If you listen closely outside our clinic the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November, 23), you’ll hear the jingle of a few hundred bells. Snow or shine, hundreds of people gather outside our clinic, strap some bells around their ankles, and run or walk 5 kilometers to support the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
“There is a need for toys in our area and our employees embrace this event,” said Libby Auger, ATC at the Orthopedic Sports Center and organizer of the event. “Our employees buy shirts, donate toys, and volunteer to work at the event in order to make it happen.”
Around 400 people participated in the event last year. So organizing the event, tracking times, and handing out prizes is a lot of work. But it’s well worth it. In fact, our employees are in the middle of preparing for the event right now.
“I do it because it helps the kids,” Auger said. “When we have good weather we end up collecting a larger amount of toys. So we’re hoping the weather cooperates this year.”
The Jingle Bell 5K is a friendly competition, but many see it as a chance to get into the Holiday spirit. In addition to the hundreds of bells worn by participants, some dress in costumes and use it as an opportunity to gather with friends and family.
Registration for the Jingle Bell 5K costs $20 with a toy/gift donation, $30 without, by November 15. After November 15, registration costs $30 with a toy/gift donation and $40 without.
5k Map – PDF