While it may not be 26.2 miles from the fridge to the couch to watch football and holiday movie marathons, this time of year can be a race all its own.

I know from personal experience that instead of mile marker signs, I could label finding cookies, pies, and tasty treats as markers for progression of the day. To have some fun and just feel better, I love doing walks and runs in the area.

Fall and early winter are packed with opportunities to walk, trot, or dash a path to festive Fort Wayne fun!

The Best Festive Runs in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fantasy of Lights - Fort Wayne, IN

1. Fantasy of Lights 5k

November 17 & 18

Ring in the Christmas season a little early with Fort4Fitness and Blue Jacket, Inc. at the Fantasy of Lights 5K on November 17. Wind through the 110 lighted elements in Franke Park for a fun start to the holiday season.

On November 18, enjoy the family-friendly 2K walk, also allowing for enjoyment of the lights. You can forget the ugly Christmas sweater this year and enjoy the awesome long-sleeve cotton t-shirts runners and walkers will receive.

2. 23rd Annual Fort Wayne Running Club Turkey Trot 5k

November 17

Start depleting your calorie bank for refill a little early at Fox Island County Park, host of the Fort Wayne Running Club’s Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a 5k, and toddlers can participate for free in a 15,000-centimeter dash.

Plus, enjoy door prizes! One of the event’s door prizes is especially tempting to me: a free annual family membership to the park.

3. Galloping Gobbler

November 22

If the live turkey and turkey mascot are not enough of a reason for you to let the bird marinate a little longer Thanksgiving morning, then the fact that you get to run through the beautiful Lindenwood Cemetery should draw you to the Galloping Gobbler. The four-mile course will fire up your appetite; the event gets done in plenty of time for you to spend the rest of the day quenching those flames.

4. Mazocks 42nd Thanksgiving Morning Run

November 22

Here is one that is novel to Fort Wayne. Do as many of the 1.5-mile loops as you like and then enjoy a time of coffee, donuts, and fellowship at this informal event.

Festival of Gingerbread

5. Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Mile

December 8

There is nothing like the smell of freshly-baked gingerbread. Waiting for you at the end of this December 8, 4-mile event will be freshly-baked goodies from Sassies Cakes and Pembroke Bakery. When you get done enjoying tasty treats and the daytime-beauty of downtown Fort Wayne, use your race bib to get into the Festival of Gingerbread, for free, at The History Center

For more information on these events or other fun on your feet, check out the Fort Wayne Running Club’s web page at fwtc.org.

This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated