Holiday Hustle: 5Ks for the Holidays

It’s that time of year, when everyone is looking to beat the winter blues.  What better way than reconnecting to nature and running/ walking to your heart’s content, all while making family memories?  We have some upcoming family-friendly race just for you.

November Events

Angry Turkey 5k & Kids 1k (Cross Country Style)

November 16, 8:40 am

Location: Brownsburg East Middle School, 1250 Airport Road, Brownsburg, 46112
Race Length: 1k or  5k
Ages: All Ages

Angry Turkey XC is about a few simple things. Racing fast, getting dirty, and enjoying the exhilarating rush of euphoria you get as you cross that finish line- having left everything on the course, of course! This course is flat and fast, winding throughout the grassy paths and the 1k wooded loop.  At the finish line, you’ll get hot chocolate, donuts, t- shirt, and finisher’s medal.

Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash

November 28, 9 am

Location: 1055 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis 46220
Race Length: 40 Yard Dash (Little Gobbler Run), 2.75 & 4.6 mile walk/run
Ages: All Ages (7 & under FREE)

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple.  This race is loads of fun and features live entertainment, concessions, fun Thanksgiving-themed costumes and more. Participants receive a finisher’s medal, shirt and post-race coffee, snacks and beverages. This fun-for-the-whole-family event benefits men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in the Indianapolis community.

Regional Health YMCA – Gobble Gallop 5K

November 28, 8 am

Location: Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, Avon 46123
Race Length: 5k walk/ run, kid’s quarter mile run
Ages: All Ages

Celebrate Thanksgiving by walking or running in the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA 5K Gobble Gallop or Kid’s Fun Quarter Mile Run that morning . The walk/run will begin and end at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA.  The Gobble Gallop 5K is the largest annual fundraising event in support of the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which ensures that everyone can experience the benefits of Y membership, including health, fitness and education.

Fishers YMCA – Wishbone 5K

November 28, 8 am

LocationFishers YMCA, 9012 E 126th Street, Fishers 46038
Race Length: 5k walk/ run
Ages: All Ages

Get out and start your Thanksgiving holiday with a family walk or run in the Fishers YMCA Annual Wishbone 5K. This is a family-friendly event with a kiddie fun run and strollers are permitted. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall, male and female winners and age-group awards in 10-year increments. Participants will receive a wishbone t-shirt with their registration.

Gobblers Jog 5K

November 28, 8 am

Location: Hamilton Southeastern High School, 13910 E 126th Street, Fishers, 46037
Race Length: 5k walk/ run
Ages: All Ages

Start your Thanksgiving holiday off by running or walking in the The Gobblers Jog 5K. The USATR certified course takes racers through the Saxony residential and corporate areas. Strollers are permitted.

Bolt for the Heart – Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk

November 28, 9 am

Location:  Palladium Center Green, 355 City Center Drive, Carmel 46032
Race Length: 5k walk/ run
Ages: All Ages (5 & under FREE)

You can choose to run or walk in this family-friendly 5K course through downtown Carmel. Participants will receive a finisher’s medal and a race-themed shirt.  100% of your registration will go towards placing Life Saving AED’s in police cars for Hamilton County, Indiana.

Greenfield – Turkey Day 5K

November 28, 9 am

Location: 98 East North Street, Greenfield, 46140
Race Length: 5k, 1 mile walk/ run
Ages: All Ages

Start your Turkey Day off with a 5K or 1 mile run/walk in front of the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Building in Greenfield. The course runs along the Pennsy Trail. This fun environment welcomes costumes, so whether you’re a Peanuts fan and want to dress like Charlie Brown, or have an awesome turkey outfit you’re dying to wear, ANY AND ALL costumes are encouraged. (Awards will be given for best dressed male and female.)

The Michael Treinen Foundation – Turkey Trot

November 28, 9 am

Location: Downtown Noblesville, on the square
Race Length: 5k run, 3k family walk
Ages: All Ages

Start your Thanksgiving holiday off with a 5K Turkey Trot run or 3K family walk through downtown Noblesville. A balloon lift to honor those that have battled cancer will start off this race.

Madison County YMCA – Charity Gobble Wobble 5K

November 28, 8:30 am

Location: Pendleton Family YMCA, 520 Falls Park Drive, Pendleton 46064
Race Length: 5k walk/ run
Ages: All Ages

Kick off your Thanksgiving morning with a 5K run or walk through Historic Falls Park in Pendleton. The race will be professionally timed. Participants will receive a race shirt. First place male and female per age group will receive a pie. Strollers welcome.

Black Friday 5K

November 29, 9 am

Location: Intelliplex, 2150 Intelliplex Drive, Shelbyville 46176
Race Length: 5k
Ages: All Ages

Awesome Black Friday Finisher Medals! One of a Kind Turkey Trophies for overall and age group winners! This event benefits Pantry Pals Food pantry.

