Saint Martin’s Jingle Bell Run Rings In Holidays


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin’s Jingle Bell Run, a holiday-themed five-kilometer race, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. The run, presented by Puget Sound Energy, will be held on the Saint Martin’s University campus. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, and the race starts outside of Marcus Pavilion. Runners can also pick up their packets on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center.

Participants can run, walk or stroll the five-kilometer route on Saint Martin’s wooded campus. A festive finish line celebration, including holiday refreshments and a visit with Santa, will immediately follow the race.

Not feeling up for a full 5k? Registration includes an option to run in the 1.5 mile fun run/walk and still enjoy the sights of Saint Martin’s University’s campus.

All ages may participate and age group awards will be presented. Proceeds of the race will benefit Saint Martin’s Athletics.

“This is a great way to spend time with family and friends, kick off the holiday season and support Saint Martin’s University at the same time,” says Brenna Batchelor, alumni relations manager at Saint Martin’s who is coordinating the race. “We have had such a positive response – over 400 registrants thus far! We anticipate this event to quickly become a tradition for the South Sound community.”

Registration fees are as follows: preregistration $35; military $30; high school and college students (with I.D.) $1 (no t-shirt included); day-of registration $45; kids 8 and under free (no t-shirt included). Registration includes a race-finisher long-sleeve t-shirt, chip timing by Accustat Sports Timing, Inc., a raffle entry (must be present to win) and a festive finish-line celebration. Parking is free.

The event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and L&E Bottling Company.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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