Tampa Jingle Runs and Holiday Races for Festive Fun

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Run, run Rudolph! With so many fun things to do during the holiday season in Tampa Bay, it’s a good idea to make time for your well-being. A great way to focus on your wellness while still having tons of fun is with a jingle run. There are so many festive races, 5Ks, and fun runs around Tampa Bay this time of year. And we’ve put together a complete list of them all.

Written by Meghan Roth

Jingle Runs and Holiday Races in Tampa Bay

Jingle Jog 5k
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Sarasota, FL
Join the 25th Annual Jingle and Jog 5K Run/Walk benefiting The Haven! Starting at The Haven’s beautiful campus nestled on 32-acres of lush Florida scenery, participants will experience a smooth course under the canopy of oak trees.

White Elephant 5k
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Lakeland, FL
Come dressed in your best/ugliest Christmas costume and enjoy the Christmas season. Their White Elephant “Gift” to you will be swag from a prior race! You just let us know what size, and you’ll have a surprise. Shirts & Finisher awards in the true White Elephant Fashion.
$20 – $30

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
Sunday, December 4, 2022
George M. Steinbrenner Field
Help keep the tradition going strong by jingling with your family and friends at the Arthritis Foundation’s 2022 Jingle Bell Run. Wear your favorite holiday costume and spread good cheer for a great cause.

Boley Centers’ 40th Annual Jingle Bell Run
Friday, December 9, 2022
St Petersburg, FL
Boley Centers’ 40th Annual Jingle Bell Run will feature a 5k lighted path, live bands along the course, a glow zone, snow, glow necklaces and thousands of merry runners, joggers, walkers and four-legged trotters!
$35 – $45

Lake Jovita Reindeer Run
December 10, 2022
Lake Jovita Golf Course – Dade City, FL
The run is held ON the golf course at Lake Jovita. This will give you an opportunity to run through the beautiful golf course with some of the most dramatic elevation changes in the southeast. The route will take you through woods and over bridges as you enjoy the beautiful landscape. This is one of the most challenging 5K runs in Central Florida!

Photo Credit: Lake Jovita 5K Reindeer Run


Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Three Parks Trail Lakeland, FL
Join the City of Lakeland for its 8th annual Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k on the scenic Three Parks Trail. Holiday attire, and cheer, are welcome.

Photo credit: Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog


L.O.U.D. Runners 5k, Virtual, & 1-mile Reindeer Race
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Gadsden Park, Tampa, FL
The Reindeer Race is THE 5k in Tampa to get you in the holiday spirit. You will receive a holiday-themed race shirt, finisher medal, and lots of holiday cheer. If you finish in the top three male or female you’ll also receive an award and free entry into the 2023 Reindeer Race. Stay after the race and you may also win one of the many great prizes.
$20 – $35

Photo credit: L.O.U.D. Runners Reindeer Race

Run Tampa Tinsel Run
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Al Lopez Park, Tampa, FL
$15 – $40
Run with Your Gnomies! Run through beautiful Al Lopez Park on a flat, mainly asphalt, course. This chip-timed race includes a short sleeve tri-blend gender-specific shirt and a finishers medals.

46th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Sarasota, FL
Now in its’ 46th year, the run has been a fixture in the running community of Sarasota. Set a fast pace on the hard-packed, world-renowned Siesta Beach sand in the 5K race, sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club. 

