Do you know how many times I’ve used the excuse on Thanksgiving Day “it’s ok, I ran a race this morning” to help myself to seconds, thirds and an extra slice of pie at Thanksgiving Dinner? 

Same goes for the stuffing my face with Christmas cookies come December!  Luckily, we live in the 20th best city for runners in the entire country so there are plenty of options for us to run/walk off those extra calories before they become the holiday stomach bulge!

I'll see you on the course on Thanksgiving Day in Nampa! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the Christmas themed runs this year, but that shouldn't stop you from checking them out! (Because, be honest with yourself, you want that extra cookie!)

  • November 18th: YMCA Turkey Trot Relay

    Ann Morrison Park

    Taking place a few days before Thanksgiving, this unique race gives you a chance to run for your Thanksgiving turkey! The YMCA Turkey Trot is a 4-person relay where each teammate runs a two mile loop through Ann Morrison Park.  Before the race, you’ll be asked to predict how long it will take the four of you to complete the 8 mile circuit.  The best part?  You don’t have to be the fastest turkeys on the course! The team that comes closet to their predicted time will be crowned the Turkey Trot champion.  Each person on the winning team will receive a free Thanksgiving turkey!

  • November 23: Turkey Day 5K

    Main Street in Downtown Boise

    Better set that DVR for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! Now in it’s 4th year, the Turkey Day 5K attracts almost 3,000 runners and walkers to Downtown Boise on Thanksgiving Morning. The flat and fast 5K helps benefit the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children through food donations from participants, friends and family. You may even see some great Thanksgiving costumes on the streets that day!

  • November 23: Struttin’ for Stuffin’

    Skyview High School, Nampa

    *Michelle Heart's Editors' Choice*

    Call this editors choice!  Struttin’ for Stuffin’ is hands down my favorite Thanksgiving race.  It offers runners and walkers their choice of a half marathon, 10K or 5K distance.  The best part?  You don’t have to be a speedy turkey to go home with some hardware.  Everyone who finishes on Thanksgiving Day receives an adorable (I’m sorry, their turkey logo is probably the cutest turkey I’ve every seen!) 3-4” die cast medal and FREE race photos from the course! I also have it on good authority that the race directors have a professional chef on their staff now, so I’d count on the finish line party being pretty epic! Look for me and my friends from Team Run Boise at this one!

  • December 1st: Candy Cane Stroll

    The Pulse Running Shop, Meridian

    Meridian based running shop, The Pulse, is hosting the Candy Cane Stroll in conjunction with the Meridian Winter Lights Parade! The 1.25 mile fun run sends you down the parade route before the floats.  Make sure you wear an ugly sweater, because race participants who go all out will have a chance to score some great prizes on stage at the finish line!

  • December 9: Reindeer Rumble

    Creekside Bible Fellowship, Downtown Eagle

    This is one that flew under my radar last year, but as a former two mile district champion...they've got my attention now! Held in conjunction with Downtown Eagle's Christmas tree lighting, this second year race sends you on a two mile jolly jaunt through Eagle.  There will be cookies and hot cocoa to warm up with afterward!

  • December 16: Ugly Sweater 5K

    Whittenberger Park, Caldwell

    This is a run my friends from Team Run Boise were talking about over the weekend! I have to take my fiance to the airport at stupid o'clock in the morning that I figured why not? If my injured hip is feeling better I'm down for this 5K! Wear your ugly sweater and get moving to help benefit the Junior Olympics, Nike NXN and FootLocker Cross Country events!

  • December 23: YMCA Christmas Run

    Boise High School, Boise

    *Michelle Heart's Editors' Choice*

    Join 107.9 LITE-FM for the 35th Annual YMCA Christmas Run, starting from Boise High! As a runner, I love this one because it's one of the only races in the Treasure Valley that's NOT on the Boise Greenbelt. The six mile course takes you up a pretty brutal hill but gives you one of the most incredible views of the city as you cross Highland View Drive onto 8th Street. There's also a less challenging 2 mile run and 1 mile reindeer dash. Plus, you'll see the best holiday costumes, carolers, Santa and LITE-FM on the course!

  • December 23: Ho Ho Ho Hustle

    Julia Davis Park, Boise

    To be honest, if your legs are still up to it after the YMCA Christmas's worth doing at least the 5K at Ho Ho Ho Hustle, too! This is the only race in the Treasure Valley that will send a couple hundred Santas running down the Boise Greenbelt.  How do we know that? Because your Santa suit complete with a hat, coat, belt and beard are included with your registration! The first race starts at 1 p.m., so it is possible to do both the YMCA race and Ho Ho Ho Hustle!

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