Holiday Fun Runs


Lace up your running shoes and tie them with some jingle bells! Ready to run for the holidays? There are plenty of season-theme holiday runs in Austin, including kid-friendly fun runs with holiday celebrations following the main event. You may even see Santa or catch the Gingerbread Man!

Thursday November 23rd

Cedar Park Turkey Day 5K 

9:00 am

Cedar Park. This is a Family Fun event close to your home and the right distance for you and your family to come out have a great time and make home in time for Turkey.  The course rolling hills but fast!

Drippin’ with Thanks 5K

8:00 am

Austin. On November 23rd we will be having the 3rd Annual Dripping Springs Thanksgiving Day 5k race in Highpointe! All proceeds will be donated to local families in need.  This race is organized and run by a few of our Dripping Springs students and their families trying to give back to our community.  

Pfeathered PFun Run 

8:00 am

Pflugerville. What better way to get your Thanksgiving Day started than with a great energy-raising run? Well, how about a Thanksgiving Day run that also supports local food pantries?

The Pfeathered Pfun Runs take place Thanksgiving Day. Choose to run either a 5K or 10K, depending upon how hungry you want to be for dinner. For the younger runners, we also offer a Little Trotters Kids’ K.

Each year since the inaugural event in 2014, this event has grown in popularity. We celebrate each finisher with medals, t-shirts and lots of pumped-up cheering! We are very excited to present this event in 2017.

Inaugural Round Rock Turkey Trot

8:00 am

Fleet Feet Sports and the City of Round Rock are excited to be hosting the inaugural Round Rock Turkey Trot. Challenge your family, friends, and co-workers to come out and run on the roads and trails through the scenic and historic Old Settlers Park. The race will feature an untimed 5 mile and 2 mile run/walk (both starting at 8 AM). There will be sponsor booths, refreshments, prizes, and giveaways. This is a family-friendly race. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Both courses stay on paved paths. So put your turkey in the oven and join us for a fun Thanksgiving morning. 

Proceeds will be shared between The Round Rock Serving Center, Operation Blue Santa, and the Backpack Coalition. We will be collecting non-perishable items for the Round Rock Serving Center and new toys for Operation Blue Santa.

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

8:45 am

Austin. ThunderCloud Subs, Austin’s favorite neighborhood sub shop, held its first Turkey Trot in 1991. The ThunderCloud Sub Turkey Trot has since become a favorite Thanksgiving tradition for many Austin families and individuals who want to do something healthy and helpful before the big meal.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot go directly to Caritas of Austin—a nonprofit organization that provides housing, employment, education, and food services to more than 20,000 homeless, working poor, and documented refugees in Travis County.

5TH Annual Turkey Trot

8:00 am

Georgetown. On Thanksgiving Day, challenge your family, friends, and co-workers to come out and run on the roads and trails in Georgetown that starts and finishes in beautiful Downtown Georgetown Square. The race will feature an untimed 5 mile run/walk and 1 mile walk (both starting at 8a.m.), sponsor booths, and tons of fun! Fun course is ideal for the walker to the competitive runner and everything in between. Great for strollers too! There will be a free Kids’ Fun Run, too.

Sunday, November 26th

Round Rock Rotary Reindeer Run 

4:00 pm

Round Rock. The Rotary Club of Round Rock Sunrise and the Round Rock Parks and Recreation present the eighth annual Reindeer Run. By participating in a 5K family fun run, you will be helping to raise funds for the maintenance, improvement and expansion of the Play for All Abilities Park in Round Rock for children with cognitive or physical challenges. The Play for All Abilities Park opened in March 2012, and use of the park has been beyond our expectations.

Saturday, December 2nd

2016 Trail of Lights Fun Run 

6:30 pm

The Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run. Where Fitness Gets Festive. Grab your Santa hats and costumes! Get active while enjoying a sneak peek of Austin’s favorite holiday celebration!

This 2.1 mile fun run begins at the Zilker Tree and ends at the historic Yule Log in the middle of the Austin Trail of Lights. Run through a sea of Santas and elves as you enjoy the lighted tunnels and displays. “Recover” the Austin way at our Finish Line Festival – featuring DJ entertainment and dance party, fitness expo, fun activities, food trucks, drinks and more! 

Austin Heroes 6K

8:00 am

The Austin Heroes race is a unique 6K run/walk presented by Awakenings Recoveryand  Foundations Recovery Network. Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research.

Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and a Heroes 6K* celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. The six kilometers also represent the six letters in the word HEROES.

