Fa-La-La Fitness: 5Ks, Fun Runs, & Santa Chases in Dallas


When facing a steady diet of holiday cocktails and late-night sugar cookies, you may find yourself in search of a little more balance. Use this roundup of local fun runs to get your steps in, support good causes, and enjoy the cooler weather. Love a good run when it’s 45 degrees out!

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Remember to check ahead for cancellations or updated safety measures.

November 20 & 21 :: Prairie Lights Sneak-A-Peek 5k :: Grand Prairie

Be the first to see the all-new displays at Prairie Lights as you run, jog, walk, or stroll through the park. November 20 will be dedicated for runners, joggers and fast walkers. November 21 for those who want to walk and stroll through the lights. See link for costume contest info.

November 25 :: Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot :: Downtown Dallas (& Virtual)

This annual Dallas tradition is one of the largest multi-event races in the country! It benefits the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and it’s a great way to start your Thanksgiving with the whole family. Live and virtual racing/walking options for the 5k and 8-mile, plus a Junior Trot for the kiddos. Check out the FAQ here.

November 25 :: Plano Turkey Trot :: Oak Point Park (& Virtual)

Can’t make it downtown? How about Collin County? Run/walk virtually or in-person for this annual Thanksgiving 5k and Kids Dash. Hypnotic Donuts will be on hand to reward you after. Benefits Best Buddies International.

November 25 :: North Texas Turkey Trot :: Frisco Square (& Virtual)

Choose from a 10K, 5K, or Miracle Mile for kids. Race proceeds benefit The Miracle League of Frisco, which provides local kids with mental and/or physical challenges (ages 5-22) the opportunity to play sports as members of an organized league.

December 4 :: Jingle Bell Run :: Trinity Park

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run 5k returns. Run or walk a 5k in holiday attire to battle the #1 cause of disability.

December 4 :: Bonefrog Challenge :: Forney

This one seems slightly more hardcore—it’s the world’s only Navy SEAL obstacle course race. They have several different race events including a kids race. See link for tons of details and to register.

December 4 – 12 :: SuperVive Fun Run :: Virtual

Walk, run, or ride anywhere and anytime. The top 3 participants who log the most miles get a reward! Organized by ROSAesROJO to promote in-family physical activity and help serve more Hispanic women in North Texas on the topics of wellness and cancer prevention.

December 10 – 12 :: BMW Dallas Marathon Festival :: Dallas

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Dallas Marathon! The course highlights the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, entertainment districts, and iconic Dallas landmarks. There’s a whole line-up of weekend events at the link, including a 5K, 10K, Kids 100M Dash, entertainment, health expo, and more. Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities (and to date has donated $4M to Scottish Rite for Children).

December 18 :: Jingle All the 5K, 10K :: Downtown Dallas (& Virtual)

Are you ready for this Yeti? These morning runs (including the Kids Dash) start at Trinity Groves Gateway Plaza right near the Continental Pedestrian Bridge. You’ll have a great backdrop of downtown Dallas. Benefits 29 Acres.

December 18 :: Irving Frost Half Marathon, 10K & 5K :: Toyota Music Factory :: Irving (& Virutal)

Join the movement with others in-person or virtually who like you, practice wellness and a healthy lifestyle while promoting the fight against childhood obesity. Fast and flat course. Joggers, walkers, strollers and dogs are allowed but must start in the last corral. Benefits Irving Schools Foundation. See race day perks at the link!

December 18 :: Candy Cane Course North Dallas 

2021 details TBA. 10k, 5k, or 1 Mile run/walk (including youth divisions for the 10k and 5k).

January 15 :: Chocoholic Frolic :: Tupps Brewery :: McKinney

They’ll have a 5K and a Kids K this morning. All 5K registrants receive a long sleeve wicking shirt, an extra large finishers medal, and a chocolate treat at the finish.


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