We Jingled All the Way
The NYRR Jingle Bell Jog (5K) and first-ever Rising New York Road Runners at Jingle Bell Jog kicked off the holidays today in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. More than 5,200 runners, including hundreds of Rising New York Road Runners youth, enjoyed a festive morning of running and fitness activities, then refueled with hot chocolate and holiday-themed bagels.
Proceeds from the event support NYRR’s youth programs, which provide running programming and events for more than 267,000 kids in schools all over NYC and across the country. “Thank you for running with us today,” Michael Rodgers, NYRR’s vice president of development and philanthropy, told runners at the start. “Thanks to you, we’ll continue to keep youth running.”
All entrants received bells to wear on their sneakers. Many also sported the red-and-white striped headband that was today’s souvenir. And then there were the costumes—a Jingle Bell Jog tradition ranging from (really) ugly sweaters to Christmas onesies to full Santa suits.
Matthew Forys of the New York Athletic Club was the men’s 5K winner in 15:43, while Paige Yellen took the women’s title in 18:41. The Rising New York Road Runners at Jingle Bell Jog Stage 3 one-mile race winners were Azwad Sourav in 5:32 and Taylor Harris in 6:36.
Runners embrace the Jingle Bell Jog for many reasons. For some, it’s a chance to run a fun and manageable distance with family. Others—including members of NYRR Team for Kids—appreciate the opportunity to support the cause of youth health and fitness. Still others are glad for a fun fitness reminder during the busy and sometimes stressful weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. All were inspired today by the power of running to make lives better.
You can #Run5Give5 this month by joining us for five weekly running challenges that will help you stay active while supporting the next generation of runners. Your donations make a difference—thank you.