The Christmas 5K & Christmas Mile at Santa's WonderlandNov. 19-20; College Station, Texas 1 of 10
Who says you can't start the Christmas festivities before you finish your Thanksgiving turkey? With 2.5 million holiday lights and hot cocoa at the finish, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in November at Santa's Wonderland. The race finishes in the heart of Santa's Town, complete with free admission to Santa's Wonderland, a hayride tour, the West Pole Express, and much more.
Barnesville Holiday HustleDec. 3; Barnesville, Ga. 2 of 10
Sing doggy carols while hustling with all of your furry friends in Barnesville. Proceeds benefit the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, whose mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, rehome and adopt abandoned dogs and offer low cost spay and neutering. Pups will be on-site looking for forever homes, too, so you can go ahead and mark that off of your loved one's list—assuming they've been nice this year.
Santa StampedeDec. 10; Littleton, Colo. 3 of 10
In terms of natural beauty, it's going to be tough to beat the Santa Stampede's route along the banks of the South Platte River. All participants will receive a Santa hat prior to embarking upon their five kilometer journey, creating the ensuing stampede of Santas. Be sure to collect your early Christmas gift: a free subscription of Colorado Running.
The Ugly Sweater Run: DallasDec. 10; Dallas, Texas 4 of 10
As holiday runs go, the Ugly Sweater Run is a giant. The national running series benefits One Warm Coat, which aims to provide all Americans with just that—one coat to keep them warm during the winter months. The Dallas event is being hosted at Globe Life Park in Arlington and will feature a smorgasbord of awesomeness, including marshmallow guns, a mechanical reindeer and complimentary Kahlua. So, grab your ugliest sweater and get after it.
The 12Ks of Christmas Holiday RunDec. 10; Washington, D.C. 5 of 10
You've heard of the 12 Days of Christmas—now try the 12 Ks of Christmas. On the first day of Christmas, your true love gave to you a festive holiday run with a great cause to boot. Whaler's Creation Foster Care Organization will be on-hand accepting donations to provide meals and toys to 200 foster children who would otherwise go without this holiday season. Fresh apple cider will greet you at the finish line to assist in warming your heart.
Florida Holiday Halfathon & RelayDec. 11; Madeira Beach, Fla. 6 of 10
In its 15th year, the Florida Holiday Halfathon is the oldest half marathon in Pinella County. Another flat, fast course, ripe for a PR, this aesthetically pleasing race begins in Madeira Beach and treks inland to a lakefront finish line. If you're under the impression that Florida isn't exactly a winter wonderland, think again.
Christmas Santa Stroll 5K Night Glow RunDec. 17; Naples, Fla. 7 of 10
Part of the Christmas Fitness Festival, this night figures to be anything but silent. The race path is lined with lights to get you into the holiday spirit while you serve as a human light-up Christmas decoration, rockin' around the edge of Lake Avalon under the stars.
Holiday Hustle 5KDec. 18; Bel Air, Md. 8 of 10
Dress in your yuletide best and enjoy one of the most festive holiday runs on the East Coast—an event that culminates with hot chocolate and a finisher medal that is guaranteed to become one of the favorites in your collection. Run Rudolph, run.
San Diego Holiday HalfDec. 18; San Diego, Calif. 9 of 10
If all you want for Christmas is a personal best half marathon time, the San Diego Holiday Half may be the perfect gift to give yourself. The lightning fast course finishes at Torrey Pines State Beach after a 711-foot net elevation drop along the rolling downhill bike path. Have yourself a merry little PR.