Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get away from family for a few hours, or need to schedule in some calorie-burning time to lessen the guilt about that completely necessary extra slice of chocolate pecan pie, there’s plenty of road races in and around town this holiday season to keep you logging miles.


Tipsy Turkey Trot


Saturday, Nov. 23


Distance: 5 miles


Cost: $25


Booze, miles, charity — what’s not to love? The fifth annual Tipsy Turkey Trot is a five-mile run with six bar stops through downtown Austin, from Lustre Pearl East to Handlebar, with all proceeds from the event going to benefit Operation Turkey, which prepares and delivers food to families in need on Thanksgiving Day.


ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot


Thursday, Nov. 28


Distance: 5 miles/1 mile


Cost: $37 for timed 5-mile, $32 for untimed 5-mile run/walk, $27 for 1-mile run/walk, $12 for kids k; price increase after 11/27


The 29th annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is a 5-mile run through downtown Austin, beginning and ending at Auditorium Shores near the Butler Hike & Bike Trail. The event is the largest 5-mile race in Texas and one of the largest Turkey Trots in the nation with nearly 20,000 participants every year. Funds raised in the event go to benefit Caritas of Austin.


Hill Country Turkey Trot


Thursday, Nov. 28


Distance: 5K/1 mile


Cost: $30 for 18+, $20 for kids ages 6-18 (untimed and virtual options also available)


Runners in Lakeway can partake in their own Thanksgiving Day run with the annual Hill Country Turkey Trot, hosted by the Hills of Lakeway Country Club. Race proceeds go to benefit Lake Travis ISD schools.


Lockhart State Park Turkey Trot


Saturday, Nov. 30


Distance: 5K/1 mile


Cost: Free with paid entry to the park ($3 for adults, free for children 12 and under)


Venture down to Lockhart State Park for a low-key Turkey Day race on the park golf course and surrounding nature trails. The race is free with paid entry to the park.


Round Rock Rotary Reindeer Run


Saturday, Nov. 30


Distance: 5K


Cost: $35 for timed 5K ($30 for fun run, $5 for kids 1K)


This family-friendly 5K race and fun run encourages costumes and features a stunning Christmas Town light tunnel at the finish line. Stick around after the run for activities like candy cane limbo, snowball toss, elf scavenger hunt and more.


"Elf" Pub Run + Movie Screening


Tuesday, Dec. 3


Distance: about 2.2 miles


Cost: $25


Dress in your best "Elf" attire and jog over to the Paramount Theatre for the annual pub run and movie screening. This is definitely a fun run so don’t be scared to really get in character—after all, there is a costume contest! Participants will run to Scholz Garten for Elf-themed contests and games (including a costume contest judged by Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano) before settling in to enjoy everyone’s favorite holiday movie. Entry includes drink and popcorn tickets. Movie-only tickets are also available.


Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run


Saturday, Dec. 7


Distance: 2.1 miles


Cost: $37 for adults, $20 for kids ages 11 and under


The eighth annual Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run and Fest is just for fun—the 2.1 mile jog is untimed, so make sure to bring your own watch or just enjoy a relaxed effort. The course begins at the Zilker Holiday Tree and loops through the festivities. Fun runners receive a free beer or hot cocoa and entry into the Finish Line Festival, which features a dance-off, costume contest and fitness expo. There’s four different start times to accomodate weekend schedules; Wave 4 runners start at 7:30 p.m. and receive two free beers or hot cocoas—sounds worth the wait to us.


Candy Cane Course


Saturday, Dec. 7


Distance: 10K/5K


Cost: $46 through 12/5, $50 on race day


This Christmas-themed run through San Gabriel Park in Georgetown includes a holiday hoodie and customized medal. There’s prizes for age group awards but also for best costume, so dress in your merriest attire!


Santa Cider Run


Saturday, Dec. 7


Distance: 5K


Cost: $45 (includes holiday sweater) or $100 GOLD charity registration


Holiday attire is highly encouraged for this Santa-themed 5K fun run, which is part of the Brewery Running Series. Registration includes a free cider from host Austin Eastciders and a commemorative limited edition holiday sweater. Stick around after the race for live music, food and shopping with local vendors. Participants who sign up for GOLD registration will donate 100% of their entry fee to the run’s charity partner, Operation Blue Santa.


Austin Jingle Bell 5K


Sunday, Dec. 8


Distance: 5K


Cost: $35 until 11/30, $40 until 12/6 (Youth 5K/Kids Fun Run also available)


The Domain plays host to the Jingle Bell 5Km with race proceeds going to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Each runner will receive a complimentary pair of jingle bells to tie on their shoes for perhaps the loudest 5K on the planet.


Red Dress Run: The 12 Bars of Christmas


Friday, Dec. 13


Distance: about 6 miles (12 bar stops)


Cost: $20


Participants don red dresses and running shoes for the Austin Duathletes’ annual Red Dress Run, the proceeds of which go to benefit the ALS Association. The running bar crawl begins at Cheer Up Charlies and weaves through downtown Austin with 12 total bar stops before finishing the evening at Better Days on Red river. Entry includes four drink tickets to use along the route; bring extra money for additional drinks.


Texmas Run


Saturday, Dec. 14


Distance: 5K


Cost: $40 until 11/21, $45 from 11/22-12/5, $50 after 12/5


Be prepared for lots of running Santas on Saturday, December 14. All participants in the Texmas Run receive a Santa hat, beard and Texmas Santa shirt (as well as a shiny finisher’s medal!) with registration. There will be awards for Largest Texmas Team, Fastest Male and Female Participant Wearing Cowboy Boots, Best Texmas Costume and Best Texmas Team Costume.


Black-Eyed Pea Run


Wednesday, Jan. 1


Distance: varies


Cost: Free


Rogue Running’s annual Black-Eyed Pea Run is all about starting the new year off on the right foot. What’s your running or fitness goal for the year? You set the distance and the pace in this social run, which has traditional black-eyed peas (and mimosas!) for good luck waiting for you at the store afterwards. The community run starts at 8:30 a.m. from the shop’s 410 Pressler Street location. Keep an eye on the Rogue Running facebook page for more information.