24 Must-Do Nov./Dec. Races Across The U.S.

Run Under the Lights 5K. Photo: Courtesy of Run Under the Lights


Karaoke 5K Run or Roll, Then Rock Out
Nov. 22, Washington, D.C.

Love to sing while you run? Then this Friday night race is perfect for you. DJs will blast tunes from the ’80s, ’90s and today along the course, which starts and ends at R.F.K. Stadium. Don’t want to run? Roller skating and roller blading are also options. All participants are invited to a post-race karaoke concert, where up to 50 wannabe rock stars will be randomly selected to sing on stage with a live band. No doubt—you’ll have a rockin’ good time. 

Run Under the Lights 5K
Nov. 23, Gaithersburg, Md.

‘Tis the season to run a holiday-themed race. Get in the spirit with this sparkling run that cruises around the Winter Lights Festival in Seneca Creek State Park. Starting at 6:15 p.m., the night race runs through 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays, such as Winter Woods, the North Pole, Penguin Cove and Toyland. Jogging strollers are welcome, making this fun run a true family affair. Register early—the event is limited to 800 runners due to parking limitations.

Surf-n-Santa 10 Miler & Frosty’s 5K
Dec. 7, Virginia Beach, Va.

A trip to Virginia Beach is totally worth it for this race, which attracts more than 5,000 runners annually. Not only does every participant receive a Santa Hat and a medal, but there’s also a rockin’ post-race holiday party at the Virginia Convention Center. Choose the 10-mile distance or the 5K—there’s even a Rudolph 1K option for kiddies 12 and younger. And don’t forget the family-friendly “Naughty or Nice” costume contest, rewarding the best Grinch, Santa, Hanukkah Harry and Rudolph out there.

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