If you’re a believer in…short runs, followed by beer and most likely dancing…then this list is for you.
Whether you a train a little (or a lot), these 5k races in the greater Seattle area are my top picks because they all have a really fun theme…encouraging costumes, teams and maybe a few post-run drinks!
Top 7 Seattle Fun Runs This Winter
The 12k’s of Christmas
Date: December 16th
Location: Kirkland, WA
Details: 5K, 12K, Kids Dash
What’s Included: Finisher medal, toboggan beanies, personalized bib number + chip timing. Shirts available for purchase.
Ho Ho Holiday Run
Date: December 22nd
Location: Bremerton, WA
Details: 5K, Kids Run
Whats included: A full santa suit that includes the hat, beard and suit, finisher medal and hot chocolate.
Polar Bear Plunge & Run
Date: January 1st
Location: Seattle, WA
Worst Day of the Year Run
Date: January 5th
Location: Bothell, WA
Details: 5k, 10K
What’s Included: Winter accessory, finisher medal, costume contest with great prizes, homemade soup from McMenamins, complimentary adult beverage if you come in costume, heated indoor post-race party and free onsite parking.
Valentine’s Day Dash
Date: February 9th
Details: 5K, 10K, Kids Dash
What’s Included: 20+ exhibitor booths providing free food, drink and more, and for those 21 and over the Lover’s Lounge will serve adult beverages of various types, including spiked hot drinks to warm the cockles of your heart, beer and of course mimosas. Our costume contest will occur at the stage providing those dressed up the opportunity to win swell prizes, and we’ll have an awards ceremony as well for our top overall finishers. With our race bibs showing your self-selected relationship status, the celebration is the perfect setting for finding love.
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Date: March 3rd
Details: 5K, 15K
What’s Included: Participants receive an award winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, Hot Chocolate merchandise, and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats!
St. Patrick’s Day Dash
Date: March 17rd
Details: 5K, 15K
What’s Included: Brooks moisture-transfer technical running shirt, bib and Post Dash Bash Beer Garden for 21+! Brooks Shamrock Launch Shoes available for purchase.
Best Winter Running Gear
I hope this post inspires you to gather your friends, sign up for a race and add a few new pieces to your winter running wardrobe.
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XoXo Portia*Photos by Jasmine Klein Photography
Thank you to my friends at Brooks Running for graciously sending over product to try and review! All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.