Or enjoy a leisurely morning stroll along the shore in the 1-mile fun run that ensures all ages and abilities can join in.
$20 – $35

Santa’s Twilight 5K
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Safety Harbor, FL
Join the fun at this holiday themed 5K night run in Safety Harbor . All participants will receive a really cool shirt, holiday themed finisher medal, glow sticks for the run, jingle bells for your shoes, and holiday cookies and hot chocolate at the finish.
$39 – $45

Santa Dash 5k
Saturday, December 10, 2022
MetroLagoon Wesley Chapel, FL
Oh what fun, it is to run! MetroLagoons is excited to invite you to the first ever Santa Dash 5K Fun Run. The inaugural run will take place at Epperson Lagoon and will be full of holiday cheer all evening long. After your run, make sure to stay for the after party from 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Chase the Dreidel 5K
Sunday, December 11, 2022
St. Petersburg, FL
Oy vey! How fast can a dreidel run? Come find out as a life-sized dreidel spins down the streets of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Trail on a flat, chip-timed course.  Chase the Dreidel is pure fun – everyone is welcome! Registrants receive a race shirt and a super potato latke buffet. Walkers and strollers welcome.  A fun run for youngsters under 11.

Florida Holiday Distance Classic
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Madeira Beach, FL
Get in the spirit and jingle all the way to the finish line at the Florida Holiday Halfathon & 10K. In its 22nd year, this race has become a Holiday tradition as you join Santa, elves, and other runners at this festive point-to-point race and get rewarded with a beautiful Holiday-themed medal.

The Halfathon’s flat, fast and visually varied course starts in Madeira Beach and ends at Largo’s Taylor Park, while the 10K starts in Seminole City Park and joins the Half course with the same finish line at Taylor Park. $50 – $85

Publix Jingle 5K Run/Walk
Friday, December 16, 2022
Lakewood Ranch, FL
Move your feet to the Jingle beat! Be part of the largest holiday 5K Run/Walk in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Join nearly two thousand runners, walkers, and virtual participants this season.

The Jingle 5K Run/Walk is a festive way to kick off the holiday season while supporting the LWRMC Foundation’s Nursing Scholarship Program! Runners will receive a custom commemorative 2022 medal and bib number.
$15 – $40

Frosty 5k
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Twin Lakes Park Sarasota, FL
The Frosty 5K is back for the lucky 13th year! Starting and finishing at Twin Lakes Park, Sarasota, through the adjacent neighborhood. The race uses the same wide-open road course as the past three years, no grass or paths, all asphalt surfaces for a smooth, fast course.

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome for this Frosty good time. Race Perks Include Custom Frosty 5K Finisher Medal for ALL Finishers, Great Tech Shirt in Gender Specific and Youth Sizing, Prizes for Most Creative Frosty Costumes, Festive Post-Race with great food and beverages
$40 – $45

Keel Farms Christmas Wine Run 5k
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Kell Farms Plant City, FL
This exciting “Christmas Themed” event that features the scenic views of Keel and Curley Winery and offers a great assortment of locally produced wines! 

With extra swag options for all wine lovers, walkers and runners, this race is a sure thing for a great time! The Race Starts and Finishes at the Winery and is a scenic 2 loop tour of the farm!  The route is a mix of grass and paved and has several turns to run through the blueberries and farm.

Christmas Glow Run 5k
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Sarasota, FL
This fun family friendly festive event features dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music that creates an atmosphere that will get your Christmas season started off right! This professional chip-timed night glow run will be a memorable experience like no other. Athletes run or walk the lakeside Christmas themed course at night. 

Athletes add to the atmosphere with their complimentary glow products that are included with registration.
$39 – $48

Hot Chocolate Run
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Tampa, FL
Join the sweetest movement that has taken over the racing world! Start and finish amongst Tampa’s biggest chocolate aficionados. Train, race, and indulge all the way to the finish line.

A chocolate lover’s oasis awaits at the post-run party! Celebrate your accomplishment with a finisher mug that includes fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate, while checking out the exciting vendors and listening to great tunes!
$51 – $71

Downtown Dunedin Holiday 5K 10K 15K And Toy Drive
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Dunedin, FL
An unforgettable 5K 10K or 15K in Downtown Dunedin at the HOB Brewing Company. An awesome selection of finisher’s medals are put out for each runner to choose from that celebrate the season. Open to all ages and levels of ability. Kid and dog friendly.
$15 – $71

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