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Ghouls and goblins go running for fun
Instead of waiting until after Christmas and into the New Year to start a healthy resolution, why not do it now? Better still, pick a charity run, and you can raise some money for a good cause at the same time.
The Halloween Howler 5k Fun Run in Holyrood Park sounds like it will be a really fun event, and will raise money for Stroke Association. The charity researches strokes to further advances in prevention and post-stroke treatment, and also provides information for families and individuals who have been affected.
The event (and there's also Howlers in London, Strathclyde Park, and Manchester) has a registration fee to cover the costs of organising the event, and all of the sponsorship money that you raise will go directly to the charity. You can sign up by following this link.
The Fun Run has the dual purpose of encouraging people to be more aware of their own health and take regular exercise, while also raising money for Stroke. In training for the event, you'll be reducing your own chance of a stroke in future. That's definitely a reason to start a healthier lifestyle before the Christmas splurge.
An individual adult ticket is £10, and children under-16 are £5. If you're getting your own children involved then you can buy a family ticket for £25.
The unique, fun appeal of this run is that everyone will be encouraged to dress up for Halloween, and there'll be a fun, Halloween themed warm-up before the run starts. The Stroke website has some ideas of how you can incorporate Halloween into your running gear, if you're not ready for a 5K run in full panda suit. My own suggestion is that you take a rubber chicken, paint your face and go as Fantastic Mr. Fox, running away from his pursuers with booty in hand.