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Turkey trot and jingle bell fun run bring healthy tidings to all

By foot, by snowshoe, by ski, by wheels: A feast of winter fun runs, activities to celebrate the season.

 

Tis the season for snow, ice, wind, and a bevy of fun runs that will warm the bodies, brains and holidays of families and the littlest elves.

The Skinny Raven Turkey Trot gives kids of all ages a chance to put the burners on before feasting on holiday meals. The midmorning run on the Anchorage Park Strip takes place on Thanksgiving, November 28, with a one-lap 2.5K loop for kids 10 and under, plus a 5K run for kids of all-ages.
 
Winners in each age class will win a pie, and proceeds from the registration fees will benefit the Team Alaska Track Club and The Food Bank of Alaska. Food donations will also be accepted.
 
Other kid-friendly activities include the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K on Saturday, December 14, at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The event starts with a costume contest at 10 a.m. and warm-ups at 10:15. Children 10 years and younger can run with the elves at 10:55 a.m., or go with the rest of the racers at 11:15 a.m. Santa will make an appearance, and there will be face painting, a magician, and much more.
 
Joggers in Fairbanks can bring in the New Year by starting a 3-miler at 11:30 p.m. in 2013, and rolling into 2014 as they cross the finish line. Check out Running Club North for a list of fun and competitive outdoor activities in the Fairbanks area, many of them free.
 
For statewide events, go to the Runners Calendar for a list of triathlons, snowshoe romps, fun runs, foot races and other outdoor activities.