Holiday Fun Runs

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Lace up your running shoes and tie them with some jingle bells! Ready to run for the holidays? There are plenty of season-theme holiday runs in Austin, including kid-friendly fun runs and especially Virtual Fun Runs!! This years there are so many options to get a great your family running all over town!


Reimers Salmagundi Trail Race

November 13th, 6am

The annual Reimer’s Salmagundi Trail Race takes place at Reimer’s Ranch nestled on the Pedernales River in the Texas Hill Country. Choose your challenge of 5k fun run, 10k, half-marathon, full marathon, or the 50k! With the beautiful overlooks of the Pedernales River, this route is all trail. With a Salmugundi of double track, single track, and jeep trail this race is great for your first trail run or fastest trail run! With friendly volunteers, live bluegrass music, Austin trailer food trucks, and local brew on hand, this will be a race experience you won’t forget!


Cedar Park Turkey Day 5K- Live Event in Person

November 25th, 9am

This is a Family Fun event close to your home and the right distance for you and your family to come out have a great time and make it home in time for Turkey.  The  5K course has some moderate hills and some flat portions. The Shake A Leg  Mile and Kids Mile takes place inside the stadium Loop Road and is free of vehicles coming and going.  The major intersections are handled by Cedar Park Police and you have a full lane all the way around the course.


ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

November 25th, 9:30

Austin. It’s time for the 31st Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot – A Live (and virtual) Event.

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, one of Austin’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions, started in 1991 with just a handful of volunteers and 600 participants. Today it has grown to be the largest 5-mile run in Texas, with more than 700 volunteers and over 20,000 participants from all over the U.S. and beyond. Last year during the Covid shutdown, nearly 7,000 participated in our first-ever virtual event!

Not only is it a great way for families to have fun together on Thanksgiving, but it’s also an event that you can really feel good about being a part of–100% of all proceeds go directly to Caritas of Austin, a non-profit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the Austin community.  To date, the Turkey Trot has raised more than $4.2 million for Caritas.


‘After The Turkey’ Trot 5k Beer Run

November 27th. 11am
Shake off that Thanksgiving meal with a fun run course and great, local beer / seltzer at Willard’s Brewery on 11/27. We are the Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!

Join us at Willard’s Brewery on 11/27 for a 5k fun run course that starts and ends at this awesome taproom in Pflugerville. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

What’s included?! All participants receive:

  • FREE craft brew/seltzer from Willard’s
  • Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
  • Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
  • Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways
  • And more!

We are all about being active, having fun and giving back to our local community. Since our inaugural event (the Brewery Running Series was founded in Minnesota in 2012), we have been able to donate over $250,000 back to local nonprofits. This event will add to that tally! So not only do you get to a little exercise and enjoy a great beer, you are contributing to our awesome community!


2021Trail of Lights Fun Run

November 28th – January 3rd (Virtual)

VIRTUAL FUN RUN – The Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run presented by Saucony, is back for its 10th year! Continue your annual tradition and kick off the holidays with a virtual run from November 27 to December 31, 2021.

Run, jog or stroll 3 miles anywhere between November 27, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Participants can choose to run around our city’s most celebrated landmarks, or a route of your choice. Whatever option you choose, keep it merry & bright!


Real Ale Brewing 5K 

December 4th, 8am

This beer run starts and finishes at the beautiful Real Ale Brewing Co.   Once you’re done running, hit the tasting room to collect your souvenir finisher pint glass and start enjoying some great craft beer!

Your entry includes a custom finisher glass, four 8-oz tastings of Real Ale’s finest, an official race tech shirt, and a well-marked and supported course. Cool awards just for beer lovers go to those who run fast enough (or are lucky enough to win one of our random drawings after the award ceremony!). Also:

  • Free race photos available online after the race.
  • Food trucks available for anyone wishing to purchase tasty food after the run!
  • Stroller friendly course!
  • Dog friendly! (must obey leash laws and pick up after fifi or fido)
  • Music!

