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During last week’s ice and snow, not many local runners were singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but, this weekend they may change their tune as the Galveston Santa Hustle fills the streets near Moody Gardens with hundreds of Santa look-alikes.

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Picking out gifts for our favorite runners ought to be easy — just go to the local running store and let the knowledgeable staff help to find the perfect gift. There’s a new gifting option, too, as subscription boxes and running have discovered each other.

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The mainland is on the move this weekend, with two events hitting the road Saturday. In Texas City, Walk A Mile in My Shoes returns to the Doyle Center to raise funds and awareness for CASA of Galveston County.

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The Turkey Trot events may be over, but more holiday-themed runs are filling the calendar for December. We may not be dashing through the snow here along the Gulf Coast, but there will still be plenty of jingle bells, candy canes and reindeer antlers out on the courses of events from Galvest…

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a big day for runners and in the Galveston County area it’s no exception. Both islanders and mainland residents have opportunities to share some fresh air with family and friends before the turkey is cooked.

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Running injuries aren’t fun, but learning to prevent them can be, especially when there’s wine, prizes and socializing involved. Divas Night Out, scheduled for Thursday, combines all these elements in an informative evening.

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The Houston Astros’ World Series victory is a testament to, among other things, the potential we all have to run just a little bit faster.

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After a nearly two-month wait, it’s finally time for the sixth annual Daily News Press Run. The 10K, 5K and kids 1K get underway Saturday near The Daily News’ Galveston office on Teichman Road.

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One of the best ways to get kids interested in walking and running is to make it fun, and an upcoming series of hikes at Galveston Island State Park gives the fun factor a seasonal spin by turning an outing on one of their nature trails into a “Zombie Apocalypse Hike.”

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As the weather begins to cool, many runners extend their mileage, and Sunday’s Space City 10 Miler gives runners the opportunity to stretch their goals beyond summer’s 5K and 10K races.

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As daily activities in the county return to normal, the running calendar is beginning to look more typical, as well. While some local runs have been canceled, including next week’s Miles for the Mainland in Texas City, other September events will continue, with some of them moved back a bit.

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Competing in a triathlon is child’s play this weekend, when the Captain Kid’s Triathlon returns to Moody Gardens on Sept. 17. The race gives boys and girls ages 6-14 a taste of the sport in a safe, fun environment.

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It’s been a tough few weeks for local sports teams, but today marks the return of competitive athletics to our waterlogged county. Ball High School’s annual cross-country meet gets underway Friday morning at East Beach at 8 a.m.

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Among the many things upended in Hurricane Harvey’s wake has been the fall running schedule, which was poised to kick off next weekend.

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Prospective triathletes can take the plunge Saturday at the last of three Swim and Sprint races on the Texas A&M-Galveston campus.

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Even casual readers of this newspaper have by now probably have seen the ads for the Daily News Press Run. The 5K and 10K run/walk and Kids’ 1K are scheduled for Sept. 9, and benefit Newspapers in Education, a program that provides newspapers and teaching guides to classrooms throughout Galv…

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There are ways to make running in August more bearable. Running in the dark hours, finding a course where there’s a steady breeze and cooling off with a cold beverage are all good strategies, and the Galveston Sand Crab 5K and 10K employs all of them.

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With no races scheduled in Galveston County this weekend, some local runners will be buzzing over to Clute for the Mosquito Chase 5K, since Clute is a straight shot across the San Luis Pass Bridge for islanders and a quick jaunt down Highway 6 for mainlanders.

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As a decades-long sun lover, it pains me to say this, but running and summer sun aren’t a healthy combination. Several medical studies have found that distance runners have an increased risk of skin cancer, largely because of their exposure to the sun.

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July 15 is the unofficial midpoint of summer, and it’s also an even bigger milestone: On Saturday morning, it will be exactly eight weeks until we toe the line at the fifth annual Daily News Press Run.

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One of the best ways to stay excited about running is to try a different form of it. Parkour instructor Mike Buchanek sees quite a few distance runners at the introductory Parkour class held weekly at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

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The Fourth of July is bookended by two traditions: the day ends with fireworks and begins with a patriotic-themed race. According to Running USA, July 4 is the second most popular day for races of all kinds, from one-mile sprints to marathons.

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Since this week brought the official start to summer, it’s definitely time to start thinking about adaptations for hot weather. 

