Top 5 Fall 5K Races in North Texas 2015

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I am not a fantastic runner, in fact I just bought my first pair of real, grown up running shoes last fall. But when the weather starts to cool, one of the first things I do is find one or two 5Ks to run. I love the camaraderie that comes from running races and it’s great motivation to get up and move! Whether you want to beat your personal best or dress up like Santa and have fun with your friends, North Texas has a race you will love. Here are the Top 5 Fall 5K Races in North Texas this year:

Roller Coaster Race - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas - Wit & Wander 1. Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags Over Texas – Sept. 20, 2015

Run among the roller coasters at this high adrenaline 5K! You get a ticket to Six Flags with your registration and while you run the race, others will be riding a 5K on the roller coasters.

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas2. Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot – November 26, 2015

This race might just become your newest Thanksgiving Day tradition! Race through downtown Dallas with 5,000 of your closest friends. By the time you’re done, you will be ready for a giant Thanksgiving dinner! (Insider’s tip: Ride the DART downtown so you don’t have to worry about parking.)

Women Race for the Cure - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas3. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure – October 17, 2015

If you want to race for something that matters, this is one of the most inspiring races in the country. You will run alongside breast cancer survivors and women running in their honor.

That Dam Half - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas4. That Dam Half and 5K – October 18, 2015

Apart from having a ridiculous name, this race is during one of the most gorgeous times of year in Texas at a beautiful lake. Plus you receive a one-of-a-kind belt buckle finisher’s metal – could you ask for anything better!?

The Chocolate Frolic - Top 5 Fall 5Ks in North Texas5. The Chocoholic Frolic – December 6, 2015

This is the perfect race to start your holiday season. You can enjoy chocolate along the route and get rewarded with a Chocoholic Frolic Finisher Bar at the end of the race. You will also find melted chocolate and treats for dipping at the finish line.

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Purtis Creek State Park: A Babymoon Adventure Just Outside of Dallas

Purtis Creek State Park | The Dallas MomI have never been camping. My idea of ‘roughing it’ is a hotel that doesn’t serve breakfast! However, Daniel’s family LOVES camping and goes regularly, so it’s odd that for the four years of our marriage I have somehow avoided this rite of passage. Well, no longer! I am a camper – I have the bug bites to prove it!

I decided that we should go camping before we had a little one to complicate the matter and the perfect weekend coincided with my girl’s trip to Canton First Monday Trade Days. I planned our weekend – I would head over to Canton for the day with the girls then Daniel would pick me up at the end of the day. 1417709_10201503586488826_881059066_oWe would camp for the night and head back to Canton in the morning because he had never been. Unfortunately, I decided all of this two weeks before our trip. I had no idea at the time, but all the campsites near Canton fill up quickly during Trade Days, so when I looked on the website for Purtis Creek State Park the only campsites they had available were hike-in. I should have just stopped right then and tried for another day, but is that what I did? Of course not! I told the hubby I was up for it and we booked the hike-in campsite

1441534_10201503584088766_1752250702_nNow, just to remind you, this was our babymoon – I am seven months pregnant! We arrived with way too much stuff and hiked a mile into our campsite. We (well, Daniel) pitched the tent and started a fire. We had our dinner by the lake and watched the sun set while we ate s’mores.

It was actually a lot of fun – and it was wonderful to get away for an evening. We cooked hot dogs and watched a movie in our tent.

We saw a raccoon and a ten point buck. Of course it rained (when there was a ZERO percent chance!) while our rain flap was not on and our stuff got pretty wet, but it was a gorgeous night and I loved spending it under the stars with my best friend.

But can assure you that when I retell the story to our kids, it will definitely start with “You’ll never guess what your dad made me do…”


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