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The December event has been one of Northern Michigan’s main holiday non-competitive running events, with as many as 1000 runners and walkers joining together to run dressed up in holiday attire. The 5K route weaves through the lighted downtown and surrounding decorated neighborhoods of Traverse City.
While virtual, the event will offer ways to engage registered participants with a social media-based costume contest, and participants will be able to pick up their finisher souvenir at participating downtown retail stores to be announced.
The in-person experience annually held on the last Sunday in December, is converting to virtual in the interest of public health due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Going virtual keeps our supporters safely engaged and enables us to remain committed to our mission “to encourage health, fitness, community service, and family recreation, and competition through running/walking events and programs,” said Lisa Taylor, executive director of Traverse City Track Club.
With a virtual run/walk, participants register, run or walk the prescribed distance at the location/course of their choice between December 9th and 20th and have the option to submit their results online.
The TCTC Jingle Bell Run historically supports an area non-profit cause, and this year participants will have the option to donate to the TCTC Golden Shoe Fund, a TCTC program established in 2007 that partners with Running Fit to help area high school track and cross country runners facing financial hardship to obtain shoes necessary for safe running. This year’s Golden Shoe fund-raising goal is $2,000.
In addition, registrants are encouraged to check out The Downtown Relief Fund, created by the Downtown Development Authority to support downtown small businesses during trying times related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Jingle Bell virtual event is open for registration through December 20th, 2020. The event is free, but to be eligible for costume prizes, participants must be officially registered.
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