A Guide to Winter Fitness & Fun Runs in Collin County

There always seems to be a lot of fun runs scheduled for this time of year. Probably because the holidays are associated with indulgence and near-constant eating. While many of the races are going VIRTUAL this year, don’t let that stop you from going outside and getting your heart rate up. Consider registering the family for one of these fun runs in Collin County (or Collin County-adjacent). Fitness! Fresh air! You’re doing amazing, sweetie!

Reminder: None of these events can take place without a commitment to personal responsibility. Mask up, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Because everything is subject to change, we highly recommend double checking for cancellations with any venues beforehand.

collin county fun runs winter turkey trot

Now – November 29  :: North Texas Turkey Trot :: VIRTUAL :: Purchase your Kit by Wednesday, November 18, 2020 to guarantee delivery by Thanksgiving Day! The virtual trot consists of 10K, 5K, 1-mile, or whatever distance you want. Race proceeds benefit The Miracle League of Frisco, which provides local children with mental and/or physical challenges (ages 5-19) the opportunity to play sports as members of an organized league. Register here!

November 26-29 :: Plano Turkey Trot :: VIRTUAL :: This Plano tradition continues virtually in 2020 with The Thankful Turkey Half Marathon, 10K or 5K. Plan your run/walk between Thanksgiving Day-November 29th and submit your results to the leader board.  Race proceeds benefit Best Buddies, a non-profit dedicated to helping pair mentors to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Register here!

Now – December 5 :: Holly Jolly 5K & Fun Run :: VIRTUAL :: Formally the Rudolph Run, this 5K & fun run is now virtual. The family-friendly competition is open to all ages and the top 3 runners for each gender and age division in the 5K will receive a medal. Click the link to register; you get the best price if you register by 11/15.

December 5 :: Frosty 5k and Merry Mile :: Frisco :: This year, you’ll have the option of attending the Frosty 5K or a Virtual 1-mile or 5K. The in-person event will have 4 staggered start times to accomodate for social distancing, and there won’t be a gun time. If you choose virtual, simply register and submit your best time between 12/1-12/31. Walkers welcome! Register here!

December 19 :: Santa Cops 4 Kids :: Rockwall :: Come out for a Santa Chase, 1-mile fun run, and 5K to support the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County. The Santa Chase is 100-yard dash where the kids get to chase Santa to the finish line. You know they’ll love that. Register here!

December 19 :: Candy Cane Course North Dallas :: Carrollton :: Last year, this race took place in Garland, but have moved their location due to the pandemic AND merged their two courses into one. *This LIVE race is still pending city approval; however, the virtual 10K, 5K, 1-mile race registration is open. Register here!

December 26 :: Holiday Hustle :: Plano :: Hosted by the Plano Pacers Running Club, this is a family-friendly, in-person 3K, 8K, and Kids K at Bob Woodruff Park. There will be special treats for the Kids K participants and a great way to end the year with a little healthy activity. Register Here.

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.