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


When facing a steady diet of holiday cocktails and late-night cookies, you may find yourself in search of some balance. Use this roundup of local fun runs to get your steps in AND enjoy the cooler weather. Love a good run when it’s 40 degrees out!

Note: Most of the runs have shifted to a virtual format this year. There are a handful that are trying to keep an in-person component, but please be aware that these are highly subject to cancellation. In the event they do proceed as planned, please use caution and good judgement and follow the safety rules!Dallas fun runs turkey trot


Prairie Lights Sneak-A-Peek 5k :: Virtual :: November 21, 2020 :: This year isn’t exactly a sneak peek, since the run is virtual, but there are still prizes to be had! They’ll host a photo contest on Facebook for best outfit and holiday team spirit. Families with little ones can enter the festive stroller competition. Send contest photos to [email protected] by November 25. Register for the run here!

Dallas Turkey Trot :: Virtual :: November 20-29, 2020 :: This annual Dallas tradition is one of the largest multi-event races in the country! It benefits the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and this year there’s a window of time in which you can choose to complete the trot. Choose either a 5K or 8 Mile run/walk (or a 1k Tot Trot for the kids). Here’s an FAQ with lots more info. Register here!

North Texas Turkey Trot :: Virtual :: November 26, 2020 :: This one might have the best shirts for 2020. 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. Register here!

Jingle Bell Run :: Virtual :: December 11-13, 2020 :: The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run 5k lives on, this time in a virtual format. Sign up early for extra swag. Register here!

Irving Frost 5k, 10k, or Half :: Toyota Music Factory :: December 5, 2020 :: As of now, there is an option for both virtual or in-person running at this Irving event. Be advised that the in-person option may be called off. For virtual, complete your run between December 1-31. Register here!

Chocoholic Frolic :: Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie :: December 6, 2020 :: Run, jog, or walk your way through the 5k, 10k, or KidsK courses. Currently offering in-person or virtual race options. Register here!

Candy Cane Course North Dallas :: Garland :: December 19, 2020 :: Here’s another one they’re trying to figure out a way to keep live, although they recommend signing up for virtual due to the precarious circumstances. 10k, 5k, or 1 Mile run/walk (including youth divisions for the 10k and 5k). Register here!

KwanzaaFest Beat Obesity 5k :: Fair Park :: December 12, 2020 :: The annual KwanzaaFest celebration has been cancelled but as of now the fun run is still happening. This 5k and 1 Mile Kid’s Run aim to promote community health and well-being. Register here!

Jingle Bell Run :: Virtual :: December 1-17, 2020 :: This family-friendly event has shifted to virtual for their 5k. You should still run in your most over-the-top holiday attire though! Race proceeds benefit the Mavs Foundation and Trinity Strand Trail conservation. Register here!

Thanks again to Reliant for sponsoring our holiday guide!


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