Holiday season options for staying in shape


Special to the Miami Herald

If you are looking to stay in shape for the upcoming marathon over the holidays, you might want to check out some of these upcoming events.

There are a variety of ways to keep up your strength and keep your waist line trim, including turkey trots, two-day cycling excursions and an Amazing Race.


The Run Miami movement continues to surge in South Florida.

Nowhere will that be more evident than on Thanksgiving morning at Tropical Park, where approximately 6,000 local residents begin their holiday by participating in the annual Baptist Health South Florida Turkey Trot, presented by Publix.

Runners and walkers will be as young as 2 and as old as 81.

With a 10K, 5K and kid’s races, the entire family is able to participate in the event managed by US Road Sports, which also produces the upcoming Miami Marathon and many other local races.

The 5K and 10K races will start at 7:30 a.m.

The Kid’s Trot will begin at 9 a.m. with a 100-meter race for 2- and 3-year-olds, a 200-meter race for 4- and 5-year-olds, a 400-meter race for 6- and 7-year-olds and a 600-meter race for 8- and 9-year-olds.

This year, the Turkey Trot is also partnering with Camillus House, South Florida’s oldest and continually running charity, to help the poor and homeless in need of Thanksgiving meals by collecting canned goods from runners and their guests on race day.

Registration is available through Thanksgiving morning.

The fee is $30 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K and $15 for the Kid’s Trot.

Families that register four or more members receive $10 off their registration fee.

All participants receive a commemorative Turkey Trot T-shirt and are eligible for age-group awards.

Kids Race participants will receive a finishers medal.


The Miami Great Amazing Race will be held Sunday at Tree Tops Park in Davie, at 3900 SW 100th Ave.

The event for ages 5 and up is modeled after the popular TV show, The Amazing Race.

During the competition, teams of two people will have to race around a one-mile course in competition with other teams, completing a string of up to eight challenges.

Clue Cards provided at each station directs teams to perform team-oriented tasks (relay, obstacle course, etc.) before proceeding to the next challenge station.

The participants who strive to arrive at the finish line with the fastest overall time will be declared winners.

CYCLING journey

The 2013 Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival on Dec. 6 will take riders on a two-day supported ride from Homestead-Miami Speedway to Key West.

The ride is 150 miles from start to finish, with the first day’s ride ending at Hawks Cay.

On the second day, the riders will race to the finish at Dantes Raw Bar in Key West.

Riders and their bikes will be shuttled back the next day.

For more information, visit: active.com.

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