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 and Holiday Races and Walks around Columbus. Gather your friends, some festive gear and lace up your running or walking shoes! Most of these holiday 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 Holiday Races around Columbus in December
Jingle Bell Run or Walk
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Genoa Park, 303 W Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
COST: $35 – $50 for 1 mile, untimed 5k, and timed 5k
GOODIE BAG: Long sleeve t-shirt, jingle bells, bib, finish line food and drink, meet and greet with Santa and some of his friends, endless fun (until noon)!
KIDS RUN: Kids Run – Reduced rate for ages 12 & under.
NC4K Reindeer Run 5K
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH US 43068
COST: $25 – $35
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 7, 2019, 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! They are supporting Driven Foundation’s upcoming Holiday Food Outreach 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.
Run Santa Run
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2019 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, Bag, Beard & Gloves, Hot chocolate, Cookies, 1 Free Beer at World of Beer Post-Race
Rudolph 5K Run/Walk hosted by Westerville Lions Club
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2019 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 knitted cap printed by Rising Moon Custom Apparel will be made available for the first 450 people who pick up their packet either during the early packet pickup event or on race day.
The 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.
Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes 5k/1 mile
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at noon
WHERE: Genoa Park (behind COSI), 303 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
COST: $35-$45. Speedos are encouraged, but not mandatory. Get into the fun with your festive holiday wear!
GOODIE BAG: Event registration includes swag, race timing, post-run food buffet and access to post event celebration at Strongwater
Freeze Your Fanny 5k and 10k
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2019 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!
Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.
WHERE: Creekside Gahanna
COST: $20 – $40
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. ($10 – $18); kids will get a colorful youth shirt, a finishers ribbon and a one of a kind gift.
Dublin Snowflake 5K
WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Dublin Community Rec Center, 5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH US 43016
GOODIE BAG: All finishers receive long sleeve sweatshirts, finisher medals, chip timing and awards. Post race holiday goodies and hot chocolate await all runners at the finish line.
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 21, 2019 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: 1.5 or 3 miles
COST: $27-$42, limited on-site parking passes for $10, or ride the free 5 minute shuttle from Olentangy Berlin High School
GOODIE BAG: Race T-shirt (Must register by 12/11 to guarantee to recieve shirt), Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, BOGO to Lazer Kraze, $5 off coupon Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights drive-thru evening experience, Cup of hot chocolate finish, Special finishers mug for the first 100 in each 5AM & 6AM 3 mile run + First 50 for 6AM 1.5 mile run
Be the LIGHT 5K 2020
WHEN: January 1, 2020
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.
Turkey Trots and Holiday Races around Columbus in November
Tiger Turkey Trot 5k & Kids Fun Run
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Pickerington Central High School, 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington, OH US 43147
COST: $35 – wear an ugly sweater!
GOODIE BAG: T-shirts and finish line goodies
KIDS RUN: Kids Fun Run $15 at noon
Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Arena District, Columbus, Ohio
COST: $45-$54 for 5K, $65-$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.
Powell Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2019 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 craft beer 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 28, 2019 at 9 am
WHERE: The Club at Corazón, Dublin, Ohio
GOODIE BAG: All runners and walkers 21 and over receive a full zip hoodie, finisher’s medal, hat, gloves, and a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle 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 28, 2019 at 9 a.m. for 5 Miler and 9:10 am for 2 Miler, and a Tot Trot
WHERE: Shops on Lane Avenue located at 1675 W Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington
COST: $40 for the 5 miler and 2 miler, and $8 for the tot trot
GOODIE BAG: Every participant of the 5 miles and 2 miles receive a pumpkin pie, finisher’s medal, and a long sleeve technical shirt
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 28, 2019 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 awesome vintage tri-blend participant shirt.
KIDS RUN: 200 meter dash at 8:15 a.m. Participants receive a medal
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2019
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. Children will chase mascots; Turkeys and Pilgrims to the finish line. 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 28, 2019 at 8:40 am
WHERE: Held behind Office Max/Kohl’s, in Delaware
COST: $30-$44, depending on date of registration. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Autism Society Central Ohio
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 28, 2019 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 28, 2019 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 28, 2019 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 29, 2019 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 30, 2019 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 donuts
KIDS RUN: 8:30 a.m. Kids Dash finisher award to all Kids Dash participants.