Whether you’re a serious runner, or just want to have some fun with a festive walk, there are so many Thanksgiving Turkey Trots and and Festive Christmas Run/Walks around Columbus. Gather your friends, some festive gear and lace up your running or walking shoes! Most of these races have great swag bags, and are for great causes, so pick your favorite or do a couple! You won’t have to wait until the New Year to start on a fitness resolution!
Christmas Themed Races
Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.
WHERE: Creekside Gahanna
GOODIE BAG: Santa Race 5K participants get a medal, holiday hat, and a long sleeve t-shirt.
KIDS RUN: Little Reindeer Dash for ages 6 and under at 9 a.m. ($18); kids will get a colorful youth shirt, a finishers ribbon and a one of a kind gift.
Jingle Bell Run or Walk
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Genoa Park, 303 W Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
GOODIE BAG: Long sleeve t-shirt, jingle bells, bib (chipped for runners, unchipped for walkers), 1 Jim Beam JBR signature drink or 1 hot coco, coffee, juice, and muffins from First Watch and a Pizza Finish Line from Papa John’s Pizza, meet and greet with Santa and some of his friends, endless fun (until noon)!
KIDS RUN: Kids Snowflake Dash is $20 at 9:45 a.m.
NC4K Reindeer Run 5K
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH US 43068
GOODIE BAG: Holiday music, giveaways, free t-shirts and hot chocolate.
KIDS RUN: Kids Fun Run is at 8:45 a.m. The Kids Fun Run is the length of a parking lot. Treats awarded to all Kids in Kids Fun Run.
Hot Chocolate & Eggnog 5k, 10k & Kids FUN Run
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018, Kids Run – 11:00am, 5k/10k – 11:05am
WHERE: Westerville Sports Complex (Near Community Center), 325 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082
COST: $25-$45; based on registration date
GOODIE BAG: Every participant will receive a long sleeve race shirt, custom race bib, chip timed results, finisher photos, hot chocolate, eggnog, food and more! Wear the ugliest sweater, shirt or jacket that you can find and come out and drink some hot chocolate and egg nog! We will be having a food drive to support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank so bring some canned goods (encouraged but not required)! A list of most needed items are near the bottom of the page.
KIDS RUN: $5-$15, or free without a tshirt.
Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes 5k/1 mile
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at noon
WHERE: McFerson Commons/Arch Park 218 West Street, Columbus, OH 43215
COST: $30-$35. Speedos are encouraged, but not mandatory. Get into the fun with your festive holiday wear!
GOODIE BAG: Event registration includes a fleece headband, race timing, post-run beer provided by Sam Adams of Columbus
(for our friends 21+).
Pre/Post-Run Original Party: The Three-Legged Mare, the party that you love filled with music and fun. Best Dressed Dasher Contests!
Pre/Post-Run Family Fun Fest: Boston’s Pizza, Special activities and offerings for our younger Dashers!
Dublin Snowflake 5K
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Dublin Community Rec Center, 5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH US 43016
GOODIE BAG: All finsihers receiving a custom beverage mug and long sleeved sweatshirt to celebrate their accomplishment!
Run Santa Run
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Easton Town Center, 3975 Townsfair Way, Columbus, Ohio 43219
GOODIE BAG: Finisher Medal, Super Soft Santa race tee shirt ($25 value), Santa hat, Hot chocolate, Cookies, 1 Free Draft beer
at Bar Louie (21+)
Rudolph 5K Run/Walk hosted by Westerville Lions Club
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The race begins and ends on State St (State Route 3) just south of County Line Rd near St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville
GOODIE BAG: Registration for this event includes a keepsake event t-shirt printed by Rising Moon Custom Apparel. In addition to the t-shirt, the first 200 registrants to pick up will receive a Buy-One-Get-One-Free card from Chipotle. After the race refresh yourself with water and snacks courtesy of Costco, slices of Papa John’s Pizza and other food and snacks.
The 2018 Westerville Lions Rudolph Run/Walk 5K is a family-encouraged 5K event which kicks off the Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade that starts immediately after the last participant makes the halfway turn
Freeze Your Fanny 5k and 10k
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Sharon Woods Metro Park located at 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, Ohio 43081
GOODIE BAG: All participants will receive a colorful sweat shirt, finish line beverage mug, chip timing with post race food and drink!
Ugly Sweater Run 5k
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington, OH US 43147
COST: $35 – wear an ugly sweater!
