Jingle all the way at the Shelby Township Jingle Bell Run

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 10, 2018

 Paige Morgan and her dog finish the Jingle Bell Run in 2015. This year’s event will take place Dec. 16 in Shelby Township.

Paige Morgan and her dog finish the Jingle Bell Run in 2015. This year’s event will take place Dec. 16 in Shelby Township.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Christmas is near and everything’s a cheer. Why not keep the holiday spirit here with a holiday run? Shelby Township will host its annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Shelby Township Community Center.

The event will begin and end behind the Community Center. It will feature a DJ, raffle prizes, sponsor tables and more.

Registration and packet pickup for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Community Center.

Michael Ward, the race director, said it is a lot of fun and people look forward to it each year.

“It’s an awesome event and it’s really like a huge Christmas party the whole time,” Ward said.

The run/walk has the option of a timed or untimed course. The course is a 5K — 3.1 miles — stretching from the Community Center up Van Dyke Avenue and throughout the municipal campus.

“We are expecting between 500 to 600 people this year, and we’ve grown from just 50 to 60 people since we first started the event nine years ago,” Ward said.

For those who do not want to run or walk, Ward said there will be a Christmas party that will be going on the whole time at the Community Center. Raffle prizes like hotel stays and tickets to games will be part of the event fun.

Snacks such as bananas and drinks like Gatorade will be provided to everyone who attends.

The cost to register for the event is $30 per person. Each person will get a long-sleeved shirt for registering.

Christmas costumes are welcome at the event, as many participants dress up festively. Participants are welcome to bring their dogs to join in the fun.

Proceeds from the event will benefit many charities, including Macomb County Special Olympics, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children and Cat Tail Acres. In 2017, the run raised $12,000. This year, Ward said, organizers are expecting and on target to raise $13,000 for charities.

Ward said that if participants bring in things like laundry detergent, cat food or paper towels, they will be given to charities.    

Early packet pickup and registration will be available from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Hansons Running Shop on Hall Road in Utica.

Betsy Fowler, of Shelby Township, said the event is a great way for families to get out and enjoy the winter.

“It’s a great run and I love to support it in any way I can. It’s a great time for families to be together and to be out in the crisp, cool air and to help support these wonderful agencies that Mike and his team have gathered together,” said Fowler.

The Shelby Township Community Center is located at 51960 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township.

For more information or to register, visit www.JingleBell5K Run.com or www.eastsideracing.com. Mail-in registration is available for those who would like to mail it.

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