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I’ve wanted to run the A Christmas Story Run for years. But, I just haven’t been able to travel to Cleveland to do it. Enter the virtual A Christmas Story Run 5k/10k for 2020. I was so excited to be a part of the race experience, even if it was running here in my own state of Florida.
A Christmas Story is my favorite Christmas movie, hands down. It is one I have to watch every year with my family. A tradition we have had for years now. It’s just a fun movie, based upon the stories of Jean Shepard. When the film was released in 1983, it quickly became a classic that has a huge following and love to this day.
I ran my virtual 10k on December 12th with my running group. The weather was in the mid-50s when I started, and was actually appreciated with weather being in the 40s the week prior. I suppose the 40s would fit the theme a bit better, but what can I say, I’m a Florida girl!
During the run, I got to enjoy the Christmas holiday lights and decorations that many of the houses in the neighborhood had up that we ran through. I love seeing the holiday lights during Christmas time, and since we run in the dark most of the time, it is definitely a perk this time of year. Unfortunately though, I didn’t see any leg lamps in the window of any of the homes.
The race swag for A Christmas Story virtual run was really nice. Participants got a nice green hoodie with the A Christmas Story Run logo on it, a nice red beanie, a medal and of course, a race bib. I didn’t get to wear the bib or the gear until later however, since it arrived after I completed my virtual 10k run.
This was definitely a fun themed virtual that I enjoyed doing. With 2020 basically becoming the “year of the virtual races” for runners, the themed races like A Christmas Story were among my favorites. I don’t know if they will offer a virtual option next year if the actual race takes place in Ohio, but I recommend the virtual race experience if you are unable to do the in-person race.