GOODIE BAG: Finishers Medal, t-shirts, cookies and hot chocolate
KIDS RUN: Kids Fun Run $15 at noon
Run the Lights!
This is your unique opportunity to run the light show at the Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights! This is our 1st annual run and it’s like no other run (or walk)! Get to see all the lights in this very special experience. This is the only public run through the light show – normally only cars are permitted through it.
WHEN: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 5 am – 6 am
WHERE: Alum Creek State Park / Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, 3311 S Old State Rd 43212, Delaware, OH 43015
OPTIONS: 1, 1.5 or 2 miles, 5k Run or walk
GOODIE BAG: Race T-shirt (Must register by 12/12 to gaurantee to recieve shirt), Free Chipotle Kids Meal, Free skating pass to Skate Zone 71, Cup of hot chocolate at the finish line!, Special finishers mug for the first 100 in each the 1/1.5 mile and the 5k run
Be the LIGHT 5K 2019
WHEN: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Gahanna Golf Course Clubhouse, 220 Olde Ridenour Road, Gahanna, OH US 43230
COST: $30-$45; Please collect and bring any new or gently used shoes to donate. We will be packaging lunches for the homeless. You can come early, stay after or have someone pack them for you but a portion of your registration will go towards feeding the homeless in Columbus.
GOODIE BAG: Shirt, medal, surprise ‘bling’, post-race snack.
Past holiday races for 2018
Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Arena District, Columbus, Ohio
COST: $49-$54 for 5K, $69-$74 for 10K
GOODIE BAG: Finishers get an official Hot Chocolate medal and the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k goodie bag featuring a full-zip jacket with a hood. Need a boost during the race? There are sweet stations along the course! The sweet stations will include marshmallows, chocolate chips and M&Ms to enjoy along your way. You’ll also enjoy hot chocolate (of course), chocolate, and other goodies after the race.
Turkey Trots around Columbus
Powell Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, November 22 at 8:30 a.m. 4 Miler Turkey Trot
WHERE: Village Green Park
GOODIE BAG: Each participant ages 21 and over will receive a super soft finishers shirt, race medal, a beer from Sideswipe Brewing to take home (21 and over only), or custom socks
KIDS RUN: Wobble ‘Till You Gobble Kids 1/4 mile fun run at 8 a.m. for $10. Participants get a race bib and shirt at packet pickup, a finisher medal, and snack upon completion of the race.
Flying Feather Four Miler
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9 am
WHERE: The Club at Corazón, Dublin, Ohio
GOODIE BAG: All runners and walkers 21 and over receive a race shirt, finisher’s medal, hat, gloves, and a bottle of Villa Pozzi Wine for the Thanksgiving Table or bottle of non-alcoholic Sparkling Juice.
KIDS RUN: Kids Gobbler Chase (less than 1/4 mile) starts at 8:30 for kids 10 and under ($10). All participants in the Kids’ Gobbler Chase receive a race shirt, finisher’s medal, and a Hog Mollies book courtesy of the Second & 7 Foundation!
Chase Columbus Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9 a.m. for 5 Miler and 9:10 am for 2 Mile Walk n’ Talk
WHERE: Shops on Lane Avenue located at 1675 W Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington
GOODIE BAG: Every participant of the 5 miles and 2 miles receive a pumpkin pie, finisher’s medal, and a ¾ zip, long sleeve, technical shirt with the race logo.
KIDS RUN: Tot Trot: 8:30am. Tot Trot is just $5 and all kids get a custom shirt, a finisher medal and a finish line treat!
New Albany Thanksforgiving 4 Miler and kids run
WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 at 8:30 am
WHERE: Market Square in New Albany
COST: NO OFFICIAL FEE! You can give as much or as little as you want. Our goal is to feed as many families in Central Ohio as we can – and you can help. You can help by running our race, spreading the word, and by making a donation. You decide on the donation – and how many meals you want to provide. They are also collecting canned goods.
GOODIE BAG: Each Thanksforgiving 4 Miler registration donation of $20 or more comes with an super nice participant shirt.
KIDS RUN: 200 meter dash at 8:15 a.m. Participants receive a medal
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018
WHERE: Lamplighter Drive, Grove City, OH US 43123
COST: $30-$40 for the 5k and the Rotisserie Roll, discounts for under 13 and over 60, and group entries
BIKE RIDE: Rotisserie Roll 12 Mile Bicycle Ride Around Grove City. Controlled Group Ride with Police Bike Support. Start to be approximately 12 minutes earlier than Wattle 5K. Finish is to be near end of Wattle so as to minimize interference with Wattle walkers.