Mosaic Trail Run

A community running event right on the outskirts of Austin, TX, at a historic Texas landmark ranch.  Mosaic Trail Run was designed to bring people together for a common goal of being united in beautiful scenery, and having adventures together.  Host to a children’s trail run of 1 and 2 miles; the Texas Trail State Championships for Middle School and High School; and regular open 5k, 10k, 15k, and 13.1 mi races.  Liberty Hill, TX.  Indian Mound Ranch.

Old Town Rudolph Run 5K

10:00 am

Leander. The 2nd annual Old Town Rudolph Run 5K takes place in Old Town Leander. This chip timed event starts in the Heart of Old Town and tours through the streets of Leander. The course is flat and fast with no hills or rough terrain. The post-race festival will include children’s activities, food trailers, entertainment, & Santa. This 5K will have limited participation, so sign up early to ensure you can join us for this exciting event.

The Circus – McKinney Roughs Trail Runs/Relay

6:00 am (first race)

Austin. Spectrum Trail Racing is a high caliber series of trail running races across Texas. Expect beautiful courses, an amazing community, and a stellar after party, full of local flare. We will have plenty to do to keep you entertained at the start/finish while you wait. Bring a tent, chairs, coolers, etc. We will have live music, over a dozen vendors, and small challenges (think: hand stand competition, ladder ball brackets, beer can stacking challenge and on…)

Sunday, December 3rd

Fit Fox 5K 

10:00 am

Bee Caves. Join us at 10:00 a.m. for the Fit Fox 5K Jingle Bell Run, presented by the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce! This year’s race will benefit the Lake Travis Education Foundation.

Saturday, December 9th

Cedar Park Santa Dash 5K & Kids Santa Sprint 

9:00 am

Cedar Park. Come support Vista Ridge Cross Country and Student Charities LISD Backpack “Food for Friends” Program as we host the 4th annual Cedar Park Santa Dash (formely the Cedar Park Jingle Bell 5K). All proceeds directly benefit the Vista Ridge Cross Country Team and families in need right here in Leander ISD. There are Santa Dash 5K, Kids Santa Sprint, and Santa’s Helper (Virtual Runner) options!

The Sights & Sounds of Christmas 5K and 1k Jingle Bell Run

9:00 am

San Marcos. The Sights & Sounds of Christmas 5K and 1k Jingle Bell Run will be held Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am. The course will showcase the beautiful downtown and Historic District of San Marcos. “Course Cert”: # TX15108ETM.  The race will begin and finish at the San Marcos Plaza Park.  Chip timing will be used and Christmas music will be enjoyed along the 5K route!  

The Girls on the Run Austin Fall 2017 5k

8:00 am

Austin. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Sunday, December 10th

ARC Decker Challenge

8:00 am

Austin. Come join us on Sunday, December 10th at 8 AM for the 2017 running of this classic Austin race around beautiful Decker Lake in east Austin. Each registrant receives a technical race shirt and each finisher receives a highly-coveted Decker Challenge finisher’s medal! Net proceeds from the Distance Challenge will benefit The Trail Foundation.

Austin Jingle Bell 5K

7:45 am

Austin. Calling all runners (and walkers) near and far! It’s time to kick off the holiday season with the 20th Annual Austin Jingle Bell 5K!!! Join us on December 10th 2017 @ The Domain, Rain or Shine! Partake in the Holiday festivities that kick off at 8 am including a Chip Timed 5K and a Kids’ Fun Run!!! Please arrive and be ready to go at 7:45 am! Experience the family fun with Santa hats, jingle bells, and hanging out with Santa! The first 1,000 registrants are guaranteed our newly designed event athletic shirt that wicks away the sweat! The top 3 runners in each of the divisions will receive a medal based on their finish! All kids 12 and under will receive their very own participation medal! Don’t delay and register your family today!

Sunday, December 31st

Rockin Resolution Race

9:00 am

Round Rock. A race perfect for anyone, whether you walk or run, or are six or sixty years old…the scenic course is beautiful with smooth surfaces and minimal turns. Throughout the race there will be New Year’s themed festivities for a truly fun, unique race experience. The race location is easily accessed and there is ample parking for participants and visitors.

Following the races, there is a family-friendly celebration with music, food, drinks, kid’s activities, and more…something fun for everyone. Register today, and come join us as we run and walk into this New Year on the right foot!

Sunday, January 8th

Resolution Day Austin 5K


Austin. This is a family friendly race at Camp Mabry. We have a 5K, Kids K to choose from. Each Kids K finisher will receive a award for finishing.  Each 5K Athlete will receive a custom T-Shirt, Swag bag, Post Race Celebration.