Take a break from holiday shopping and participate in one of the holiday races being held in Los Angeles and all over Southern California. Whether you’re up for a Marathon, a Half-Marathon, or just one of the many Los Angeles Fun Runs, we’ve got your list here.
Many of these Races and Fun Runs are family-friendly, with short distances for even the youngest kids, plus most of these runs have a charity component, meaning you’re doing a good deed while you stay fit.
At Thanksgiving time you can find a Turkey Trot 5K, and of course there are also Christmas Runs you can enter. From Pomona to Santa Monica, check out all the Los Angeles Holiday Races.
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Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Starts and finishes at City Hall
200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Everyone is invited to “run first, feast later” at the 7th Annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles. Families may participate in the 5K, 10K, or 1-mile Wide Wobble for kids. Every participant receives a shirt, medal, and bib. The festivities happen Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Additionally, the event benefits the Midnight Mission! Check the website for registration information.
7th Annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot
Race begins and ends at the Pali High School Football Field
15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Families are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Palisades Funding Turkey Trot happening Thanksgiving morning at 8:15 am. There is a 5K and a 10K race. Finishers receive a medal. This event benefits the Hearts with Hope charity, “an initiative that brings medical, dental, and administrative care to children living with congenital heart disease throughout the world.” Registration information is available online.
Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot
321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
Run, walk, or push a stroller through Downtown Burbank and participate in the Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot. This event starts at 7:30 am on Thanksgiving morning, and 100% of the proceeds “support the YMCA Financial Assistance Program benefitting community residents.” This event is designed for everyone whether you’re a “competitive runner, casual jogger, or enthusiastic runner.” Enjoy pre-race expo as well as a Kids Fun Zone. Check the website for registration information.
Drumstick Dash 2019
New location – Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA
“Move your feet so others can eat” by participating in the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving morning. This annual 5K/10K running event raises “funds for the homeless and hungry throughout the San Fernando Valley.” This family event allows participants to run, walk, or even push a stroller. Participants receive a shirt, finisher medal, and the good feeling that knows you’ve helped someone else. Registration information is available online.
40th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run
Sam’s Club Parking Lot
2601 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA
The City of Torrance Community Services Department hosts the Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run Thanksgiving morning at 8:00 am. This three-mile run promises to be lots of fun. All participants receive a commemorative shirt, and after the fun run, there will be a drawing for lots of great prizes. And don’t forget to donate canned foods which will be distributed to people in need throughout the South Bay.
Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk and Food Drive
1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
The Annual Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive is a popular tradition for many families. This 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am, and there is a special Kids’ Mile Run event designed for children 12 and younger. (The 1 Mile Kids’ Run begins at 9:30 am). The Food Drive is the largest food drive in the Foothill communities. Canned and non-perishable food sanctions are gratefully accepted. In 2017, more than 160 families benefited from the donations. Register online.
42nd Annual Dana Point Harbor Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point 92629
Dana Point Turkey Trot participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K scenic route through the picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 4-12 can also participate during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble one-mile race. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and be awarded a medal after crossing the finish line.
42nd Annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run
Race begins in Santa Monica at Barnard Way and Ocean Park and finishes in Venice
The Christmas Run dates back to 1977, and this year it’s being held on Saturday, December 7th. 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. The finish line also includes music, vendors, holiday inflatables, and more. All details, including registration information, are available online.
Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Ugly Sweater Run
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
Come be part of he Annual Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Ugly Sweater Run happening on Sunday December 15th, 2019! “From snow falling at the start line, to huge holiday character inflatables, holiday carolers, and festive participant shirts – this event has everything you need to start the season off right!” Registration information is available online.
2019 Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis
Glendale Central Park
201 E. Colorado St., Glendale, CA, 91205
On Sunday, December 8th, 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. Additionally, there will be a kid’s zone, entertainment, costume contests, and a visit from Santa Claus!
New Year’s Race 2020
200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Celebrate the new year on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 with this evening race that begins and ends in Grand Park. Run a 5K, 10K, or both for the 9.3 mile challenge. A Kids Run option is also available. Additionally, the event benefits the important work of A Place Called Home. Celebrate your accomplishment with music, art, and food trucks.
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