Old Town Rudolph Run 5K

December 4th. 9:00 am

Leander. The 6th annual Old Town Rudolph Run 5K takes place in Old Town Leander. This chip timed event starts in the heart of Old Town and tours through the streets of Leander. The course is flat and fast with no hills or rough terrain. This 5K will have limited participation, so sign up early to ensure you can join us for this exciting event.


Mosaic Trail Run – Virtual

December 10th-11th, 6am-1pm start times

All of us are like pieces of a mosaic.  We’re all different sizes, shapes, colors, styles, ages…But when we join together for a common goal, we create a beautiful picture together, a mosaic of fun if you will!
So we created this trail running weekend right here in the outskirts of Austin (in the amazingly rapidly-growing Liberty Hill) to give us an excuse to play together.  All ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and generations are invited to our new trail run at an awesome historic Texas ranch, right next to the city, on the San Gabriel River.  We are especially challenging families to make a common goal to exercise together, to finish a race together, to play in the dirt together, to try something new together, and to come together to help complete this massively fun mosaic with others in our community!


A holiday tradition, the Spicewood Vineyards Half-Marathon & 5K/10k takes you past rolling vineyards and along country roads, then rewards you with a souvenir wine glass, post-race wine tasting and meal, and a medal for all finishers, all at a beautiful, award-winning winery in the Texas Hill Country.

Flat Creek Estate Wine Run 5k

December 11, 9am

Stay motivated this Holiday season and keep moving by joining this Christmas themed race! So sign up today for a beautiful walk/run and don’t forget to have a little wine with your Christmas Cheer!

Join us on Saturday, December 11th, 2021 at 9:00am for an exciting Christmas themed event that features the amazing scenery and landscape of the Flat Creek Estate Winery & Vineyard! Whether you are looking to run, walk or just enjoy the wine this race is a sure thing for a great time and an incredible experience!  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing. Results will be posted at www.J3Timing.com.

Registration Includes:

  • Short Sleeve White T-Shirt (or upgrade to Black Sweatshirt for $10)
  • Wine Tumbler
  • Finisher Medal
  • Race Bib
  • Results Posted Online

Austin Jingle Bell 5K

December 12, 8am

Calling all runners (and walkers) near and far! It’s time to kick off the holiday season with the 26th Annual Austin Jingle Bell 5K!!! Covid-19 has affected everyone and every race including the Austin Jingle Bell 5k. This year, the event will be in person at the Domain but there is still an option to participate virtually.

Join us for the month of December for the festive Austin Jingle Bell 5K and Kids’ Fun Run!!! We are excited to gather in person for the 26th Annual Austin Jingle Bell 5k! We will also continue with a virtual option for everyone to partake in the Holiday tradition where and whenever you can for this year.

Experience the family fun with Santa hats, jingle bells, and hanging out with Santa!

The first 1,000 registrants are guaranteed our newly designed event athletic shirt that wicks away the sweat! The top 3 runners in each of the age divisions will receive a medal based on their finish time! All kids 12 and under will receive their very own participation medal! Don’t delay and register your family today!


43rd Annual Decker Challenge

January 2nd, 7:00 am

Austin. In 1979, the Austin Runners Club organized a race on the roads around Decker Lake in east Austin. The Decker Challenge was born! Today, the Decker Challenge is one of the longest-running races in Austin.

New Event Date, Venue, & Race Distances Announced

We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you an amazing race. Due to closures from the pandemic, we are moving our race venue to COTA (Circuit of the Americas) on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022. We are excited about the opportunity to race on the coveted COTA track and kick off the new year with a one of a kind racing experience!


Jingle Bell 5K

December 4th, 7am

Hosted by the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce, the Jingle Bell Run 5k will feature a 5k fun run at 7am, and a Kids Dash at 7:30am.  Run through the streets of the Hill Country Galleria with your family, friends, or Fido!