Holidays from A-Z

Thank you to Phoenix Magazine for featuring in their December issue, which highlights everything you can do in Arizona from A - Z this holiday season.  

Adding to our list of fun Holiday Running 5K, 10K and more! Turns out, there's even more thigs to do while wearing your UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER!!!

As in: How many can you run? December is prime time for Arizona pavement hounds, with 5K, 10K and long-distance races almost every day of the month. Here are our picks in several categories:

Fun Run
AZ Santa Run 2016 on December 10
Dress up like Santa and run/walk the 5K course or 1-mile fun run through Victory Lane Sports Park in Glendale. The $65 registration fee ($35 for children 12 and younger) includes a swag bag with a complete Santa suit. Proceeds benefit Arizona Knowledge, Empowerment and Advocacy Group, a nonprofit founded to help the parents of special-needs kids navigate state support programs.

Angels on Patrol on December 3
Proceeds from this 5K run/walk in Tempe benefit the namesake organization, which provides food, shelter, clothing and other assistance to needy families referred to them by Valley police officers. $30 registration.

Hope Conquers All on December 3
Kick off the December race season with this 5K/10K race at Arizona Falls in the Arcadia area of east Phoenix. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $45 for the 10K; $25 for the 5K.

Long Distance
McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail
Runs on December 3
The Valley race season is replete with marathon and half-marathon road races. For something unique, sign up for a trail race at McDowell Mountain, staged at distances ranging from 5 to 50 miles. Includes a charity beer garden programmed by the Valley’s Huss Brewing Co.

Wild Card
Midnight Madness Run
on December 31
Want to brag that you did the Valley’s first 5K of 2017? Getting blasted on rum and Cokes at your neighbor’s block party holds little appeal? Ring in 2017 on your Nikes with the 27th running of this midnight race series, with one race before New Year’s and one after, and a sparkling cider toast in between. Starts at Rose Mofford Park in west Phoenix.