Running a holiday-themed race or fun run this season? Well, it’s the perfect time to take your running gear up a notch and sport a colorful, holiday-inspired costume! The Lexus LaceUp Riverside Reindeer Run is Sunday, Dec. 3 and a good time to roll into the holidays with some red and green gear.

5 Reasons to Dress Up for Your Holiday Race


Still hesitant? Here are 5 reasons to run a holiday race in costume…

  1. Make new running buddies…

Dress up like a reindeer and find the rest of your pack, or run as an elf and ask other elf-runners what they’re working on in Santa’s Workshop. It sounds a little cheesy, but on race day there are tons of high-fiving strangers and random chattings around the start line. A fun costume is a great conversation starter.


The nervous energy of race morning can make us want to talk and connect with fellow runners and wearing something fun is an easy way to lighten the mood and focus on fun. Even if your new friendship only lasts 6.2 miles (or maybe 13.1) – it makes the race a more memorable experience.

5 Reasons to Dress Up for Your Holiday Race

  1. Get your money’s worth from that ugly sweater…

Ugly sweater parties are now a super common holiday tradition. So you might already have one – might as well get your money’s worth from it! Feel free to bust it out a second time and wear it for your holiday race this year. Hey, the LaceUp post-race parties rival the best holiday get-togethers! This might end up being the most fun you have in that itchy thing.

Bonus points if it lights up!

5 Reasons to Dress Up for Your Holiday Race


  1. One word: Sparkle

There is so much sparkle in holiday decorations…twinkling lights, snowflakes, shiny ribbons, the star at the top of a Christmas tree…and now YOU! Get in the holiday fun run spirit by dressing up in glittery green and red gear.

Running a race in a sparkly skirt or headband is super festive without necessarily being a costume. So you can wear something like a red or green sparkle skirt or holiday edition compression socks again and again.

Bonus: It will be easier for your family and friends to spot you as you race by in sparkly clothes or a light-up headband.

5 Reasons to Dress Up for Your Holiday Race


  1. It’ll put the finishing touch on that Christmas playlist for running you’ve been listening to…

While some people groan at the start of holiday tunes the day after Halloween…it’s finally time to embrace Christmas classics – especially songs that are great for running! Add Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ and other holiday/workout friendly songs to your playlist and enjoy the gift of running while getting into the holiday spirit.

There are tons of great Christmas songs to listen to while you run! One of the best ones actually has the word “run” in the title – twice! This is Run Run Rudolph by Kelly Clarkson…

And you can channel Rudolph even better if you’re running dressed like him.


  1. Santa should WIN!

If you dress up as Santa Claus most runners will NOT want to pass you for fear of ending up on the Naughty List!

Do not – I repeat DO NOT pass Santa Claus on a run. Apparently, that’s grounds for sending you straight to the naughty list no matter how good you’ve been this year. You’ve been warned. (Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because that guy is fast and I don’t think I could pass him if I wanted to)

Life Hack: If you dress up like Santa Claus no one will want to pass you


5 Reasons to Dress Up for Your Holiday Race

Monica is a Health Coach and RRCA certified running coach living in southern California. She blogs at, sharing adventures of running and eating delicious food all across the USA. “RER” started as a way to document her weight loss journey and training for her first marathon – now it’s updated daily with tips, recipes and more! Follow along at and on Instagram @RunEatRepeat.

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