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Attention local runners: Sign up for these 7 New Year’s Day races to kick off 2020

Whether running’s been a part of your routine for a while now, or one of your resolutions is to get into the sport, these fun races will have you sprinting into 2020 with a runner’s high.

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Ring in the new year, and the new decade, at these Northern Virginia races. From a beer mile to a 50-kilometer course, here’s where runners of all levels can enjoy New Year’s Day in the region.

Fairfax Four Miler
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
Say goodbye to 2019 with this 4-mile race and ring in the new year with thousands of other DMV runners as you traverse through Old Town, Fairfax and George Mason University. In its 11th year, the Fairfax Four Miler is a favorite for its post-race pizza party, cozy sweatshirts as race swag and camaraderie. // Race beings near Pacers Fairfax: 10420 N. St., Fairfax; $38-$48

2020 New Year’s Day 5k & 10k
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7 a.m.
Start your year off on an active foot and choose between the 5K or 10K race being held alongside the Rappahannock River in historic Fredericksburg. The race also offers a virtual run option for those who can’t make it to the course on race day. // Old Mill Park: 2410 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; $12-$40

Red Eye 50km
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 8 a.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors at this race held throughout Prince William Forest Park. (Note: Racers will need to pay the National Park Service entrance fee on the way out, $5 to $7.) This 50-kilometer course features groomed forest trails, and consists of three repeats of a 10-mile loop. Or, if you don’t like the recommended course, you can just run anywhere you want to! Why? Because this race is just for fun; there are no registrations, no trophies, no T-shirts or entry fees, just the opportunity to run forest trails with friends. // Prince William Forest Park: 18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle; free

New Day * New Year 5k & 10k
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m.
The third annual New Day * New Year 5K & 10K celebrates the holiday with a fun run or walk in which all participants receive race swag at the finish line, and enjoy a post-race breakfast at House 6 Brewing with food trucks and beers on tap. // House 6 Brewing: 44427 Atwater Drive, Ashburn; $20-$35

New Year’s Day 5k
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m.
For this race, the start time is 10 a.m. which means you can still stay out late for New Year’s Eve and have plenty of time to sleep in. At the end, there will be music, food and a fun New Year’s Day party. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; $40-$45 

Predictions and Resolutions 5K
Wednesday, Jan. 1, noon-1:30 p.m.
Overindulged on New Year’s Eve? Run it all off at this race, easily accessible via Metro or car. The course features rolling hills on the Custis Trail with a net downhill last mile, followed by a flat section to finish. // Washington-Lee High School: 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington; $10

Winchester Beer Mile
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1-4 p.m.
If running and beer are two of your favorite things, then this is the New Year’s Day race for you! The Beer Mile is a drinking game that combines running and speed drinking, taking place on a .25-mile course. Racers begin by consuming a 12-ounce beer, followed by a full lap around the course, and then so on until a total of four beers and laps are completed. Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty lap at the end of the race. Not a drinker? No worries, there’s a non-alcoholic option as well. // Escutcheon Brewing Co.: 142 W. Commercial St., Winchester; $30

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