O’Fallon | Oct. 14
Pick your pace and enjoy a fall run through the city streets of O’Fallon at the O'Fallon Fall Run. Participants who dress up as a pirate and wear the costume for the duration of the race will be eligible for prizes.
Washington | Oct. 20
The Halloween 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is part of the monthly spirit series runs sponsored by the Four Rivers Area YMCA. Post-race activities include chili, cider, popcorn and a Family Fun Night Trunk or Treat.
The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race
St. Louis | Oct. 22
Approximately 5,000 runners and walkers are expected to sign up for this year’s Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race, which includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, or 1-mile fun run/walk option. All participants are encouraged to dress up in costume. Post-race treats and medals are awarded to everyone. Prizes are awarded to the overall first, second and third place finishers of the 10K and half marathon. Watch out for trick-or-treaters and the Zombie Zone!
Crestwood | Oct. 28
The Kiwanis Fun Run/Walk 1/2-mile trail run winds through the scenic wooded trails and fields of Whitecliffe Park. Due to limited space, only 350 runners will be registered. Prizes will be awarded for best times and for best costumes.
Gateway Cupcake 5K
St. Louis | Nov. 4
For those who want to eat their cake and burn off calories too, the Gateway Cupcake 5K may just be the race for you. Runners will have the opportunity to deduct three minutes off their race time for each cupcake they consume. The race will include five cupcake stations. Runners may eat one cupcake per station for a total deduction of 15 minutes. Cupcakes will be provided by McArthurs Bakery. Top finishers who manage to outrun the temptation will also be awarded.
The average person consumes between 2,500 and 4,000 calories at a typical Thanksgiving feast. Those hoping to burn a few calories to make room for some extra pumpkin pie will have multiple opportunities to race Thanksgiving morning. However, if you’re hoping to make up for the entire day, you may have to sign up for both of the races on this list.
Thursday, Nov. 23:
The Hungry Turkey, St. Louis, 7:30 a.m.
Chesterfield Turkey Trot, Chesterfield, 8:30 a.m.
Run, run, reindeer
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Maryland Heights | Nov. 19
If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season, jingle all the way through the Jingle Bell Run 5K, which invites runners to wear festive attire and jingle bells on their shoes. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation.
Santas on the Loose
Webster Groves | Dec. 2
Hundreds of Santas will invade Webster Groves for Santas on the Loose. There's also an Elves 100-yard dash for kids under the age of 11.
Santa’s North Pole Dash and Children’s Snowman Shuffle
St. Charles | Dec. 2
Participants in Santa’s North Pole Dash and the Children’s Snowman Shuffle will receive a Santa hat and beard to wear during the race. Post-race fun in Frontier Park includes hot chocolate and hot coffee.
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
St. Louis | Dec. 10
The Hot Chocolate race through downtown St. Louis treats runners to sweet rewards at the finish line. The race post-party includes a take-home mug filled with chocolate fondue with dippers and, of course, hot chocolate. Those who complete the 15K will receive a unique chocolate medal.
‘Running’ in the New Year
Ellisville | Jan. 1, 2018
If your New Year’s Resolution is always to get more exercise, don’t waste a moment and sign up for the Commitment Day 5K Run/Walk. This family-friendly event (kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult) is held in cities across the country. If your New Year’s resolution was to get more sleep, don’t worry, the 10 a.m. start time for this race will allow you to get a little extra shut eye on this holiday morning, too.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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