I do not like running, and the idea of watching other people run generally seems preposterous to me. But I will watch the seventh annual Jingle All The Way 8K, because it’s the first race my wife has ever entered. Here’s what I know: She will run roughly five miles on a “flat and fast” course through downtown Washington, surrounded by people in elf hats, Santa costumes, and various other getups—most holiday-themed, some not. Contestants are given small jingle bells to tie to their shoes. It’s dorky. So, the annual Jingle All The Way race is kind of like the Tweed Ride, except 1) it’s an actual competition, 2) people run instead of bicycle, 3) many participants are real athletes, and 4) there are (presumably) far fewer jerks in tweed. I asked my wife if she will wear the bells. She said she will.
The race begins at 9 a.m. at Freedom Plaza, 14th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free to view. Registration is $35-40.