Work Off Holiday Calories at These Fun Runs!

Spread holiday cheer, burn off those extra cookie calories, and raise money for good causes at these San Diego area fun runs!

Red Nose Run: Sign up today for the 24th Annual Red Nose Run Holiday Fun Run! The event includes your choice of a 3k or 5k run along the beautiful Del Mar beach. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded for best costume. December 11. After the race participants will enjoy a jolly after-party at the Poseidon Restaurant with hosted snacks and a cash bar. There will also be opportunity drawings and a live auction with over $5,000 in prizes up for grabs. The Red Nose Run is sponsored annually by the Low and Slow Running Club of Del Mar, which consists of runners of various ages and running abilities, who have been getting together for Saturday morning runs for many years. In 1992, several members started the Run with one charity as beneficiary, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts , which remains one of the two charities the Run benefits today.  Later a second charity, Semper Fi Fund charity, was added to benefit from the Run. Over the years, the number of runners and the amount of contributions each year has grown from 35-40 runners and a few thousand dollars to over 200 runners and $23,121 by 2014. The Run continues to benefit these two deserving non-profit 501(c)(3) charities.  During the past 23 years, Red Nose Run has raised over $243,000 for these two important causes. There is no overhead cost, other than the Run itself. The after-party food is donated by the Poseidon Restaurant. After the expense of the Run, all funds are distributed evenly to these two charities. Friday, December 11. Race starts at 2 p.m.

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race: The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other in San Diego. The event will consist of a series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave. featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave. Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade. All participants into the 5K fun run will receive a free Sunny Santa suit: hat, short sleeve jacket, shorts, belt, and beard (all 1 mile participants will receive a Santa hat). Additionally, all 5K participants will receive a free pair of San Diego Santa Run sunglasses, and one drink ticket (21+). All 1 mile participants will receive a Santa hat, free pair of San Diego Santa Run sunglasses, and one drink ticket (21+). Runners in the competitive wave will qualify for age group and overall awards. The top three men and top three women will earn $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.  For age group awards, they will be given for: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ (male and female categories for all these age groups). Saturday, December 12. 8:30 registration; the first race begins at 10 a.m. Packet pick-up will take place on Friday, December 11th from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., in Pacific Beach in the parking lot of Closet Signature.

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