Have you ever been driving down a busy road on a cold fall day, and as you reach to turn up the heat (with hopes it will warm up your car faster), you see someone RUNNING? Outside. In shorts. And you think, WHY? Why would they run in this weather? Why are they wearing shorts? Why would they run at all? Well, I’m going to tell you why because I’m the runner! They are out running because of the fresh fall air. The colorful leaves crackling under their tennis shoes. The proud feeling they get of accomplishment. The shocked faces of people bundled up in their suburbans as they see them sprinting along the sidewalk.

There are a couple of things that make running even better than what I just described: friends and good causes. Races are a great reason to spend time with old friends or to make new ones. Also, races are generally put on to support a local charity or group in need. See below for a list of several races in Utah Valley this month that promise to be filled with friends and good causes! Visit our Calendar of Events to find out more details on each race.

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Turkey Triathlon & 5K

Date: November 4

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Orem Fitness Center

Good Cause: To provide a safe learning environment to empower clients, especially the youth, at Telos Residential Treatment.



Run4Paula 5K

Date: November 11

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Saratoga Spring Marina

Good Cause: Support Paula de Santiago who was paralyzed in a serious car accident in Saratoga Springs in 2015.


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Utah Santa Run

Date: November 17

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: The Shops at the Riverwoods

Good Cause: Ogden Christmas Village & other causes


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Pilgrim 5K

Date: November 23

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Thanksgiving Point Gardens

Good Cause: Support Thanksgiving Point in their mission to provide transformative family learning.

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Thankful 13

Date: November 23

Location: MATC in Lehi

Time: 8:00 AM

Good Cause: Support the Now I Can Foundation and provide resources for children with disabilities to reach their full potential.

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Earn Your Turkey

Date: November 23

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Orem Fitness Center

Good Cause: Supports Kids on the Move, a program designed to provide services for families with children who have special needs.