Seasonal Feel Good Runs

Two seasonal end of year feel good runs worth signing-up for in the Seattle area are the CATurkey Trot supporting homeless animals and the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk supporting the Arthritis Foundation.

My husband and I have always wanted to start the holiday season off right by doing a Thanksgiving Day 5k but could never bring ourselves to getting up early, or sidelining our other holiday traditions.  But this year, being the feline fanatic I am, there was no way I was going to pass-up the CATurkey Trot 5k–especially after getting a glimpse of the creative shirt they would be passing out, along with the great cause the run supported.

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The inaugural CATurkey Trot was put on by CAT (Covering All Terrain) Running–how clever is that?  Proceeds from the event support local animal welfare agencies such as the Meow Cat Rescue Group.  The event held in Fall City, Washington was on the small side, with just over 60 finishers for both the 5k and 10k races.  Thankfully the race was flat allowing me a 9:19 pace–not great, but I’ll take it considering how slow I’ve become since moving to Washington and running less and not road biking at all.

I would love to see this race grow in size in the years to come.  I believe it needs more advertising in the running community.  In addition, it would be great if they had a donation collection area at the event for the animals similar to the Good Karma race put on locally in the spring.  I wish them success in their up-and-coming runs and will be signing-up for more.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk is in it’s 30th year.  The event gives participants the option to have their race chip timed or not.  Considering some of the crazy holiday costumes, I can see why some would not want to be timed.

The best way to describe the event is a holiday costume parade combined with a 5k run.  Those not in holiday attire are the minority and bells jingling are everywhere.  At one point I thought someone placed bells on my back because they were so loud I could hear them over my iPod.  There are runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels.  Some of the costumes were so creative.  One memorable child was dressed as Cindy Lou Who (hair and all) from the Grinch cartoon.  And what better way to end a race at 10 a.m. then with an ice cold Sam Adams or Hard Cider.  As they say it’s 12 o’clock somewhere.  I’ll definitely be adding this wonderful holiday race to my annual list.

Until next time, wishing you all a wonderful new year.

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