“Birds of a feather flock together” may not be the most Christmas or running-themed idiom, but we wanted to make a list of places to run and walk where there are lights literally are by highlighting some group holiday runs across the state. I personally love flocking with the birds (i.e. running with others). Read on for a few.
The first group run is out in Bend and it’s the “FootZone’s Cookie Run“! Yup, you heard correctly – cookie! I almost wanna run out to Bend just to join them. This family friendly event starts at 5:30 P.M. at FootZone Bend and will be a 3 mile run. They will have beverages and yummy cookies for you but also encourage you to bring your own. There will also be prizes for best homemade cookies and Saucony will be there for a shoe demo. P.S. Stay safe and bring some blinky lights, reflective gear, & headlamp.
Break out your old jingle bells, flashers & christmas lights – well, your battery-powered ones anyway. This next one is called “Lights, Flashers, & Jingle Bells“! This group run is out in Sandy and has your two distance options – either a 3-ish miler or a 6-ish miler that starts at Bunsenbrewer in Sandy (oooh BEER). Come dressed in your best holiday outfit and you might win a prize! P.S. I’ll probably be at this one.
This next one is a personal favorite of mine and I’ll probably be at this one as well. The annual “Peacock Lane Run“! This starts at Portland Running Company and is about a 4 mile run. It runs from the store to the beautiful and Portland’s iconic Peacock Lane and back. This is a family friendly event for all skill levels and at the end there will be some refreshments and a big raffle give away!
I hope you are all master artists with your Etch-A-Sketches! This next one your all going to be a play on the old-school art item, but with your GPS’s. This is the “2nd Annual Santa Hat Run“! This run you will be drawing a good old Santa hat with your GPS’s starting and finishing at McMenamins Ram’s Head, a perfect spot for a good frosty pint afterwards (again, mmm…BEER). There is a requirement to this run though, you must throw out your painting beret and break out the old Santa hat and put it on for this themed run. The run starts at 10 am, but some are getting extra trail miles before. All paces welcome, red costumes also welcome. This 6-miler is put on by Wy’east Wolfpack.
Also consider checking out The Grotto Portland during their Festival of Lights. It’s not really a group run, but it sure does look beautiful. The Grotto is truly a great place to look at some nice Christmas lights and get your holiday festivities happening. The Grotto is open now through the end of the year.
This last one is also not a group running or walking event but you can go at your own pace walking around The Oregon Zoo checking out Zoolights with the whole family! Obviously, there will be a fee (zoo admission) associated with this one. Zoolights is running December 9-22 from 5pm to 9pm!