The following races are a couple of tried-and-true December favorites, hosted by longtime members of the North Shore Striders.
A week following Mill Cities, come out to air your grievances (for a good cause) at the annual Festivus 5K in Salem on Sunday, December 14th. Costumes are encouraged, and runners may be treated to such motivational signs along the course as “I’m very disappointed in you” or “Festivus yes! Bagels no!”. Following the race is an after party at Finz, where race winners will receive their own Festivus poles for their at-home holiday celebrations. Shirts are reserved for the first 400 runners, so get your entry in soon. All net proceeds will be donated to The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism (additional donations are appreciated). If you’d prefer to volunteer rather than run, please contact Rick Johnson.
Next, get your spirit healthy to celebrate the festival of lights! The annual Chanukah Run – a – Latke 5K race will be held on Sunday, December 21st in Swampscott. You’ll enjoy a scenic course, followed by a Chanukah party with fun, donuts, and – of course – hot latkes. This is a very family friendly event, and kids will enjoy Chanukah programming while the adults are out racing, as well as the lighting of the Giant Lego Menorah (how cool is that!?) following the race!