RaceThread.com: Most Family Friendly Running Races

Most Family Friendly Running Races

June 25th, 2017

by Michael Ryan


Not all races require you to push your fitness limits or network. A few runs are designed to provide nothing but pure fun. Regardless of the size and nature of your family, you can participate in running events that are designed to entertain the entire family. Here are some family friendly running races that you can take part in.



NYC Half / Times Square Kids’ Run

Location: New York

Date: March 19, 2017

Run up to the half of the race and you will be rewarded with an incredible view of Manhattan hotspots, which start from Central Park and finish at Wall Street. You can also enjoy the great scenic views when you go through Battery Park and especially, Times Square. The race is open to kids aged 7 to 18. Plus, the kids who participate in the race will be able to take part in the Times Square Kids’ Run for free. This frolic adventure spans up to 1,500-meters.



Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon

Date: April 29, 2017

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

The racing series that goes through the heart of Tennessee’s capital includes different events, including a marathon and a half-marathon, as well as a race for kids. This program is for kids in middle and elementary school. The concluding event is a 1-mile run around the Nissan Stadium. There is enough entertainment that is provided to make the whole family happy including rock, blues, jazz and soul bands to offer endless end-less entertainment. You can also enjoy complimentary drinks and food at the finish line for free, as well as some live music.



Tuck Fest

Date: April 21-23, 2017

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Another adventurous day for the whole family is the Tuck Fest. The entire event spans over 35 miles and 3 days. Your whole family can take part in the Tuck Fest.

Participants can choose from five trail runs including a quarter and a half marathon, two 5Ks and a children’s 2K. The 2 event is open to all children who are 8 to 12 years old. The course follows the world’s largest man-made whitewater river as well as a single-track portion that makes its way through the pines on North Carolina’s bright red clay. The event also features mountain biking, family obstacle courses, kayaking, bouldering, and stand-up paddle boarding.



See Jane Run Half Marathon

Date: July 9, 2017

Location: Seattle, Washington

An exclusive female-focused running event comprises of a series. The race also welcomes men and features three waterfront courses along with a 5K, a half marathon and a kids’ mile.

If you take part in the 5K run, you will pass through Fremont, running along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The one-mile race welcomes runners who are 12 years of age or older. The course is along the iconic Gas Works Park. All participants get a t-shirt, a medal and some organic chocolate.

Adults get a champagne glass that is filled with bubbly as a memento. Another major highlight of the race is the ‘80s-inspired group warmup prior to the 5K race and half marathon.



River Valley Run Trail Festival

Date: August 19, 2017

Location: Manchester, Maryland

No need to worry if you have young family members as this race is open to children who are 2 to 5 years old. The event is a running extravaganza with world famous festivities. It also features a 15K trail race, 5K and 10K events. Each of the races begins with a mesmerizing performance of the national anthem. The event is an adventurous treat for kids and their parents to enjoy pony rides, face painting and much more.



Freedom’s Run

Date: September 30, 2017

Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Be ready to receive a strong dose of American history in this West Virginian racing series. The marathon course runs almost entirely on National Park land and makes its way through three different National Parks. You also pass the famous Harper’s Ferry and the Antietam National Battlefield. The racing event also comprises of 5K, 10K and a half marathon with a 1-mile kids’ run. Local business owners cheer young runners by lining the course as the free race shuts down the road. You and your family can enjoy many post-race festivities including beer and some great music.



Hershey Half Marathon

Date: October 15, 2017

Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania

You will have a great time at this racing event as you and your loved ones can eat chocolate and tour an amusement park thanks to this race via the Hersheypark. The course runs through Hershey, Pennsylvania and passes the Milton Hershey School, Milton S. Hershey’s home and Chocolate Avenue.

All runners are happy to visit the chocolate-themed aid station (after mile 11) prior to finishing the race inside Hersheypark stadium. Lots of fun and adventure for everyone especially kids. Hershey’s characters do a great job at cheering young participants. Each half finisher receives two tickets to Hersheypark in the Dark.

Running together can be a great opportunity to bond with your family. You will spend considerable time with your spouse and kids during preparation and during the event itself. So, if you are interested in participating in a race with your entire family, you can sign up for any of the family friendly running races mentioned above. 

Keywords: Family Friendly Running Races, United States, Marathon, 5K, 10K, Kids Run

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