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48 Must-Do Dec./Jan. Races Across The U.S.

  • By Competitor.com
  • Published Dec. 5, 2013
The 12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run, Dec. 15; Kirkland, Wash.

Northwest Region

Holiday Half Marathon and 5K
Dec. 15; Portland, Ore.
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This out-and-back course starts and finishes at the Adidas North America campus—and includes carolers along the Willamette Blvd. portion of the course. You will get a truly unique experience of North Portland, as this is the only race that stays exclusively within that region, offering great views of the forested bluffs on either side of the Willamette River.. Don’t forget to join your fellow participants for a post-race brew, soup, hot chocolate and egg nog—a perfect way to celebrate this endurance accomplishment and ring in the holidays.

Eugene Holiday Half Marathon & Hustle 10K and 5K
Dec. 21; Eugene, Ore.
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This race caters to those late holiday family nights with its 10 a.m. start time. The out-and-back course covers the Fern Ridge Path in Eugene—all three distances stay on this path. Although shirts are not included in the race entry fee, awards will be given to the top-three overall finishers, as well as the top-three finishers in each age group. Festive costumes are encourage—all three races also offer prizes for the most appropriately dressed holiday runners.

Sweater Dash 5K
Dec. 14; Seattle
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Show off your runner enthusiasm this holiday season with a custom race ornament at this ugly sweater 5K event. All participants also receive a custom race bib, mason jar and post-race holiday celebration, complete with apple cider. To avoid an added charge, plan to pick up your race packet on Friday; runners are able to pick up for friends as long as they provide an ID. Santa will be present at the event—bring the kids to sit on his lap and ride the kiddie rides at the finish line.

The 12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run
Dec. 15; Kirkland, Wash.
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Offering a 12K, 5K and free 1K for the little ones, this event has got it all—including 30 plus vendors at the finish line expo. Runners start and finish at Marina Park, which is just is just a few feet from the Grape Choice Winter Warmer Wine Garden, the host of for any 21 and over runners who wish to taste seasonal brews and spiced wines. This is a no-excuses event—with a free event for the kids, wine for the adults and exhibitors to cater to every runner, what more could you ask for?

First Run 2014
Dec. 31; Beaverton, Ore.
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If banging pots and pans isn’t your thing at midnight, ring in the New Year with a 5K through the streets of Beaverton. Pre-party with thousands of other runners starting at 10 p.m. at the World Trade Center—perks include, drink, food, live entertainment and plenty of late-night photo ops. But be sure to register by Dec. 18—T-shirts are only guaranteed to those early bird runners who commit to their first 2014 run before that date.

White River Snowshoe Race 8K and 4K
Jan. 19; Mt. Hood, Ore.
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Dubbed “the largest, oldest and FUN-est snowshoe in the west” according to the website, this event welcomes participants of all levels—no experience necessary. The 8K distance makes a narrow loop as it ventures through White River Canyon. The 4K distance is a smaller version of the full loop and serves as a qualifier for the junior race at the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships on March 1 in Bennington, Vt., Each race has a significant climb as well as plenty of rolling terrain. Comprising the two largest snowshoe events in the Northwest, more than 200 participants are expected in 2014.

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