Jingle Bells 5K participants receive free tram ride after
(Dec. 6, 2019) Jingle Bell 5K participants have the opportunity to run through the Winterfest of Lights display, this Sunday at Northside Park on 125th Street, from 5-6:30 p.m.
The annual event, presented by OC Tri-Running, has gained popularity each year.
“It’s a fun atmosphere for getting ready for the holidays – running under the lights and seeing family and friends running together, the kids laughing and smiling and then riding the tram underneath the lights after they run through it,” Chris Klebe, event organizer, said. “It’s something the town doesn’t allow very often … not many people get to walk under the lights at nighttime.”
Participants will run or walk through the Christmas lights display twice. OC Tri-Running will be handing out hot chocolate, cookies and a long-sleeve T-shirt to participants at the end of the race. All runners will receive a free ride on the Winterfest Express.
“They start right outside the gates of the Winterfest of Lights, then to the park through the lights. They do one big loop through, and then they go out of the park and go behind the Montego Bay Shopping Center,” Klebe said. “It’s a quarter mile there and a quarter mile back for another loop around the Winterfest of Lights and then to the finish.”
The cost is $32 for adults and $25 for participants ages 12 and under in advance. The day of the event, the cost will be $40 for adults. Registration and packet pickup will be at Abbey Burger Bistro on 126th Street from 3:45-4:40 p.m.
Last year, 235 participants completed the race, Klebe said.
During the post-race party at Abbey Burger Bistro, the first-place male and female finishers in seven age categories will be presented awards.
Organizers encourage participants to bring a donation for the Toys for Tots Program. Toy donations can be purchased at the Winterfest Pavilion.
“It is more about having a good time than it is about racing,” Klebe said. “The Town of Ocean City does such a wonderful job setting up those big lights starting way back in the early fall. It’s a lot of hard work doing what they do.”
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.octrirunning.com.