By Gene Ballew, Athletics & Tourism Manager
Sunday, Dec. 8 marks the 30th anniversary of the Jingle Bell Fun Run and is an ideal opportunity to mark “competing in a fun run” off your bucket list. The event starts at 2:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 3 p.m.
The run starts at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue and ends at the corner of Texas and Elm Avenue. We’ll have a shuttle waiting for you at the end of the route and, knowing how much dogs enjoy a brisk jaunt, they’re welcome, too.
To commemorate the run’s anniversary, we’ll feature more swag to complement your jingle bells and t-shirt so you can run (or walk) down Texas Avenue in style. The entry fee is only $15 and includes a shirt if you register by Nov. 17. The fee is $20 during the Nov. 18-24 late registration period, but you aren’t guaranteed a shirt.
Packet pick-up is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 4 and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as we celebrate 30 years of the fabulous Jingle Bell Fun Run. See you at the finish line!
About the Blogger
Gene Ballew has been with the Parks and Recreation Department for 12 years and is in his second year as the athletics and tourism manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management from Texas A&M in 2008.
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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.