Out & About: Kid-Friendly Road Races

Got a little one who runs circles around you? Point that kiddo towards a finish line instead! Wee ones are welcome at many family-friendly runs around the Bay this summer and fall. Stephanie AuWerter has a few top picks to consider:

Lace up your shoes for The Color Run 5K in Alameda Point on August 18. Start your race in white and then get doused in color at every kilometer. This untimed race, also known as “the happiest 5k on the planet,” is a party for kids and kids at heart.

Your little sports lovers will jump at the opportunity to run in the footsteps of their favorite baseball heroes at the SF Giant Kids Race on September 8 at AT&T Park. Kids ages four to 12 will do a series of laps around AT&T Park, earning a medal and bobble-head upon finishing. Parent participation is not permitted.

Yearning for a taste of the tropics without the $500 plane tickets? Then get lei’d at the SF Aloha Run on September 23 at Crissy Field, which is also open to pets, too. Adults, kids and pets can choose from a 10k, 5k, or shorter run. Enjoy Hawaiian music and treats for the whole family (including the four-legged ones).

And on November 11, Little Marina Green (at the corner of Mason Street and Yacht Road) will host the Mermaid Run & Dash. At this women’s run, girls can do the dash (1.5 miles) or join Mom for a 5k, 10k, or the tougher Sirena 10-mile run. Mermaid dashers get a medal, finisher necklace, and post-race treats.  

The original version of this article appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of GGMG Magazine.


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