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On December 21, Winter Solstice, also known as the longest and darkest day of the year is the perfect time for the Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k. The tradition of night running on the beach is back again. No need to worry about the darkness because the course will be lit by luminarias and all pre-registered runners will receive glow necklaces. The 5:30pm race starts and ends under the Christmas lights of the Manhattan Beach pier. Participants will be heading north on the hard sand to 45th street and then return back to the pier. Normally running on the sand can be difficult, but the low tide creates a solid surface to race on. It would be more like running on a trail or dirt road. Mile markers are placed throughout the course so those looking to push their limits can easily keep track of their pace. Those looking to enjoy the scenery can walk the race too. Besides the 5k race, there are three different races for the little ones. The Elves Dash 1k (ages 7-12) starts at 6:30pm, the Little Elves 400 meter dash (ages 3-6) starts at 6:40pm and the Crawlers 50 meter race (ages 2 and under) starts at 6:50pm. As you can tell this event is for the entire family. Since it is still early the cost is not too expensive. Adults are $35 and kids are $30. This race definitely sounds like fun since I have never been part of a night race. I think it would be a great idea to get an Intrepid team to participate. If anyone is interested go ahead and let me know and we can put something together.
In Teams of 3:
Cash Out- Rope Climb Skills and Foam Roll
*One person works, one person does active rest, and one person rests