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Let’s start by being clear—we are talking about a holiday HALF marathon. While we eagerly anticipate the many holiday feasts before us, the idea of strenuous physical activity can leave us feeling proactively nauseous. It’s not all side aches and shin splints, however.

A holiday half marathon is a great way to prep that appetite for the subsequent holiday feast. That’s the obvious benefit. Oftentimes, though, a holiday half marathon is put on for a cause and is a great way to benefit various organizations in time for the holiday season.

Embrace the festivities, show off your holiday spirit, and ring in the new year by putting your fitness to the test. Colorado has lots of races to choose from. Here are a few to consider for your holidays in Colorado.

Selecting Your Half Marathon

A half marathon is a road race that amounts to a little over 13 miles in distance. This race began its growth in popularity in the 1950s and has grown to be quite a competitive event. (WorldAthletics) Millions of people compete in thousands of half-marathons each year, though many run more casually in pursuit of a sense of accomplishment. No matter your ambitions, there’s a holiday half marathon for you this season.

All-Out Kooky-Spooky Half Marathon | Golden, CO

If the name wasn’t clear enough, this Colorado holiday half marathon is in celebration of Halloween. The 9th annual All-Out Kooky-Spooky Half Marathon takes place on October 30th in Golden, Colorado. Aside from the thrill of the competition, contestants are invited to take part in a costume contest. (imagine: spiderman and Elvis leaning in to cross the finish line first)

This race is open to wheelchairs and baby strollers, but be warned, a portion of the course is unpaved. Donations will be collected and matched to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Be sure to stick around after the race for breakfast burritos and the unveiling of the costume-contest victors.

Mainly Marathons Southwest Series Half Marathon | Durango, CO

The second leg of the Southwest Series Marathon by Mainly Marathons takes place in Durango, Colorado, on November 7th. Priding themselves on being slightly “loony,” the six-leg event takes place over six consecutive days in different cities in the southwestern United States. Participants who dare to run all six events will be awarded a special “loonatic” medal and will undoubtedly take a very long nap.

This holiday half marathon will consist of five laps along the Riverwalk Trail. First aid and running fuel in the form of jelly beans, among other options, will be available at a centrally-located giant “aid station.” Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but unfortunately, pets must stay home.

All-Out Fa La La Half Marathon | Westminster, CO

All elves and winter wonderland princesses are welcome to run in this Colorado holiday half marathon. Scheduled for December 3rd in Westminster, Colorado, it’s anyone’s guess if this race will be in the snow. Against the backdrop of Colorado’s majestic flat irons, this is the perfect race to work off those Thanksgiving el bees.

The 11th annual All-Out Fa La La Half Marathon is an out-and-back race run along the Big Dry Creek Trail. Donations will be collected and matched to benefit A Precious Child, an organization committed to providing opportunities for Colorado children. As with other All-Out events, stick around for breakfast and awards after the race.

Resolution Run 5K | Fort Collins, CO.

Don’t just leave 2022 behind, run from it. The 38th annual Resolution Run 5K takes place this year on December 31st in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is a perfect way to get a head start on those New Year’s fitness resolutions. Dress appropriately! This race begins after sunset, and the chill can be particularly sharp in Northern Colorado.

Running at night comes with a set of particular challenges — watch for cars, wear reflective gear, and leave those headphones behind. Dogs, kids, strollers, and walkers are welcome to participate, and glowsticks will be given out by the bucket. Registration is limited — for safety reasons — so register soon!

Spice Up Your Traditions with a Holiday Half Marathon

It’s never too late to take up a new hobby. Completing that holiday half marathon you’ve been training for is sure to leave you feeling incredibly satisfied and accomplished. You may find yourself quickly searching for the next available race!

Besides running for fun, Colorado has loads of worthwhile activities that make being a Coloradan extraordinary — and we’ve got all the tips. Check out our blog for more insider guidance on making the most out of your time in Colorado, whether visiting or relocating.

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