By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
Take the Santa suit, elf ears and jingle bells out of the closet then costume up for holiday runs this month.
Holiday 5Ks are a great way to exercise and help offset some of those extra calories that come with the season. From cookies to pies; the temptations are endless. Another benefit is being able to dress festive for the running event and possibly win a prize for the effort. Several holiday inspired running events will be offered in the area.
The Collegeville Economic Development Corp. is hosting their annual Jingle Jog 5K Saturday afternoon. The 5K run and walk will begin 3 p.m. from 217 E. Main St., Collegeville. Part of run is on the Perkiomen Trail. After the race, Santa himself will make an appearance. There will be raffle prizes, goody bags and musical performances. Attendees can also visit the Collegeville Station for some holiday shopping. Registration will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Valley Forge Running Company. The store is located at 305 2nd Ave. For more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Collegeville/COLLEGEVILLE5KJINGLEJOG.
The Pottstown Funky Santa 5K and Three-Person Relay is Sunday morning. The 5K individual run and 5K relay starts 9:15 a.m. from Montgomery County Community College. The address is 101 College Drive. A fun run will follow immediately after the 5K. Prizes will be awarded to best holiday costume for an individual male and female as well as a team. There will also be prizes for top finishers and random drawings. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday. The fee is $20 per person or $45 per team. For more information, visit makebreak.com/Funky%20Santa%20entry%202015.pdf.
There will be a Run Santa Run 5K on Dec. 12. The community is invited to join the festivities in their holiday best. The first 800 people registered will get free elf outfits. A half-mile kids run starts at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K race begins 10 a.m. from 705 Penn Ave. in West Reading. The entry fee is $30 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run. Same day registration begins 8:30 a.m. There will be awards for top finishers and door prizes. For more information call 610-320-9097 or visit www.lovewestreading.org/events/run-santa-run-5k.html#.VIERKWTF-Qx.
Pretzel City Sports will have their annual Humbug Bustle on Dec. 20. The 5K race will begin 11 a.m. from the Trooper Thorn’s Irish Beef House. The restaurant is located at 451 Morgantown Road in Reading. Each runner 21 and over will get a free beer with their entry. The run is on the Thun Trail. Same day registration starts at 10 a.m. The fee is $28. Prizes will go to best holiday costumes and top finishers. For more information call 610-779-2668 or visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/userfiles/file/15%20hbb%20app.pdf.