Holiday themed races top the calendar for Wisconsin and area runners in the week tracing from Monday, December 14, through Sunday, December 20. As the busy festive season zips along, runners line up for fun runs, running socials, running workshops, training events, ugly sweater races, and more. Unseasonably mild temperatures draw runners outdoors for special events and everyday training runs.
Monday, December 14, is Roast Chestnuts Day and the end of Hanukkah, The same date holds a Sole Sisters Club Monday Fun Run at Greendale, Wisconsin, and Tri Faster Run Faster at West Allis, Wisconsin.
The Rogue Ugly Sweater Run is set for Tuesday, December 15, at Galway Bay in Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, December 16, features a Libertyville Running Club Wednesday Fun Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; Tri Faster Begin to Run at Greenfield, Wisconsin; the VIP Christmas Party / Libertyville Running Club Ugly Sweater and White Elephant Party at Road Runner Sports Kildeer Marketplace in Palatine, Illinois; and a Wednesday’s Women Fun Run at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois.
National Maple Syrup Day is Thursday, December 17, along with a Lakeview Fun Run / The Pizza Run at Universal Sole Running Store in Chicago, Illinois, and Tri Faster Train Stronger at Greenfield, Wisconsin.
Friday, December 18, is Bake Cookies Day and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (which is celebrated on the third Friday in December). The Sole Sisters Club has its Holiday Sip, Shop and Stroll at Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the same day.
Saturday, December 19, brings the Badgerland Striders Winter Solstice/Candy Cane Lane Fun Run at Gus Amann’s Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Cupcake Day 5K/10K/13.1 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a Libertyville Running Club Saturday Long Run at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Illinois; and a PRO Frosty Flapjack Fitness Challenge at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Go Caroling Day is Sunday, December 20, as area runners dash off to the 2nd Annual Grit and Run It 5K and How to Build Your Triathlon Training Plan at Live Grit in Chicago, Illinois.
Most of these Wisconsin and area races and running activities require advance sign-ups, although some events may have race-day enrollments and packet pickups. Participants, volunteers, and other attendees are wise to double-check arrangements with race organizers or event hosts, as dates and other details may be subject to change for any of these area races and runs.