 a.m.

Cost: $30-$35 for the 5K and 10K, $19 for kids 19 and under in the 5K, $19 for the 2.5K

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, February 9

My Better Half Marathon

Where: Seward Park

Fundraising for: Rebuilding Together Seattle

Time: Half-marathon 8 a.m., 10K 8:05 a.m., and 5K 8:10 a.m.

Cost: $80 to $95 for the half marathon, $49-$64 for the 10K and 5K

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Saturday, February 15

Magnuson Presidents Day Weekend Dash

Where: Magnuson Park

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

Cost: $23 for the 5K, $28 for the 10K, $33 for the 15K.

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

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Alexander’s Hope Valentine’s Day Dash

Where: Heritage Park, Kirkland

Fundraiser for Alexander’s Hope, a non-profit that promotes organ donation

Time: 5K starts at 9 a.m.

Cost: $35-$50, 14 and under $20

Free kids run at 10 a.m.

Strollers allowed? Yes.

 

Sunday, February 23

 Seward Park Revolution Run

Where: Seward Park

Time: 10K starts at 9:30 a.m. 5 K and 2.5 K Start at 9:35 a.m.

Cost: $30-$35 for the 5K and 10K, $19 for kids 19 and under in the 5K, $19 for the 2.5K

Strollers allowed? Yes.

 

Lunar New Year 5K

Where: Interurban Trail starting at N 175th St in Shoreline

Fundraiser for: International Community Health Services

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $30 to $50 for people 15-59, $25 to $50 for people 60 to 64, free for 65 and older and 14 and younger.

Strollers allowed? Yes

 

Sunday, March 1

Allstate Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

Feature of the course: “Sweet Stations” with chocolatey treats for runners.

Where: Seattle Center

Fundraiser for: Make a Wish

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

Cost: $65 to $74 for the 15K, $45 to $54 for the 5K

Strollers allowed? No

 

Sunday, March 15

St. Patrick's Day Dash

Seattle Center

Fundraiser for: See Ya Later Foundation, Girls on the Run, Young Life Snohomish Capernaum, Mt. Rainier High School Track & Field, Bothell Scouts, Irish Heritage Club

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: $30 to $50 for adults aged 15 and up, $25 for ages 14 and under

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

Strollers allowed: Yes


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