Local Family Friendly Holiday Run/Walks

In the Desert, Fall and Winter are the best times of year to get outside and enjoy our beautiful landscape along with the temps we’ve been waiting all summer for! So, why not do so with your family in a fun and active way?


During the months of November and December there are tons of Family Friendly 5k/10k walks/runs, half marathons and even a triathlon or two. Your level of fitness can be beginner to novice. There’s something for everyone and typically the events include a finishers medal, tee shirt for each participant, and often end with a yummy festive treat! Most races benefit some sort of charity, so as a family you’ll be helping a good cause too.


Don’t know where to start to even consider something like this, not to worry, we’ve done all the leg work for you by listing the local events below. Now you just have to pick one and register. Grab a group of friends to join you, get fun costumes, plan to make it a family tradition. It’s a great way to show your kids that fitness can be fun and is a great priority to have in life. Many of the events even have special kids dashes and Tot trots so all ages can participate. Nervous because you’ve never ran a 5k? Check out apps like Nike Run, that have built in programs to help you train.


Even if you walk the whole thing, you’re still getting out, moving your body, and making memories with your family. In our book, we call that a WIN!


Nov. 11

Veteran's Day Run – Tempe

A Portion of the proceeds will go directly to Team Red, White and Blue, enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.


Nov. 21

Leisure World Turkey Trot


Nov. 22nd: Most of these Trots end with Pumpkin Pie!

Phoenix Turkey Trot


Mesa Turkey Trot


Thanksgiving Day Classic- Peoria


Anthem Turkey Trot


Fountain Hills Turkey Trot


Gilbert Turkey Trot


Laveen Turkey Trot & Kids Dash


Thanksgiving Day Annual southwest Valley YMCA Sprint Triathlon


Nov. 23rd: Work off the feast before Black Friday shopping!

Fat Turkey Trail Run


The Leftovers 10K/5K


Dec. 2nd: Get in the spirit with these fun winter/holiday themed events!

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - Phoenix

Mmmm...chocolate! And running! What more could you ask for? The Hot Chocolate race sets up an either 15K or 5K USATF certified route which includes marshmallow sweet stations. Your finisher mug is waiting to be filled with chocolate fondue.

Start and finish in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.


Dec. 8th

AZ Santa Run (This one has a GROUPON deal.)

This fun run is a 5k/1 mile run/walk where all participants become one of Santa’s helpers by dressing like him! Both the 5K course and 1 mile fun run takes place within the confines of Victory Lane Sports Park and the surrounding Adobe Dam Regional Park. The course is on a developed trail. How do you dress like Santa? By wearing the full Santa suit that comes with registration!


12K's of Christmas

Get in the holiday spirit with a 12K or 6K run to support local animal charities. The 12K is USATF certified and starts and ends at Gilbert’s Freestone District Park with an out and back route along Western Powerline Trail. The 6K (which you can also walk) welcomes dogs and strollers.

There will be a Santa's Pet Village with shelter pets available to adopt, Christmas caroling along the route and a Christmas Bazaar.


Dec. 15th

Run, Run Rudolph Half Marathon

Gear up for a great half through Peoria's Rio Vista Park. There's also a 4 miler and a kids 1/2 mile reindeer dash. With a course set by a professional race management team, you are sure to run like a, well, reindeer!


Dec. 16th

Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon

Experience the magic of the Santa Hustle this December. If you are a Christmas lover, enjoy overplayed holiday music, devouring candy and cookies, and joining in on an epic after party at Navy Pier then grab your favorite friends and family and register for the Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon in Glendale Arizona! Awesome Race swag bag that is Santa approved!

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