Festive holiday runs to get your yule on this month

Sleighbells ring, are you listening? On your run, the snow is glistening. It’s a beautiful day, we’re happy to run in a winter wonderland. 

Okay, it’s not exactly an instant classic, but you get the idea. This month, there are plenty of opportunities to combine the holiday season with a weekend run. Who doesn’t need a break from the hectic pace and stress this time of year?

Here are a handful of yuletide tromps in the GTA.

iRun Santa, Burlington, Dec. 7
There is nothing more festive than the site of hundreds of svelte Santas racing down the streets of beautiful Burlington, Ontario. This city on the shores of Lake Ontario is home to Canada’s largest all-Santa Race. Upon entering, each runner gets a Santa suit that they must wear to the race. Anyone not wearing the entire suit, and yes this includes the white beard, is disqualified! This is a great family event and a great way to celebrate the season.


Cameron’s Santa 5K, Oakville, Dec. 8
Another chance to dress up as Santa and go for a run? Why not? This festive 5K is slated for Dec. 8 at Cameron’s Brewing Company in Oakville. So, you know there will be a tasty beverage waiting at the end of this leisurely run. Space is limited to just 75 spots, so do not sleep on this holiday event. 

Santa Shuffle, multiple cities, Dec. 7
This fun run began in Edmonton, Alta 29 years ago as a Salvation Army fundraiser and has expanded across the country. Participants fundraise ahead of the big day then don their best festive attire for either a 5K fun run or 1K elf walk. There are races available in every province including 17 in Ontario. 

Santa Speedo Run, Toronto, Dec. 14
Every year, a hardy brood of runners have some fun for a good cause by trotting about Yorkville for about 3 kilometres dressed only in Speedos (red, white, or green please) and a smile. The Speedo Run is a fundraiser for Sick Kids. The pre- and post-race festivities go down at Hemingways, 142 Cumberland St.


Runaway Elves Fun Run, Toronto, Dec. 14
This 60-minute group run starts and ends at the very festival Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District. Attendees can dress up festively, enjoy the cool weather and a jog with friends and enjoy the Christmas market as a group when finished!


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