With appearances from Santa and some dancing reindeer – plus chances to win early presents – the second annual Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K fun run is set to kickstart this year’s holiday festivities starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 1, at the Addicks Park and Ride.
The fun run – benefiting Memorial Assistance Ministries – is poised to become a holiday classic. Organizers says the event proved to be a hit last year, with post-race surveys providing positive reviews.
This year’s jovial run will be stocked with prizes, giving participants chances to win vacations, bikes and apparel. But the real joy, organizers say, is the opportunity to forge healthy lifestyles by encouraging people to run via a fun event.
Runners are encouraged to don holiday attire and bring along a holiday spirit.
Festive participant bibs and performance tech t-shirts will go to each participant, along with an abominable snow monster finishers medal, a Santa hat and a jingle bell. Runners 21 and up can savor complimentary post-race Christmas Ale refreshments from Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
A kids 1K kicks off the event at 8:10 a.m. The 5K/10K fun run and walk portion begins at 8:30 a.m. on a flat and fast, out-and-back course along Park Row Drive.
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) will be on site collecting toys. The 30-year-old social services provider for West Houston hopes to reach 700 children and families in need, so each donated toy counts. MAM requests that toys do not include stuffed animals, board games or computer games.
At last year’s inaugural Jingle All The 5K, 400 participants joined nine generous corporate sponsors for the event. More than 100 toys were collected, and a portion of the run’s registration and sponsorship proceeds went to MAM to help families in need.
Fun runners can register for the 2018 Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K by clicking here.