posted on December 8, 2017
Even though the infamous Turkey Trot season has passed, that does not mean that there are no more 5K races to run until the new year. In fact, December has a number of 5Ks to run, some for fun and some slightly more competitive ones for you to try and capture that elusive PR before 2018.
One of the most fun series of the year takes place in December. This is the “tour races.” These races are not for competitive running, but rather for recreational and educational purposes. The tour races, led by a guide, are 5k routes through different areas of Pittsburgh. Due to the multiple stops to take in the scenery and learn about the surroundings, you can anticipate these races taking about an hour.
December 10, 8:00 AM: Strip District 5K Tour – The Strip District has been around for many years and is a dynamic area full of shops, restaurants, and bars. On weekends, the Strip is teeming with locals and tourists, exploring, shopping, and running! To register, visit
December 16, 8:00 AM: North Shore 5k Tour – From bridges to stadiums to fantastic views of downtown and more, this run makes plenty of stops for photo opportunities. To register, visit
December 16, 10:00 AM Downtown 5K Tour – Downtown Pittsburgh is full of history from the French and Indian War to the Underground Railroad. Learn about Fort Pitt, the Diamond Market, and more of Pittsburgh’s history on this tour. To register, visit
December 17, 10:00 AM: South Side 5K Tour – From the waterfront trail to historic Carson Street, the South Side is one of Pittsburgh’s most lively areas. Runners will get the chance to learn about the history of the South Side, as well as a few of the many murals along the way. To register, visit
If you are looking for a slightly more competitive race, the Reindeer Race in Zelienople takes place on Saturday, December 16th. Zelienople, although a little way outside of the city, is a beautiful town in more rural Pennsylvania. This race begins at 11:00 AM. To register, visit https://www.active.com/zelienople-pa/running/distance-running-races/reindeer-race-2017?int=
Even though the weather may be getting colder, that doesn’t mean you should take to the couch. There are still plenty of opportunities to get outside and get active with these 5K races in December. If you decide to run one of the tour races, be sure to comment and let us know what you thought of it!