Thanksgiving looms ahead with Christmas not far behind it. Between that and perhaps taking too large a cut from your kids’ Halloween candy hauls and you might be feeling a bit too much winter weight before winter truly sets in.

A 5K race—which, at just over three miles, is more casual and accessible than a half-marathon—might be the perfect antidote to these doldrums! Get out and get moving with any of these runs that benefit a good cause:





Girls on the Run Fall 5K

November 16, 10 a.m.
The Cincinnati chapter of Girls on the Run puts on this annual race around Sawyer Point for folks of all different skill levels. Join the 5K to run, walk or accompany the casual strollers along a route with plenty of cheering sections to root you on!


Holiday in Lights 5K

November 16, 5 p.m.
Not much of a morning person? This Sharon Woods 5K starts right around dusk and winds through the park before and its Holiday in Lights display. Serious runners can enjoy the unique trail and casual participants can run in their best holiday costume that will be judged during the pre-race costume contest!


Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Race
November 28, 9 a.m.
The 110th running of this downtown tradition is a bit bigger than the others on this list. As a 10K, the six-mile course winds through Over-the-Rhine, Covington and Newport after starting at Paul Brown Stadium. But walkers are as welcome as runners in this Turkey Day race that will make your Thanksgiving feast all the sweeter!


Cincinnati Hungry Turkey
November 30, 8:30 a.m.
Looking to burn off the calories after Thanksgiving? This race features both a 5K and a half-marathon for those who want to log some serious miles. Taking place at Otto Armleder Park by Lunken Airfield, the Hungry Turkey welcomes teams as well as individuals, with running groups of up to seven able to win prizes for their performance or having best team name!


Jingle Bell Run
December 14, 10 a.m.
Maybe, like a lot of us, you need a little time to work your way up to a 5K run. If so, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run might be just the ticket! This fun and festive race for conquering arthritis starts at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and includes both a timed and untimed 5K as well as a kids’ run.