Although it’s been a decade since I graduated from high school, I’m still haunted by memories of my days on the cross country team. Many of my friends from those days still like to participate in the many “fun runs” that dot the calendar. But to me, the words “fun” and “run” don’t go together all that well, especially when you’re jumping through fire or being chased by zombies.
As the College Station Parks & Recreation Department prepares for the 23rd annual Jingle Bell Fun Run prior to the B/CS Christmas Parade on Dec. 2, my job as the department’s marketing coordinator takes on a new challenge — how to convince people like me to participate.
With that spirit in mind, I present the top 10 reasons for you to take part:
- It will give you permission to enjoy those holiday sweets — or an extra serving of eggnog.
- You can run with your favorite four-legged furry friend.
- You get a 100 percent cotton long sleeve t-shirt as proof you participated.
- Kids can join in, which means nap time for you later.
- You get to be part of the B/CS Parade without sitting on a float for three hours.
- We provide the jingle bells; you provide the shoe laces.
- When you’re done, we’ll shuttle you back to your car.
- We don’t time you, so your results won’t end up all over the internet.
- All proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Brazos Valley.
- Running is optional!
Makes you want to lace ‘em up and head to the starting line, doesn’t it?
The two-mile run starts at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue and ends at the corner of Texas Avenue and Villa Maria. The $15 entry fee includes the t-shirt. You can register online through Nov. 29 at rectrac.cstx.gov, in-person at the Parks & Recreation Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd., or on race day from 12:30-1:30 p.m. near the starting line.
For more information, call 979.764.3486 or e-mail email@example.com.
I’ll see you at the finish line!