Seattle's Child

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Jingle Bell Run plus more active, holiday family fun


Sometimes, winter running is lovely. There's a certain sensual pleasure to going on a run on a crisp, bright day when you can see your breath. Often, it's ghastly. It takes extra will power to go out the door on an evening or morning when it is too dark and rainy to see anything. But whether running is pleasure or misery, once in a while it is good to have company. Here are some family-friendly runs to keep up your heart rate and holiday cheer.

Saturday, December 7

May the Course Be With You 5K

Where: Green Lake Park

Time: Packet pickup starts 8 a.m. Race starts 10 a.m.

Cost: $30, $20 for kids 10 and under.

Star Wars costumes encouraged.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Woodinville Winterfest 5K and 10K

 Where: Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville

Time: 10K starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K starts at 8:45 a.m.

Cost: $35 for 5K, $45 for 10K

Strollers allowed? Yes


Sunday, December 8

Jingle Bell Run

Where: Westlake Park

Fundraiser for: The Arthritis Foundation

Time: 7-11 a.m. First race wave goes at 8 a.m.

Cost: If you registered in October, the 12K starts at $50, the $5K and one mile start at $35, Jingle in your Jammies starts at $30, and the kids run starts at $15. Prices go up if you want timing (available on the 5K,) if you want your race packet shipped. Prices go up on Nov. 1 and again on the day of the run.

Strollers allowed in the 5K and the kids’ run.


Chase the Grinch Outa Snohomish Fun Run

Where: Downtown Snohomish

Fundraiser for: revitalization efforts in Historic Downtown Snohomish

Time: 10K and 5K start at 9 a.m. Kids’ dash is at 8:15 a.m.

Cost: $30-$45 for 5K, $45-$60 for 10K, $10 for kids dash.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Saturday, December 14

Winter Wonderland 5K and Lil’ Reindeer 1K

Where: Shoes-n-Feet Bellevue, 15015 Main St #102, Bellevue

Fundraiser for: Jubilee Reach

Time: Kids’ 1K starts at 8:45 a.m., 5K starts at 9:15 a.m.

Cost: $30-$40 for 5K, $10-$15 for 1K

Strollers allowed? Yes


Christmas Rush Fun Run

Where: Hogan Park at Russell Road, Kent

Time: 10K starts at 9:50 a.m., 5K starts at 10 a.m.

Cost: $15-$25, first 400 kids under 14 to sign up run free

Strollers allowed? Yes


Sunday, December 15

12 Ks of Christmas

Where: Heritage Park, Kirkland

Fundraiser for: Seattle Humane Society

Time: 5K begins at 9:45 a.m. and 12K begins at 9:30 a.m. Kids dash is at 11:10 a.m.

Cost: 12K $55-$65 ($45-$50 students), 5K $45-$50 ($35-$40 students)

Kids 1K dash $15

Strollers allowed? Yes


Saturday, December 21

Candy Cane Lane Run

Celebrate the solstice by donning headlamps and taking a run that takes in both the dark woods of Ravenna and the brilliant lights of Candy Cane Lane.

Where: Cowen Park

Fundraiser for: University District Food Bank

Time: 1 mile begins at 4:15 p.m., 5K begins at 5:40 p.m.

Cost: 1 mile $36, 5K $38. Includes headlamp. For a discount, use this promo code: SEATTLESCHILD20

Strollers allowed? Yes


Magnuson Holiday Fun Run

Where: Magnuson Park

Time: 7:30 a.m. start for 15K and half-marathon, 10 a.m. start for 5K, 10K.

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


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