Houston’s Holiday Fun Runs & Races 2019

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Looking to burn a little holiday steam … or some pumpkin pie laden calories?  Don’t miss out on these holiday fun runs and races happening in and around Houston all season long.  Hint :: One marathon even has you dressing up like Santa for the run!

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2019 Houston Area Holiday Fun Runs & Races

Reindeer Dash 5k Run/Walk

{December 7th | Start time at 9am}

Head down to Deer Park for a cross country course led by the one and only Rudolph!  All money raised goes straight to families in need this holiday season, and we love that they have discounted race costs for Deer Park ISD students too.

Trafigura Run for the House 

{December 7th | First race starts at 8am}

This fun-filled family event includes both a 10K and 5K run/walk/roll as well as a family after party with games, free food trucks, and more! But what makes it super special is that 100% of proceeds benefit the children and families of Ronald McDonald House Houston and up to $300,000 will be generously matched by the Trafigura Foundation!

Snowfest Shuffle Fun Run 

{December 7th | Start time at 8:15am}

Runners of all ages and levels are encouraged to join in on this 1.25 mile fun run down in Missouri City! In lieu of a registration fee, participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Missouri City Police Department’s Blue Santa Toy Drive. Plus, free t-shirts will be given to runners while supplies last.

Snowball Run 

{December 7th | First race starts at 9am}

The 8th Annual Snowball Run in Kingwood features something for everyone, including a 5K, 1K, and a kid’s 100 yard dash.  After the race, there will be tons of kids activities, cash prizes for fastest 5k finishers, prizes for the best costumes, a DJ, snowballs from Bahama Bucks, and more.

Rudolph Fun Run 

{December 7th | First race starts at 7:40am}

Head over to CITYCENTRE for the 7th Annual Rudolph Fun Run. With multiple race options, there are runs for everyone. Plus, this is truly a FUN run featuring pictures with Santa Claus, face painting, breakfast tacos, and much more.  All runners will receive a long sleeve shirt and medal too!

Run Houston! Sugar Land 

{December 7th | First race starts at 8:00am}

Get in the holiday spirit by taking on the final event in our Run Houston! Race Series at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters! It’s truly a family event, with distances of 10K, 5K, and a Kids 1K, as well as a virtual option. Participants will enjoy special access to the Holiday Lights Festival and a post-race party inside the stadium.

3rd Annual Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K 

{December 7th | First race starts at 8:00am}

Kick-start your holiday festivities and outpace that mischievous abominable snowmonster with the whole family and join us for the in the 3rd Annual ‘Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K’ fun runs: Presented by BP, benefiting Memorial Assistance Ministries. Not only do participants receive a festive participant bib / performance tech t-shirt / finishers medal and jingle bell, but there will also be an appearance by Santa and Post-Race Refreshments. So, come out and show everyone your best holiday attire and spirit!

Santa Hustle – 1/2 Marathon & 5k 

{December 15th | First race starts at 6:30am}

Jingle all the way through this fun-filled course with candy and cookies, festive music, and an epic after party in Galveston. This race is sure to become a family tradition, and it is designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood.  All 5K & Half Marathon runners will receive a Santa hat and beard, Santa shirt to wear while running, candy cane socks, and a finishers medal.  Plus, there are kid races available too!

Houston’s 12k of Christmas 

{December 21st | First race starts at 7:30am} 

Register now for some Christmas-themed fun runs that the whole family can enjoy!   This year’s race is taking place at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston and includes t-shirts and finisher medals for the 6K and 12K participants as well as hot cocoa, appearances by old St. Nick and his elves, Christmas carolers, and more holiday fun!

2020 RunHouston! 

{January 1st| First race starts at 7:30am} 

Join us for the kickoff of the 2020 Run Houston! Race Series at Sam Houston Race Park. Start off 2020 with the ultimate New Year’s resolution and come enjoy all the sights and sounds at Sam Houston Race Park! With a 5K, 10K and Kids 1K, there is an event for everyone in the family. Not able to join us on race morning? Check out our virtual option. 

Candy Cane Fun Run 

{January 11th | Start time at 9am}

Burn off some of those holiday calories and support local schools in the Cypress area with this year’s 3.1 mile fun runs.  Registration is now open!

As you are planning your Christmas, remember to think about all of our Houston area residents. Reliant is dedicated to making sure all children have a magical Christmas by partnering with KHOU 11’s Secret Santa Toy Drive. Give Santa a helping hand this year, and donate to the KHOU 11 Secret Santa Toy Drive. Through the annual toy drive, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston operates the largest individualized gift-giving program in the area and helps more than 7,000 families celebrate Christmas each year.

Join Reliant in helping make children’s holiday wishes come true by supporting the KHOU 11 Secret Santa Toy Drive on Reliant Wednesdays at Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights. Bring a new, unwrapped toy every Wednesday through 12/18 to receive $5 off general admission Galaxy Lights tickets.

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The joy of community and the spirit of generosity make this season the most wonderful time of the year. At Reliant, our commitment to the communities where we live and work is as strong as our Texas roots. On behalf of Reliant, we hope you have a joyous holiday season!

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and fun runs details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other holiday happenings around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!

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Jennifer is a native outside-the-loop’er growing up and living in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. She has a Bachelors in theology and political science from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. She and her husband Greg met in 2010 through Match.com and fell in love on their first date. They married exactly one year later and have fought lovingly and constantly since. They have two amazingly brilliant girls, Kaitlyn {June 2013} and Elizabeth {June 2015} who Jen stays home with during the day. When Jen is not curled in a little ball rocking back and forth with Peppa Pig on in the background, she can be found crafting with her Silhouette and/or binge watching The Office for the millionth time. Jen has an uncanny ability to be comfortable in almost any situation put in front of her, thanks to growing up in politics and on the debate team. Before having kids of her own, she had the opportunity to help other kids through teaching, youth ministry, and generally being a helpful, kind soul. You can check out more about Jen on IG @themommymiddle.


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