Best Winter Races

An end to the summer does not have to mean an end to racing. Having some type of goal race or event during these upcoming colder months can be just the type of motivation needed to stick with training and nutrition. Here is a short list of some of best races among various distances to give you some goals through the winter and spring.

Turkey Day 5k
Date: Weekend prior to Thanksgiving or the morning of
Location: Almost every city or town in the United States
Get 300 calories into the negative before enjoying the Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. There are official events and local ones, all throughout the country.

Rock N Roll Vegas Marathon / Half Marathon
Date: December 2
Location: Las Vegas, NV
With an afternoon start and being able to run through the scenic Las Vegas Strip at night make this event incredibly special. With highs in the 70’s, this will be a welcome destination race for those living in colder locations.

Christmas 5k
Date: December 1st to December 23rd
Location: Almost any city or town
From the Jingle Jog to the Run with Santa 5k, someone is bound to be putting one on near you!

Across the Years 24, 48, or 72 hour
Date: December 29
Location: Glendale, Arizona
This is as unique of a race as they come. There are three available options. Runners have 24, 48, or 72 hours to cover as much distance as possible on a 1.0498 mile primarily gravel path. Cross over into a new year in style!

Last Chance Marathon / Half Marathon
Date: December 31
Location: Bellingham, Washington
A very reasonably priced $40 entry fee, an out and back course, and it being one of the last chances to run a 2012 marathon makes this a great way to finish out the year!

Arrowhead 135
Date: January 26
Location: Northern Minnesota
This epic ultra marathon is a point to point run, bike, or ski race on the Arrowhead State Trail. This race actually loses money because of the donations they give to multiple groups and charities. Make your year a real challenge and attempt the Badwater World Cup. The Arrowhead race is in the snow, the Badwater 135 is in the desert, and the Brazil 135 takes place in the mountains!

Ultramaraton Caballo Blanco
Date: February 27th
Location: Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico
This is a popular destination race for fans of the late Caballo Blanco or of the Born to Run book. Aside from the fantastic course and location, the race benefits the local native community.

What are some of your favorite winter races?

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  • By kyle.kranz

    I have at least two Christmas 5k's I'm planning on running next month Kyndra! The cold will just be motivation to run faster and get back into the warmth!

  • My next race is a Jingle Bell 5k on Dec 15th

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