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“We are what we repeatedly do,” according to Aristotle, and the summer Swim and Sprint series on the Texas A&M at Galveston campus offers participants the opportunity to repeat the same race three times over the course of the summer in order to get better at running, swimming and transit…

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A different triathlon will get underway Saturday morning when the first-ever WassSUP Triathlon heads to Galveston Bay. Like most triathlons, the WassSUP event starts with a swim but after running a 5K, participants grab their paddles for a mile of either kayaking or stand up paddling.

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A new weekly running and walking program offers a fun way for both seasoned runners and folks who are currently less active to get together and reach new goals.

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Got plans for January 14, 2018? If those plans include running the Chevron Houston Marathon or the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, it’s time to set the wheels in motion.

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Firefighting involves a lot more than running, but a 5K fun run is one of the events on tap at this weekend’s Firefighter Games in Texas City. The May 20 run is open to the public and gets underway at 7 a.m. in Rainbow Park near the foot of the Texas City Dike.

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It’s time for runners and walkers to come out of their shells and head for the Bolivar Peninsula, where the Texas Crab Festival 5K and 1K gets underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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After months of steady running, isn’t it time to give those feet a rest? With warmer weather, and especially warmer water, ahead of us, plenty of events are coming up that combine running and water sports.

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With perfect weather likely this weekend, it’s a great time to get out for a run or walk. Saturday’s Out Run Hunger 5K, 10K and Kid’s 1K races offer the chance to participate in a race and feed our Galveston County neighbors.

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Although it’s possible to become a runner at any age, starting at an early age may be the best. Would-be athletes can get a fun introduction to running and being active Saturday at College of the Mainland hosts a free Family Fitness Day starting at noon.

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The Cooper Institute in Dallas has many facets. It’s a training ground for all aspects of the fitness universe, from step instructors to cardiologists. It’s a comfortable resort-style hotel open to everyone looking for a North Dallas stay with great workout amenities and healthy food. Most o…

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It’s not every day that runners and walkers get to be part of a brand-new run, which makes this weekend’s My Sister’s Keeper Breast Cancer Fun Run an extra-special event. The April 8 fun run is scheduled for 8:30 Saturday morning at Carbide Park in La Marque.

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Spring training isn’t just for baseball. It can also be just what runners and walkers need to boost them to the next level. USA Fit-Galveston starts a spring training program next week with options for every kind of runner and walker.

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Specialty gyms aren’t anything new. There are specialized places for yoga, Pilates, Cross-Fit and boxing, and the newest tightly-focused gym is all about stretching. The Stretch Zone, a national chain of stretching gyms, has opened its first Texas facility in Houston.

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Everyone can be a hero, or at least dress like one, at next week’s Junior League of Galveston County Community Heroes 5K/10K Run.

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Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome at League City’s 10th annual Wellness Walk. “We have a timed 5K as well as our 1K fun run and walk,” event coordinator Lydia Rodriguez said. “There’s really something for everyone.”

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Saturday’s Causeway FunD Run combines a classic Galveston course, a good cause and a big party when it gets underway at The Galveston County Daily News parking lot. The 5K race raises scholarship funds for students at UTMB’s School of Health Professions.

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Runners looking for a way to avoid or recover from overuse injuries now have a new tool at their disposal. The University of Texas Medical Branch has widened the use of its antigravity treadmill from strictly physical therapy patients to the general population of runners.

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Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration hits its stride, so to speak, with Saturday’s Jolly Jester Jaunt. The annual 5K has been so popular that this year, there is a 10K as well.

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It’s ironic that, just as tracking heart rate has become much simpler, thanks to devices like Fitbits and Apple watches, interest in training according to percentages of maximum heart rate seems to have flagged.

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It’s a new year and a new course for the Galveston Marathon and Half Marathon. The race, scheduled for Feb. 12, now starts and finishes at Stewart Beach, and keeps the beach in sight throughout the course.

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Texas City will be putting the “fun” back in “fun run” at the upcoming Mainland Mardi Gras Fun Run Parade Run on Feb. 4. The fun run serves as the advance wave of Texas City’s Mardi Gras parade, complete with cheering crowds, beads and food and drinks at the finish line.

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If you can’t convince nine of your friends that the best way to spend a glorious weekend is alternating between running and being crammed in a smelly van, there’s still hope.

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Forget the Super Bowl — the area’s largest single-day sporting event takes place this Sunday, when the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon get underway in downtown Houston.

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Running is a great way to see the world. Whether it’s picking a destination marathon in a faraway country or sticking to a training plan despite being in a strange city, running brings the new environment up close.