’Tis the season to run 5Ks.
For some people, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are a time to let loose and enjoy the social life before recommitting to a healthy routine.
Though maintaining an exercise routine can be difficult during the holiday season, there are fun ways to make running a part of the schedule.
Thanksgiving often serves as a kickoff for family fun runs with turkey trots taking place across East Texas. Then a variety of holiday runs will continue to usher in the season.
The 5K runs offer ways for family and friends to get together and contribute to a good cause, as most of the 5Ks serve as fundraisers for various community organizations.
Newgate Mission will kick off the holiday running season by hosting its 17th annual Gobble Wobble on Nov. 20.
Newgate Mission is a nonprofit organization in Longview that serves those who are homeless, low-income and marginalized. A day mission, Newgate typically serves more than 200 people each day.
The Gobble Wobble is Newgate’s largest fundraiser, according to the nonprofit organization. The proceeds help the mission provide food, clothing and support to those it serves throughout the year.
The Gobble Wobble features a 1-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K.
There is no fee to participate in the Gobble Wobble; however, donations are requested to support the mission. Registration is available in advance or on the day of the race. Gobble Wobble T-shirts may be purchased during online registration only.
On race day, Nov. 20, registration will begin at 8 a.m. The race itself begins at 9 a.m. at the Paul G. Boorman Trail. Parking is available at Austin Bank.
For more information about Newgate Mission or the Gobble Wobble, visit www.newgatemission.org.
Tyler Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, Tyler will invite its residents to run first and have pie later when the 19th annual Turkey Trot returns.
The Tyler Turkey Trot offers a 5K run and a children’s dash. The in-person race will begin at Racquet and Jog, 5403 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler. The children’s dash starts at 8:15 a.m. with the 5K kicking off at 9 a.m.
Those who register for the 5K will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and medal; it will be a chip-timed race. Children who participate in the dash will receive a children’s T-shirt and medal.
Proceeds from this year’s Tyler Turkey Trot will benefit For The Silent, a Tyler nonprofit organization that is dedicated to ending sex trafficking.
To learn more about the Tyler Turkey Trot, visit www.tylerturkeytrot.com.
Lindale Turkey Trot
Also on Thanksgiving Day, the city of Lindale will invite its residents to participate in a holiday morning run when the Lindale Turkey Trot returns.
The Lindale Turkey Trot is a 5K, chip-timed race that benefits the Lindale ISD Education Foundation. The education foundation strives to support Lindale schools, teachers and students by providing funding for innovative programs and initiatives that enrich educational and leadership opportunities.
A new component of this year’s event is a kid’s race in which children 12 and younger can race around the parking lot at E.J. Moss Intermediate School.
Advance registration is available online. 5K registration is $25; however, the price increases after Nov. 14. Participation in the children’s run costs $15.
Lindale Turkey Trot festivities begin about 8 a.m. Nov. 25 in the parking lot of E.J. Moss Intermediate School, 411 E. Eagle Spirit Drive.
For more information about the Lindale Turkey Trot, visit facebook.com/LindaleTurkeyTrot.
Athens Turkey Trot
In Athens, an organization is inviting the community to run for water on Thanksgiving Day.
Hope Springs Water is a nonprofit organization based in Athens that strives to help the developing world through clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education.
Funds raised from the Athens Turkey Trot support the organization.
The Athens Turkey Trot features a 1-mile walk, a 5K for children 12 and younger and a 5K for those 13 and older.
Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at The Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St. in Athens. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile event will start at 8:05 a.m.
Advance registration is available online. The 5K costs $45; participation in the children’s 5K costs $35 and registration for the 1-mile walk is $25. For those who pre-register, packet pick up will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Groom & Sons parking lot, 219 S. Palestine St. in Athens.
For more information about the Athens Turkey Trot and Hope Springs Water, visit www.hopespringswater.org.
Jacksonville Jingle Jog
East Texans are invited to don their favorite Santa Claus hats and reindeer ears for the fifth annual Jacksonville Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run. The race is presented by Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Jingle Jog is open to adults and children who want to run or walk.
There is no fee for children to participate in the fun run. Registration for the 5K costs either $20 or $25, depending on whether participants wish to be timed. The timed registration fee is $20.
The event begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 4. A special guest is planned for the event as Santa will arrive by helicopter for the Jacksonville Jingle Jog.
For more information about the Jacksonville Jingle Jog, visit bit.ly/3v8h5w4.