Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Lights Run

One of my favorite running traditions comes in the month of December when I skip an early morning outing in lieu of hitting the streets at night to take in the Christmas lights.  As a family, we always make several driving trips around the neighborhoods to see the lights, but seeing them by foot is the way to go.  I load up the iPod with some Christmas tunes and I head out the door for an hour or two.

A sweet place for a Christmas lights run is McArthur Ranch.  This neighborhood to the east of Highlands Ranch and is primarily horse properties with lots of land.  There is a nice four mile figure eight loop to run that is half paved and half dirt roads with non-existent car traffic.  With houses spread far apart and no street lights at all, the Christmas lights are spectacular.  They jump out of the darkness and just look awesome.

This tree is over 30' tall. 
I didn't take a lot of pictures since any night pictures I take all come out blurry and uninspiring.  Maybe if I ran with a tripod strapped to my back, I could actually get some nice shots.  Case in point below...

I just couldn't hold the camera still to capture this wagon.  But each shaky effect was a little different.
One of my favorites, but the pic just doesn't do it any justice.
With most Christmas lights still on display, there's still time to see them on the run.


  1. I used to do this with a friend of mine every year for quite a few years. It left me opened to quite a few jokes. Yeah, I am going out with a buddy on a Christmas light run. You can connect the dots.

  2. Haha, I can see how the door for ridicule is wide open. I'll probably keep this going as a solo tradition. Still on the cheesy side, and certainly not a new idea, but I enjoy it as something different from the daily grind.