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Holiday-themed races around the country

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‘Tis the season for jingle bell runs, santa runs, and new year’s resolution runs of all kinds, and they’re happening all across Canada right now. It’s a great way to start winter running, if you haven’t done it before–all that cameraderie is infectious. Here’s a brief sampling of seasonal races to get you inspired to brave the cold this holiday season.

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East Coast

Scrooges Scramble 5K Christmas Day, December 25 @ 10:30 a.m. Moncton, N.B. Chalk up a race after opening presents and before stuffing the turkey (and yourself). Awards and trophies for first, second and third male and female overall.

Boxing Day Fun Run December 26 @ 10:30 a.m. St. John’s, Nfld. 2K and 4K. This race has been going since 1974.

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Resolution Run Running Room hosts Resolution Runs in every province in Canada on either December 30, December 31 or January 1. Click here to find out times and register in your city. East Coast locations include Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, St. John’s and Charlottetown. A RR jacket is included with registration.

Miramichi Rocky Blackmore Fun 5K January 1, 10 a.m. Miramichi, N.B.

parkrun Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Various locations. 5K timed run. For more info click here.

Quebec & Ontario

Boxing Day 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run/Walk December 26, 12 noon. Hamilton. This race, run out of the downtown YMCA, dates back to 1920 and always attracts a competitive field.

Resolution Run Running Room hosts Resolution Runs in every province in Canada on either December 30, December 31 or January 1. Click here to find out times and register in your city. Montreal and multiple locations across Ontario.

Midnite Run December 31, 10:30 p.m. Toronto. 5K run or walk through Liberty Village, with beer, champagne, hot food, a long-sleeve technical shirt and post-race party.

Snowflake Series Race 3 January 1, 10 a.m. Orillia, Ont. 5K, 10K.

Hair of the Dog Fun Run January 1, 10:30 a.m. Toronto. 9K run/3K walk along Toronto’s beach boardwalk and lakeshore. Registration includes a hot lunch.

parkrun Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Various locations. 5K timed run. For more info click here.

 

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Western Canada

Oh Run All Ye Faithful December 22, 8:30 a.m. Burnaby. Various options from 4.2K to a half-marathon.

Resolution Run Running Room hosts Resolution Runs in every province in Canada on either December 30, December 31 or January 1. Click here to find out times and register in your city. Western Canada locations include Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, Port Coquitlam, Victoria and Vancouver.

Run Through Time December 31, 6 p.m. Victoria. 5K run, 3K walk.

parkun Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Various locations. 5K timed run. For more info click here.