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Take a break from holiday shopping, and participate in one of the many holiday runs being held throughout southern California.

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Turkey Trot LA
Race Starts in Front of City Hall
200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Turkey returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning. Downtown – Get Ready. This event offers a scenic 5k and 10k route on the historic streets of Los Angeles. Online registration is still open or you can register Thanksgiving morning in front of City Hall. More information is available on the Turkey Trot LA website.

Long Beach Turkey Trot
Bayshore, 5415 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA  90803

The Long Beach Turkey Trot charity 5k and 10k fun run held on Thanksgiving morning follows a scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Registration is available online until it closes, but registration is available on race day.

Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run
2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA

The Christmas Run dates back to 1977, and this year it’s being held on Saturday, December 5th. There is a 5k and 10k option, as well as a Kid’s Fun Run, and a holiday costume contest. The run winds through Santa Monica and Venice as well as a stretch along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. All details, including registration information, are available online.

The Snow Run
L.A. Coliseum
3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Head downtown for The Snow Run on Saturday, December 5th. Also known as “The Most Wonderful Run of the Year” the event will feature fitness, music, good cheer, and a winter wonder festival! The event starts at 9, but festivities begin as early as 7 am. While making your way through this 5k, participants will be treated to the fun of “snow” — a novelty in southern California. Registration information is available online.

Vahagn Setian Memorial Run
Boat Court – Below the Beverly Hills Police Department
Rexford Blvd. and N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The city of Beverly Hills invites families to participate in the 5th Annual Vahagn Setian Memorial Run on Sunday, December 6th. Participation is free, and the 5k run/walk honors a community member whose life was cut short by a drunk driver. The event strives to join together the community and the police department as well as promoting teamwork and physical fitness. Details are available online.

Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k
10 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Manhattan Beach invites families to their 5k event on Saturday, December 12th. This night race begins at 5:30 pm; all participants will be given glow necklaces. Special races will be held for kids in different age groups. The event starts and finishes under the festive holiday lights of the Manhattan Beach Pier. The low tide creates hard, packed sand for runners (shoes are optional and baby joggers are encouraged). Details available online.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203

On Sunday, December 13th, bring the family to this 5k event to help raise money for arthritis research. Participants are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by attaching jingle bells to your shoelaces or wearing a holiday-themed costume. A special “reindeer run” will be held for children 8 years old and younger. Registration information is available online.

Jingle Road Run
South Gate Park “Goals Soccer Center”
9599 Pinehurst, South Gate, CA 90280

The city of South Gate hosts the Jingle Road Run on Sunday, December 13th. This 5k/10k run/walk will benefit the Aztlan Athletics Foundation Gateways City Chapter. There is also a special kids 1k run (for kids 9 and under) as well. The course is described as “flat and fast.” Participants are also encouraged to bring a toy to help support the local toy drive.

SoCal Run
Belmont Shores/Long Beach Pedestrian Path
5000 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA

Sunday, December 13th, the city of Long Beach is hosting a 5k, 10k, or 15k run along the beach. Each runner will be timed and will receive a medal upon completion of the run. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Algalita Marine Research and Education in Los Alamitos to help reduce the “Great Garbage Pitch” into the ocean. Registration information is available online.

Christmas 2 Give 5k and 1/2 Mile Dwarf Dash
Elysian Park
1880 Academy Dr., Los Angeles, CA

The Christmas 2 Give event will take place on Saturday, December 19th. This event features a course on a mix of dirt, grass, and asphalt as well as about 3/4 of a mile of gradual hills. Enjoy the views of Dodger Stadium while helping others. A shoe drive will be taking place, so make sure to bring shoes (new or used) to donate to those in need. (Strollers are not allowed on the 5k run but are permitted on the 1/2 mile dwarf dash). Details can be found online.

Reindeer Run
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA

The valley is hosting its own run on Sunday, December 20th. Participants can choose between a 5k, 10k, 15k, half-marathon, or marathon. Strollers are allowed, and all finishers will receive a medal. The Reindeer Run describes itself as a “low key race that emphasizes a more personal satisfaction to racing.” Details and registration information are available online.

8th Annual Santa Fun Run
Beach Bike Path
Ocean & 54th Place, Long Beach, CA

The Santa Fun Run is a family-friendly event being held on Sunday, December 20th. (The run is limited to 100 participants). All finishers will receive a medal. Proceeds will help support Fitness 4 All’s Kid’s Progressive Marathon Program as well as working towards the goal of bringing fitness and yoga to women’s shelters and drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Los Angeles. Details are available on line.



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