Trying to find ways to stay healthy, give back and do something together as a family? The St. Louis running scene is making it easier than ever to do just that. Whether you are a seasoned runner or have two left feet, check out these best bets for family-friendly running events in the St. Louis area that will get your family's collective heart pumping all while (in most cases) giving back to a good cause.
Undy 5000 l March 23, 2013 Kids will get a kick out of running a 5K in their underwear ... all while supporting colon cancer research and awareness. A one-mile fun run is also an option at this Forest Park race. Get the details.
GO! St. Louis l April 6-7, 2013 Skeptical that a 5K, marathon, and half-marathon race is family-friendly? GO! St. Louis features a weekend of family fitness, including a program that encourages kids to Read, Right, and Run by race day, and a teen program with more than 10 high schools already involved. GO! St. Louis also sponsors a 5K & Fun Run in June as well as the 10K, 5K, and Fun Run around Halloween (dress up to compete in the post-race costume contest). Get the details.
Great Amazing Race l April 7, 2013 If you have seen "The Amazing Race," then you know some of the challenges that await you during this one-mile cross-country competition in Creve Coeur Park. Teams of two participants (one adult and one child) compete against other teams for the chance to move on to the next round. Get the details.
APA Fast and Furriest l April 28, 2013 Why leave man's best friend out of the family fun? Support the Animal Protective Association of Missouri by participating in their fifth annual 5K run or one-mile walk in Tower Grove Park. If you do bring your four-legged friend, make sure his vaccinations are current and he remains on a leash at all times. Get the details.
Make Tracks for the Zoo l May 19, 2013 Kids love animals, and this event, which has courses appropriate for every age group, benefits the animals of the Saint Louis Zoo. Participants receive a free T-shirt, continental breakfast, and fond memories as they race or stroll by the zoo. Get a discount on entry fees until May 3 by using the "KIDS TODAY" code. Get the details.
Macklind Mile l June 29, 2013 It's all downhill for this race on Macklind Avenue that features a kid's quarter-mile dash, a one-mile run specifically designed for friends and family, and a competitive one-miler where elite runners try to break the 4:00.9 race record. Afterward, families can enjoy concert music, sno-cones, a bounce house and more. Get the details.
The Color Run l Sept. 15, 2013 This event has become so popular that it's already sold out this spring (April 27). However, it is coming back to the streets of downtown Sept. 15. The Color Run, which benefits Autism Speaks, is more about enjoying friends and family of varying shapes, sizes, and abilities than it is about competition. Remember to wear white; although you will be sure to leave colorful. Get the details.
Santa's North Pole Dash and Snowman Shuffle l Dec. 14, 2013 Where can you find 3,000 Santas in one place? The North Pole Dash in historic St. Charles, of course. Runners receive a Santa suit to wear during the 5K dash while kids 11 and under can enjoy the quarter-mile Snowman Shuffle. Many stores on Main Street also offer one-day deals for participants. Register early before it sells out. Get the details.
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