December Running Events

Jingle Bell Run Indianapolis

December 7, 9 am

Location: Indianapolis City Market, 222 East Market Street, Indianapolis, 46204
Race Length: 5k/ 10k walk/ run, Kid’s Reindeer Run
Ages: All Ages

Help raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation by walking or running in the Jingle Bell 5K or 10K. Racers are encouraged to wear holiday-themed costumes for extra fun and holiday cheer! They’ll even be a Kids Reindeer Run just for the little ones!

Hot Cider Hustle 5K

December 7, 9 am

Location: 801 W Washington Street, Indianapolis 46204
Race Length: 5k walk/run
Ages: All ages

Set out on the Hot Cider Hustle 5K timed or un-timed walk or run through White River State Park. Participants will receive a caramel apple, hot cider, finisher’s mug and long sleeve quarter-zip pullover at the race.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt – Sankt Nikolaus Lauf 5K

December 7, 11 am

Location: Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square, Carmel 46032
Race Length: 5k run/walk
Ages: All ages

The Santk Nikolaus Lauf 5K walk/run is a fun-filled race that includes holiday tunes and live commentary during the race.  Participants will receive a shirt, event bib, and finishers medal.  Runners will be able to gather in the warmth of the City Hall building after the race for post race activities. This race benefits Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus), Riley Hospital for Children, and City of Carmel ChristKindlmarkt.

Santa Hustle Indy 5K, Half Marathon, & Kids Dash

December 15, 9:15 am

Location: American Legion Mall, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis 46206
Race Length: 1 mile kid’s dash, 5k, ½ marathon
Ages: All Ages

Sign up for the Santa Hustle Indy 5K, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash throughout downtown Indianapolis to get yourself in the holiday spirit! Participants will receive a Santa hat & beard, race shirt and finisher medal! There will also be 1-Mile Kids Dash.  Races are stroller friendly.

Donut 5K Run & Walk

December 21, 9 am

Location: Carmel Racquet Club, 225 E Carmel Drive, Carmel 46032
Race Length: 5k
Ages: All Ages (5 & under FREE)

Love donuts? Walk or run your way through this flat 5K course with over 8,000 donut holes from Jack’s Donuts of Carmel along the way. Participants will receive donut holes, a full size donut at finish line, finisher’s medal, and a post-race party with Oskar Blues Beer and mimosas. This is also a dog-friendly run/walk and includes a prize for best costume (humans can dress up too)!

Rudolph 5K Run/Walk

December 24, 9am

Location: Intelliplex Conference Center, 2150 Intelliplex Drive, Shelbyville 46176
Race Length: 5k/ Quarter Mile Kids’ Run
Ages: All Ages (Kids’ Run is FREE ages 10 and under)

Christmas finisher medals will be given to all participants, with the top 20 female and male finishers receiving one-of-a-kind reindeer trophies.  Age group awards in 10 year increments. Everyone receives a wrapped gift when they cross the finish line! (Some of the gifts contain gift certificates & cash!)  The first boy and girl 12 & under to finish the 5K will receive an “Energy2Action Elf” Award.  Each child that finishes the kids’ run receives a wrapped gift.  Cookies and hot chocolate also at the finish line.  (No strollers allowed on the course at this event.)

January Events

Fast Blast 5K

January 1, 10 am

Location: City Hall, 44 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville 46716
Race Length: 5k
Ages: All ages

Race finishes INSIDE CITY HALL!  That’s right!! Run right up the stairs, through the doors to the finish line located INSIDE! There will be a pre-race champagne toast on the steps (non-alcoholic beverage for under 21.) No strollers allowed on course. All registered finishers will receive a “first race of 2020” finisher medal.

Cheers to New Years! 5K

January 1, 10 am

Location: Big Lug Canteen, 1435 E 86th Street, Indianapolis 46240
Race Length: 5k walk/run
Ages: Open to all ages, but geared to 21+ crowd

Kick off your New Year by being active and sign-up to walk or run the Cheers to New Years 5K at Big Lug Canteen. Participants will receive a finisher medal, chip timed bib, race day shirt and a pint of Big Lug brew for those 21 years and over. Top participants in each age category will receive shot glasses.

Resolution XC 5K & Kids 1K

January 4, 9:40 am

Location: Avon Washington Township Park, 115 S. County Rd 575, Avon 46123
Race Length: kid’s 1k, 5k
Ages: All Ages

Start the year and your New Year’s resolutions off right, while you run in this the cross country style race on the Avon High School Cross Country Course at Washington Township Park. Mother Nature might make the run a little tricky – but it will be worth the challenge! A 1K for kids will also be held at the park. Be sure to hang out under the outdoor heaters after the race, for music, donuts, and hot chocolate! Each participant will also receive a long sleeve race shirt and finisher medal. RaceMaker CO/OP will receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund their meal packing event, and they are excited to be partnering with STOP HUNGER NOW to pack 10,000+ meals to aid in world hunger relief.

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