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9 Seattle Fun Runs to Get Your Family Active this Spring

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The mantra for working out with your kids shouldn't be "no pain, no gain." There are plenty of local runs in the spring that offer terrific opportunities to focus on fun. Some are more challenging races for older kids, but many events have kids' dashes or family walks. Start small, be encouraging, and do a little more activity each outing; you'll be ready for these events in no time.


Carry 5 Walk for Water

A fundraiser for Water 1st International, families carry water in support of communities in need of clean water. The event takes place at Seattle Center, where participants fill their containers with water from the International Fountain and try to carry it for five kilometers (the average walk made by people in poor countries who lack access to water). This event is a fresh way to help your kids gain a global perspective.

When: Sunday May 6, 1pm


The Color Run

Although The Color Run isn't strictly for families, what kid can resist getting covered head to toe in bright colors? The run is family friendly, and unsurprisingly, draws tons of families each year. The run kit includes all kinds of goodies too—including a white t-shirt (which will remain white for about a minute), color packets for getting messy, and temporary tattoos!

When: Sunday, May 13


Kirkland Half Marathon Kids Dash

Children can run in a free kids' dash as part of the Kirkland Half Marathon. It's a great way for your family to learn about the Hope Heart Institute's Kids Take Heart program, and taste test a variety of healthy foods at the PCC Kid Picks Mobile.

When: Sunday, May 13


UW Bothell Husky 5K Run/Walk

Get cheered on by the Husky marching band at this family-friendly event. Follow up your run/walk with fun in the bouncy house, face painting and breakfast at the North Creek Events Center. Join UW alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, friends, supporters and Dawg Dash runners at this spirited, family and dog-friendly event benefiting student scholarships.

When: Saturday, May 19


Beat the Bridge

Run for a great cause—juvenile diabetes—and a great event. Older kids might want to try and beat the University Bridge before it raises in the 8K race. Or, choose the 4-mile family walk, the 1-mile fun run or the "diaper derby" for toddlers.

When: Sunday, May 20


Girls on the Run 5K

One of the most energetic and inspiring 5K's around. Help support the Girls on the Run program participants as they 'graduate' from this after school program by running in this 5K. Flat, fast and around Boeing Field. Guaranteed smiles. 100% of the proceeds benefits Girls on the Run of Puget Sound.

When: Sunday, May 20


Fiesta 5K Ole Run

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Volunteer Park with the Fiesta 5k Ole! Fun Run/Walk that finishes up with the 3rd Annual Top Taco Truck Challenge. Proceeds go to support The Hope Heart Institute.

When: Saturday, May 5



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