Dashing through the snow is a proven strategy to torch the calories from holiday overindulgence. And you need it: After months of fall and winter fare, that spare tire proves you've been partaking of the spirit of the season.
If you've been drinking too much mulled wine and not enough Vitamin Water, the Treasure Valley YMCA has an avenue to combat winter weight gain. That avenue runs due north on 15th Street and into the Highlands along the course of the annual YMCA Christmas Run.
With a hilly 10K option for the truly ambitious and a flat 2.5-mile route for speed demons, almost anyone can find a way to enjoy a walk, jog or dash in the name of holiday spirit.
Participants are invited to don holiday-themed costumes, from Santa hats to reindeer headgear. Prizes go to the runners with the best costumes, so be sure to go all out.
For extra motivation, enjoy the rah-rahs of cheerleaders and carols from local choirs, who will be stationed strategically along the course to provide encouragement.
For an hour before the event's 10 a.m. start, Santa and a few elves will be on hand, so you and your kids can remind him that you need a new pair of Nikes or a heart rate monitor for Christmas.
The lead up to Christmas can be a slog, but that doesn't mean you have to sit by the fire and watch the kids play video games until the end of the year. Check out the Christmas Run and stay fit instead.
Advanced registration has already closed, so you'll have to pony up an extra $10 ($40 total) to join the race. Registrations is accepted until 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.