Running at night on the beach, surrounded by colorful lights? Sounds like a great Manhattan Beach tradition! The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K is by far the coolest race in town.
The Yuletide 5K takes place at 5:30 pm on December 21, the Winter Solstice, also known as the longest and darkest day of the year. But you don’t need to worry about darkness: The course is lit by luminarias, and all pre-registered runners (and same-day registrants while supplies last) receive glow necklaces.
The race starts and finishes under the Christmas lights of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Runners heat out north to the jetty at 45th Street, and then back. The super-low tide creates a perfect running surface of hard packed sand like a dirt road so running with or without shoes is an option (track spike are OK too!), as are baby joggers.
Kids are welcome to participate in the 5K, or else they can take part in age-specific kid runs: The Elves Dash 1K starts at 6:30pm (age 7-12); the Little Elves run 400 meters at 6:40pm (age 3-6); and Crawlers race 50 meters at 6:50pm (age 2 and under).
Registration is now open, so get in early and get ready to run (and glow!) on the 21st.