GOODIE BAG: 5K Runner and walker finishers get long sleeve t-shirts, chip timing, medals, pumpkin pies and finish line refreshments
KIDS RUN: 700 Yard Primrose Children’s Run For the Pantry 8:30am Start Time: $15.00; Age 10& Under: All Children chase a mascot (or two), receive a T-shirt, Cookie, Juice, Happy Meal coupon, and a medal. 100% of Primrose Children’s Run Proceeds will benefit the Grove City Food Pantry.
ADAPTIVE EVENT: Turkey Leg 100 8:40 am Start Time; $15; For Disabled Athletes and their Aides; No Age restrictions. On Line Entry cost is $15. This covers the normal 5K Swag: a Long Sleeve T Shirt, a race ID Bib (no chip), a Medal, a Pumpkin Pie, and Finish Line Area refreshments.
The Delaware Turkey Trot 5K & Kid’s Fun Run
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 8:40 am
WHERE: Held behind Office Max/Kohl’s, in Delaware
GOODIE BAG: Long-sleeved t-shirt, and custom Turkey Trot socks (socks limited quantity), and every finisher receives a pumpkin pie.
KIDS RUN: Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. for kids ages 8 and under (2 ages groups; 4 and under, and 5-8). Goodie bag for kids includes a race number, a ribbon, and a t-shirt. Registration is $10-$15.
Honda Federal Credit Union Pumpkin Dash 5k
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9 am
WHERE: 215 W.5th Street, Marysville, OH US 43040
GOODIE BAG: 5k participants receive Long Sleeve Tech Shirts, Chip Timing, Beautiful, Custom 3-Inch Finishers Medals
KIDS RUN: Little Pumpkin Dashers is free for ages 1-6.
Groveport Gobble Gallop 5K
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 8:30 am
WHERE: Groveport Recreation Center. 5k run/walk on all paved sidewalks and trails, except for a small gravel section
COST: $25-$30 for adults, $10-$15 for kids ages 8-14. Under age 8 run free with parents, but no timing or prizes.
GOODIE BAG: Unknown
Circleville Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9 am. Fun 5k run/walk to raise money for Pickaway United Pantries through PICCA.
WHERE: St. Philip’s Church in Circleville
GOODIE BAG: The first 400 to sign up receive a race day shirt, and there will be food and drink after the race.
Leftover Run 5K
WHEN: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd, Dublin
GOODIE BAG: It’s leftover time! There are leftover race numbers, race shirts, and medals from events over the past few years. When you arrive you’ll get your choice of a race shirt in your preferred size. When you finish, you’ll get your choice of a medal. We’ll be donating some of the extra shirts after the Leftover Run to this great local organization. In addition to the donation of the extra race shirts, we’re asking you to help make a great donation to Goodwill Columbus by bringing any donatable clothing to the event that we’ll then include with the donation to help those in need.
Columbus Hungry Turkey Run 5k/10k
WHEN: Saturday, November 25, 2018 at 8:45 a.m.
WHERE: Genoa Park, 333 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
COST: $37-$50 for 5k, $45-$75 for 10k
GOODIE BAG: Premium long sleeve race shirt, medal, and finish line cinnamon rolls
KIDS RUN: 8:30 a.m. Kids Dash finisher award to all Kids Dash participants.
Pie Gobbler Best Friends 10K Relay and Ninja 10K
WHEN: Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 8:30 am
WHERE: Alum Creek Below Dam, 5905 Lewis Center Rd, Galena, OH US 43021
10K Relay: $50.00 ($25/person)
10K Relay Relay Race Day Price: $60.00 ($30.00/person)
10K Single person event: $40.00
10K Race Day Price: $50.00
OPTIONS: US Road Running is holding a 10K Relay Race. The course is an out and back. Each person runs/walks .52 miles out and .52 miles back to the start and switch off with your best friend. Each person runs/walks a total of 3.2 miles. This total as a team is 6.2 miles.
10K single event for the Ninja Medal.
GOODIE BAG: Finisher medal for for every runner/walker. Assorted Food and Refreshments after the Race. No shirts will be provided to keep costs down.