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December fun runs help you meet your running goals

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The month of December is filled with holiday parties, yummy foods, baked goods and a lot of activities that may cut into your training time and impact your running goals.

Make time for a December fun run or two to stay focused on your goals while running off some of those extra holiday calories.

Visit Riverside Runners on Rivermont Avenue to stay on top of scheduled runs. Some runs are only open to members of the Lynchburg Road Runners.

If you're not a member of the Lynchburg Road Runners, you should consider joining this great group of local runners. Membership is open to all ages and abilities and you'll find plenty of encouragement and fellowship from club members.

The Riverfront Challenge Frosty Footrace will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 on the Percival's Island trail in downtown Lynchburg.

Participants will run or walk two miles, eat two small cups of Turkey Hill ice cream and run or walk two miles back to the Percival's Island parking lot. The goal is to accomplish this within one hour.

The Frosty Footrace is always a favorite with local runners. Many families join in the frosty fun too. Online registration is open and there's also race day registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Also on Dec. 14, runners will enjoy the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Farmville. There will be a 5K run/walk and a fun run starting at 9 .m. at the First Avenue field. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, runners of all ages are invited to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Riverside Runners for the annual Jingle Bell Fun Run.

No registration is required and you can run any distance up to five miles. Prizes will be awarded for best holiday spirit so dress accordingly and plan to stay for cookies and cocoa after the run.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Christmas Eve Run is a Christmas Eve tradition in Lynchburg. Meet at the E.C. Glass High School parking lot at 8 a.m. and run part or all of the Virginia 10 Miler course.

All are welcome and treats and refreshments will be served after the run. The Christmas Eve Run is an opportunity for fun and fellowship with your fellow runners.

Ring in 2014 with the Lynchburg Road Runners New Years Day Run. Meet at Riverside Park at 9 a.m. Stay focused on your running goals all winter to be prepared running in 2014.

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