IHS track team takes over Jingle Bell Jog


December 8, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The 18th annual Jingle Bell Jog returns to Iola Dec. 19 with new organizers.
The Iola High School track team is hosting the 5K run and 3K walk for the first time.
“We are trying to keep everything the same so that it won’t be too stressful,” track team member Klair Vogel said.
Most of the activities will mirror previous Jingle Bell Jogs.
Runners and walkers will be adorned with bells tied to their shoelaces.
The race starts at the stroke of 1 p.m. in front of the Thrive Allen County office, 12 W. Jackson Ave., although activities begin at noon with a “Catch the Cookie” race and costume contests for children 10 and under. Winners get their own gingerbread houses.
Youngsters are especially encouraged to dress up, although runners of all ages are welcome to wear costumes, Vogel said
“The runners can dress any way they want, as long as they stay warm,” Vogel said.
Runners will make their way to the Prairie Spirit Trail.
Track team members will do the behind-the-scenes efforts, although some members may also run in the races, Vogel said.
“We are still trying to find helpers and volunteers,” Vogel said.
Registration is available by going to the “Jingle Bell Jog 2015” Facebook page. Sign-up sheets also are available at the Thrive Allen County office, 12 W. Jackson Ave.
Registration costs between $13 and $18. Each participant will get a dri-fit shirt.
Online registration runs until noon Dec. 18.

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