The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k is the sister race to the annual summer Manhattan Beach 5k.
The Manhattan Beach 5k takes place each June and coincides with the Summer Solstice, the longest day of sunlight for the year. The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k was scheduled for the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of sunlight for the year.
The solstice provides an extremely low tide, creating ideal running conditions for on the hard-packed sand.
Each participant received a cotton t-shirt and a glow necklace. The timing chips were conveniently attached to our bibs.
The Manhattan Beach Pier glowed with holiday lights which reflected on the dark waves and the wet sand.
In the darkness, you could see the fluorescent glow of the necklaces moving along the beach.
The course was an out and back loop along the water. The well-packed sand was the perfect surface for running since it was just like running on a dirt trail.
I had so much fun running on the beach. The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k was the perfect race to get me into the holiday spirit.