Saint Martin’s University Kicks off the Jingle Bell Run



Submitted by Saint Martin’s University 

Jingle Bell Run 1Register today for the 4th Annual Jingle Bell Run at Saint Martin’s University! This festive and very popular fundraiser for Saints Athletics will be held Saturday, December 5 on the University’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

We are expecting 1,000 participants to run, walk or stroll this five-kilometer race that’s set against Saint Martin’s beautiful wooded campus, which will include trails and a great view of a decorated Christmas tree in front of Old Main.

“The Jingle Bell Run offers fun for the whole family and it’s a great time of year to focus on health and fitness,” says Dana Pethia, director of fundraising events and corporate sponsors. “We are deeply thankful for the amazing community support for this event. And Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here — we hope you will be, too, to have your picture taken with them!”

People of all ages may participate. Awards will be presented to those who place in the 9 a.m. competitive 5K Run and for the team that is the most festively adorned.

Pre-registered runners can pick up their swag bags December 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. Check-in and ‘day-of’ registration and swag bag pick-up begins at 8 a.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center on December 5.

The 5K competitive race begins at 9 a.m. outside the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Because this is a competitive race, participants must be able to complete it in 30 minutes or less. The 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9:45 a.m.  All registered runners will be timed. Finish-line celebrations, featuring pictures with Santa, Christmas cookies, hot cider and cocoa, fruit and bagels, will immediately follow the races.

Saint Martin's UniversityAll proceeds will benefit Saint Martin’s Athletics. The Thurston County Food Bank will be joining us on December 5 for a holiday season food drive. Please bring non-perishable food items that day. A representative from the food bank will be operating a table and accepting more donations at the event.

Those who provide a food donation on December 4 or 5 at race pre-registration will be entered into a drawing.

Registration fees are as follows: Adult pre-registration (until December 5), $40; military, $30; middle school, high school and college students (with valid I.D.), $10; day-of registration; kids 11 and under, FREE (does not include the t-shirt, or swag bag). Additional t-shirts are available for purchase at pre-registration and at race, December 4 and 5, $10/each.  While supplies last!

Parking is free.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Orthopaedic Associates PLLCColumbia River Advisors,Capital Medical Center, Flatworld LLC, L & E BottlingPuget Sound OrthopaedicsMissing Piece Marketing, and Capitol City Press.


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