The leadup to the holidays is a busy time. But if you’re looking to meet some new people, support a good cause and get some fresh air and exercise, then you’ll be able to achieve all at once.

Trim your waistline before you trim your turkey. The Going the Distance running group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 at the steps of the Running Room at Kinsmen Sports Centre (9100 Walterdale Hill).

People of all fitness levels are welcome to join, and proceeds from membership fees go to support the Edmonton Christmas Bureau, which provides festive meals for those less fortunate.