Turkey Trot

Levi Siemens, 4, gets a lift from his uncle David Williams as the crowd of more than 2000 gathers for the races.

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With these cool morning temps, there's no better time to get the kids outside for some exercise.

And, with these fun running events, you won't even have to fight them to go. 

They may even race you there. 😉

Hanukkah Hot Chocolate 5K/1K Fun Run

Go for a run or walk and get a sweet cup of hot chocolate as a reward. There's a timed 5K and an non-timed 1K. You can run or walk either one. 

When: Dec. 2, 8-10 a.m. 

Where: Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: $10 for the 1K; $2-$30 for the 5K. Free for children 6-and-under with registered parent.

Info: Go here

13th Annual Vail Jingle Trail 5K and Santa's Little Helper

This event will be run (or walked) on a cross country route at Cienega High School in Vail. The first 400 finishers will get a special ornament award and everyone who registers before Dec. 6 gets a long-sleeve shirt. There's also a 1K option. 

The Cienega High School choir will get you in the holiday spirit while it sings Christmas carols. Bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive. 

When: Dec. 15, 8:45 a.m. for the 1K; 9 a.m. for the 5K. Day-of race registration starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Cienega High School, 12775 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Road

Cost: $10-$25

Info: Go here

Run, Run, Rudolph

Help Rudolph and the gang get ready for Santa and the big night. All participants will receive a medal, dri-fit tech shirt and socks. Group awards will be given for top three in the half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K. Runners and walkers can enjoy a before and after race brunch with bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade and more. Packet pick-up on Saturday, December 15, 2-5 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Oro Valley.

Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $20-$75, registration is a mail-in for available here

Click here for registration and more info. 


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Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson