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November 29, 2013
Winter Activities for the Holidays

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to the elliptical or the treadmill for the next month or two.  Here are several activities and events to get you out in the crisp Seattle air during the holidays.


Fun Runs

If you’re an avid runner and you’re looking for some motivation in the winter time, here are two popular runs during the holiday season:


Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K
When: Sunday, December 8
Where: Downtown Seattle, Westlake Center
For an event you and your family can enjoy, try the Jingle Bell 5K run/walk for Arthritis.  Dress up in your favorite holiday garb or ugly sweater and run a loop around downtown Seattle.  Be sure to wear your jingle bells around your shoes and listen to them ring along with thousands of other runners as you go through the express lane tunnel.   
Registration Website: http://www.seattlejinglebellrun.org


12 K’s of Christmas Holiday Run (12K and 5K runs)
When: Sunday, December 15
Where: Downtown Kirkland
Looking for more of a challenge?  Try the 12K’s of Christmas a week later.  This is another fun event with a lot of energy.  However, beware! This course does tend to get a little hilly and a little chilly, so make sure you do some hill repeats several weeks prior.  Be sure to bring some extra Under Armour or running layers pre-race and post-race as well.
Registration Website: http://www.promotionevents.com/12ks/12k_info.htm

Snowshoeing
If you’re an avid hiker in the spring and summer seasons, try snowshoeing!  The Washington Trails Association has some great tips and tricks for all you novices out there.  Personally, this is one of my favorite weekend excursions I try to do with friends during the holidays.  If you’re trying it for the first time, visit your local REI store and rent a pair of Snowshoes.
Washington Trails Association Websites:
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/winter-recreation-guide-1/snowshoeing-101
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/skiing-snowshoeing-information
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/winter-recreation-guide-1/winter-recreation-info
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/winter-destinations/great-snowshoe-hikes

Ice Skating
Looking for a fun family event? Try Ice Skating!  During the holidays, several locations in Seattle and the Eastside put up seasonal Ice Skating Rinks.  The most popular one of them all is the Winterfest Ice Rink in Seattle Center.  Shopping at Bellevue Square and need a break from all the busy shoppers?  Try the Ice Arena at the Bellevue Downtown Park.  Or if you just want to avoid crowds all together, visit the Kingsgate Ice Arena in Kirkland.  They are open all winter long! 
Winterfest Ice Rink: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/
Bellevue Downtown Park Ice Arena: http://www.magicseason.com/events/icearena.html
Kingsgate Ice Arena: http://www.snokingkirkland.com/

Written by Nelson Lau

 
 

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