Holiday Runs Coming to the Bay Area

Hannah Christopher, Staff Writer

    Looking for a fun way to burn some cookie calories during the holiday season? Participate in a fun run with some friends! Organized runs are a great way to get active in the community and enjoy the clean, crisp, winter air. Instead of reaching for another hot cocoa reach for your running shoes and take part in all of the fun activities happening locally.

    On December 14th at 9 a.m., our very own San Pablo Reservoir is hosting its annual 5k/10k Dam Jingle Bell Dash run/walk. Runners are encouraged to bring their favorite Santa hats with jingle bells provided for running shoes. This festive run is a great way to get together with friends and celebrate the holiday season by stretching your legs in holiday apparel.

   However, if you’re looking for a more colorful way to celebrate, San Francisco’s annual Run or Dye 5k in Candlestick park on December 14th will be sure to brighten your holidays. You will be showered with holiday colored, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye at every kilometer with promise of a Dye Festival afterwards. Proceeds will go to local charities and Toys-4-Tots which will help bring Christmas cheer to many deserving families this holiday season.

   If you’re unable to attend either runs on the 14th, San Francisco’s annual 5k/10k/15k Holiday Hustle on the 15th is a creative, way to celebrate holidays with a group. Groups of one to five are welcome to take part, running or biking in search for holiday decorations along the beautiful course through West Portal and St. Francis Woods neighborhoods of San Francisco.

   Make strides towards your New Year’s resolution with San Francisco’s third annual 5k Resolution Dash in Golden Gate Park. Runners will write down one of their resolutions for the New Year on a board at the finish line, with all finishers earning ribbons and special prizes going to the two runners with the most creative resolutions. The proceeds from this run will go to Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides groceries and “meals with love” to seniors and those living with serious illnesses in San Francisco and Alameda counties. Runners are encouraged to dress in festive gear, making it a fun holiday race that will get you 5k closer to your New Year’s resolution.

   San Francisco’s annual Commitment Day 5k on New Year’s morning is the perfect run/walk to make your resolutions a reality. The race was created with the intent of starting a conversation about living a healthy way of life. The proceeds from this run go to the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life, aiming to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020 by helping people live a healthier life. This run welcomes families and individuals of all ages to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle on the first day of the New Year.

   So whether it be along the water, through the woods or neighborhoods, take part in a local run or walk this season to celebrate the holidays and possibly help a worthy cause.