Jingle Bell Run in Columbia MO

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California Fun Runs

It’s not hard to understand why California tops the nation’s list of healthiest places to live. With the beautiful weather and incredible views of both mountains and the ocean, it’s no wonder that many choose to do their workouts outdoors.


Below is a list of California’s Fun Runs. Pick one or two and experience some of what California has to offer!


Disneyland Superheroes Weekend

Runners Assemble! Disneyland’s Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend promises thrills, excitement, and plenty of Disney magic, with Disney characters and entertainment throughout the course. The 13.1 miles weaves through the Disneyland Resort and the historical streets surrounding the Resort area.


If a half-marathon isn’t quite your speed, consider participating in the Thor 10K. This race follows some of the same roads as the half-marathon but stays entirely within Disneyland Resort’s boundaries. What would a Disney experience be without Thor himself cheering you on?


If a half-marathon isn’t quite enough for your running appetite, check out the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge! This insane course doesn’t disappoint. This race combines both the half-marathon and the Thor 10K into one crazy weekend.


You can also check out the Spiderman 5K, runDisney Kids race, and many of the activities going on during this weekend of Disney fun!


Bay to Breakers

For the past 105 years, San Francisco has hosted the Bay to Breakers 12K race. This historic course begins at the San Francisco Bay, works its way through nine distinctive neighborhoods, and ends at the Great Highway, where the waves crash into the breakers. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed the race “a direct route to the city’s heart and soul.” Since its inception, over 2 million costumed runners have completed the course. Now that’s an impressive stat.


Avenue of the Giants

If running through a peaceful forest of giant redwoods is more up your alley, consider doing the Avenue of the Giants. This race is made possible by an independent green organization and one of the few marathons left without corporate sponsors. They also have a no headphones policy, so you’ll be enjoying the sounds of nature while you trek. Avenue of the Giants is a Boston Marathon qualifier and sounds like the perfect way to make your way through some fantastic forests.


The Dipsea Race

If trail running is more your style, consider the Dipsea Race. Begun in 1905, this is the oldest trail run in the United States. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling run, but the scenic 7.4- mile course is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world and is limited to 1,500


Top 3 Oregon Fun Runs

After hours upon hours of doing cleanouts and laying pipe sometimes you just need to find a way to work out letting go of solving other people’s plumbing problems. For a few other guys in our plumber’s union, and I, we started running. Nothing but you, some cronies, and the road. Perfection.

Running was the healthiest option I could think of destressing. After talking it over with some friends I learned they we of the same mindset. I was a perfect mind meld for the 6 of us.

Once we mastered the skill of running and learning how to commit ourselves to the sport, we started running races. It started with running 3k’s; then it was 5k’s then it was relaying.


The Eugene Marathon was the first 5k we signed up to run. It was a brief discussion over post-running beers. The next thing I knew we all committed to one another to at least give it a try. The next day one by one I received emails and text messages that my friends we signed up for the 5k. I reluctantly did so as well. Race day came. We took our places along with the thousands of others at the starting line. Winding our way through the University of Oregon campus to historic Hayward Field. It was magnificent to run my first 5k and end up in the center of Track Town USA! We all felt so united that we made a pact that day to run another race.


The Wild Rogue Relay was the first relay we ran. We each recruited one friend to make up a 12 person team. Our team name was Plumb Luck Running. After a few years of running 10k’s, we worked our way up to running 18-20 miles each. It was brutal training wise. But running along the Rogue River was enough of a visual distraction that I could quickly fly through 10 of the 20 miles and not even know it. When we finished, we thought that there was no way any other race could top the Rogue Relay’s scenic beauty. Wrong!


The first time I ran the Hood to Coast I wanted to cry. Not because of pain, but because of the beauty. I have lived in Oregon my entire life; I know how beautiful this state is. But to encounter its beauty on foot while running 15 miles of wilderness somewhere between Mount Hood and Seaside is something else. It was a religious experience with Mother Nature. It was Zen for all of us. We have made it a point to do the Hood To Coast every year. Every year I get anxious to get out on the trail and beat my times from the year before, we all do.


Plumb Luck has yet to run itself out of the Hood To Coast Relay or any of the other marathons in which we have participated. No matter what you run, whether it’s the Hood to Coast Relay or Pre’s trail in the heart of Eugene, it’s worth it. Oregon is one of the best places to be if you are a runner.


When Plumbers Run

We’re plumbers, and we love to run. Why? Because not all plumbers have plumbers crack. Not all plumbers fit the stereotype of overweight harry butt cracks. We’re fit, we’re good with tools, we don’t mind a mess, and we love to take part in marathons or fun runs to raise money for all sorts of charities. That’s right, we’re hot and love to give back! So, hang out with us while we go run and represent all plumbers (cracks or no cracks) in efforts to raise money for our countries charities.

Our most memorable charity is, you guessed it, the Jingle Bell Run in Colombia, MO. This is our hometown, and it started off more as something fun to do as coworkers. Well, we had SO much fun we kept signing up for all sorts of other runs until we ran out of them, locally. That’s when we decided to take this more serious and become a real running group- and we started signing up for national runs!

We’ve raised money for autism, cancer treatment for kids, human trafficking, funds to help the disadvantaged get free counseling, and so much more!

Here are our top three fun runs that we will be writing about:

1. Butte to Butte in Eugene, Oregon. This run goes from one “Butte” in town to another. It’s family friendly and fun for all ages.

2. NYC Marathon- we’re working our way to this one

3. As always the Jingle Bell Run. We’re hoping the team at Plumber Springfield MO will be there too!

We can’t wait to talk more about each run and what we learned- and the charities we would love to help raise more money for. Enjoy the blog, and chat soon!