Two events coming up in the next couple of days offer Christmas-cookie munchers the chance to burn off a few calories while staying in the holiday spirit. Grab your sneakers and your holiday sweater and try one out.
Fleet Feet Sports in Gaithersburg is combining caroling, bar-hopping and, yes, running in its annual Christmas Caroling Holiday Fun Run/Walk.
Join the run club on its mile-long route, stopping at bars and restaurants in the Kentlands neighborhood to sing Christmas favorites along the way. Some folks then will go for a three- to four-mile training run, but most will head back to the shop for cookies, cider and other treats. There will be a contest for best ugly sweater, and the shop will collect Toys for Tots donations.
Christmas Caroling Holiday Fun Run/Walk Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Fleet Feet Sports, 255 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-6442. www.fleetfeetgaithersburg.com. Free. Caroling books provided.
National Harbor will be awash in reindeer-imprinted knitwear this weekend as it hosts the Washington area’s first Ugly Sweater Run.
As the name implies, this run is more about holiday cheer than setting any records. The 5K course features holiday-themed stops every mile and an aid station with both water and hot chocolate. The race fee includes beer at the post-run party (for 21-and-over runners), a knit hat and a fake mustache. Participants are asked to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
Ugly Sweater Run Saturday at 9 a.m. National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor. www.theuglysweaterrun.com. $44 in advance, $50 day of event; children 8 and younger free or $10 with hat and m\ustache. Pets welcome.
— Kendra Nichols