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Celebrate the Season With Lizard Holiday Runs

Aaron Coe and Teal Springhart taking in the lights on the Peacock Lane run

As we head into the hectic holiday season, there is no better way to deal with the stress than to get out for a run with your friends. And TRL has some fantastic annual traditions you will want to make sure to add to your calendar and join us for.

Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 27, 8:00am. Join us for a run through Tryon Creek State Park before you get your turkey on. There are 9 miles of trail, with lots of different looping options, so you can go as short or far as you want. I always want to eat a lot of the traditional Thanksgiving stuff(ing), so the more miles, the better for me. But we usually have a wide variety of people show up, so no matter how far or fast you feel like running, there will likely be someone there to keep you company. Meet at the Tryon Creek Nature Center on Terwilliger at 8am to join the fun.

Peacock Lane. Monday, December 15, 6:00pm. A fun annual tradition that is as much about the amazing post-run potluck as the run to/from the lights of Peacock Lane. Bring a headlamp and reflective gear for the 6 mile run from the NE Foot Traffic location (4020 NE Fremont) to Peacock Lane and the return trip back via Laurelhurst Park and Grant Park. Foot Traffic is always kind enough to stay open for us after the run, where you can do some holioday shopping, as well as enjoy the spread of great food. The message board will have more details about the run and what people plan to the potluck as the date gets closer.

New Years Eve. Wednesday, December 31, 8:30am. The annual Wildwood Trail tradition continues. There are usually 5 different distance options, ranging from as short as 10 miles up to the whole enchilada – the full 30.1 mile length of Wildwood from end-to-end. There will be a post on the message board with details about where to meet if you want to opt for 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 miles, but the way this works is that everyone meets at the point they plan to finish at 8:30am, then carpool to the far north end of Wildwood at Newberry for a 9:00 group start. So get New Years Eve off and start thinking about how far you want to run as a purge before you splurge that night to wrap up 2014 and ring in the New Year.

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