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Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
Dec 1, 2009
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Dec 12, 2010 4:25 PM

Did you participate in a Reindeer Run/ Jingle Bell Run?

Share your stories!

Completed Races 2012:

Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00


Upcoming Races 2012:

IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12

Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12

Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12

Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12

Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12

Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12


Personal Record from 2011:

Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)

Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)

  • LMWEL Pro 82 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009

    How about a Jolly Elf ? My wife and I decided on Friday that we would run in the Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run on Saturday. First things first... Hearing Jingle Bells coming up behind you is strange ! It was our first organized trail run and I am impressed . I like trail running . These were not very rugged trails, but still more involving than road running .  My Time ? One second slower than my last 5k . 26:09 vs 26:08 . That's consistency . Merry Christmas,                  Marc

    The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08

    The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57

    The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09

    The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13

    The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48

    The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27

    The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23

    The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56

    Currently Training For -

  • redsoxfan35 Amateur 19 posts since
    Nov 7, 2010

    Yes I did ran the Kingstowne Striders Jingle Bell 5K run for first time in 12 yrs. I clocked 23:08 and I felt great and i plan to run the National Half marathon , Shamrock half marathon, George Washington 10 miler, Army 10-miler.

  • elong35 Rookie 1 posts since
    Dec 12, 2010

    Woke up to below zero gusting wind, blowing snow, and temp of 10 degrees! But the "cool" part was that the Jingle Bell 5K that I ran in was held at an underground storage/business park. It was great! A little cold by the entrance but the majority of the run was 65-68 degrees. I didn't have my best run at 25:58 but I will do it again next year for sure. Close to 1,100 people that had jingle bells on their shoes and some people dressed up in costumes.

  • Lisa34798 Rookie 3 posts since
    Apr 21, 2009

    I ran a Jingle Bell Jog 4M this past weekend and it was pretty fun. There were about 4,000 runners in total, (which is small for NYC). Lots of santas, elves, reindeers and other colorful costumes. It was a cool 35 degrees, but a great day. I broke my previous record in this distance by about 3 minutes so I was very happy!

  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
    Jan 16, 2008

    Yes, I run in a local Polar Bear Run every January.   Last year it was in the 50's and raining.  Much more like Tropical than Polar!

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007

    Mark, trail runs are slower and harder than road races, so you ran a much faster race!


    Marukb: Glad you are running again!


    I ran the Reindeer  dash for Cash 10 miler on the 5 Dec and I am running Wrightsville beach Jingle Bell Run on the 18th before going to see NC paly TX.

  • SnackerChris Pro 163 posts since
    Dec 8, 2010

    Ran the Frosty 5K in North Dallas this past weekend!  It was supposed to be 50 and sunny! coverage and fierce winds came around.  STill ws a blast!  My kids enjoyed seeing Frosty and Rudolph busting their tales on the course!

    FLIP THE SWITCH! If I can lose 130 pounds in a year without pills or surgeries or food programs, so can you!

    Snacks All The Weigh Down


    Began 2010 @ 325lbs - Never even ran to dinner EVER before!

    Started C25K Sept/2010 (239 lbs) - Graduated Nov/2010 (216 lbs)

    First Official 5K - Frosty 5K 12/11/2010 - 25:57.8 (211 lbs)

    Living for Zachary Heart Run 5K - 10/22/2011 - 22:34 (202 lbs) PR

    Salute American Heroes 10K - 11/12/2011 - 47:48 (202 lbs) PR

    Dallas White Rock Half Marathon - 12/4/2011 - 1:57:39 (202 lbs)

    Leaping Leprechauns 15K - 3/10/2012 - 1:15:35 (210 lbs) PR

    Big D Half Martahon - 4/15/2012 - 1:57:51 (215 lbs - felt it) PR

    Cooper Summer Sprint Triathalon - 7/21/2012 - 25:18 on the 5K run piece (209 lbs)

  • beachskirun Amateur 9 posts since
    Sep 30, 2010

    I did I did!!!  It was my 3rd 5k.  Did the Jingle Bell Run at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken NJ.  Weather cooperated and was a balming 40 something.  Althought it was a sight to see ice still on the river.  Was a very nice event and very festive! 


    Anyway I shaved 3 mins off my last one.  I am still slow but making progress.  I started running for the first time ever in July.  Hoping to stay motivated to make it through the winter.  I tried my "dreadmill", as I like to call it, last week and will be doomed if trapped indoors.  I hated running on the treadmill.  So plans are to continue outdoors if at all possible.  Windchill is not my friend.

    "You can not have results and excuses, you must chose"

    First 5k 10/2/10; 38:59 ~ had to walk some in the middle

    Sec 5k 10/30/10; 40:16 ~ was able to run whole race but slowed time

    Third 5k 12/11/10; 37:17 ~ third time was the charm ~ not feeling quite as much like a newbie.


    5/21/11; 5k 38:39 (tough course)

    12/10/11; 5k 35:55


    4/14/12; 5k 36:10

    July= 2yr mark...can't call myself a newbie anymore...need to get real

    12/8/12 5k; race time 32:12; chip time 31:50 PR


    3/24/13 Ocean Drive 5k; Sea Isle NJ

    4/7/13 AC Shore Memorial 7k; AC NJ

    Goal this year: 10k!!!! Run the Bridge, Phila Pa

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    Way to Go to all that ran! I would have liked to but I had to work

  • camaro1022 Rookie 1 posts since
    Aug 17, 2008

    I am participating in a Reindeer Run in Mulvane KS this weekend. First 5k in over 18 months, since I just got back into running in the past 2 months. Pretty excited!

  • BT.ROB Legend 270 posts since
    May 12, 2009

    Ogden, Utah, Santa Run (5K-ish) at 4:30 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. About 700 people signed up but it was pretty cold (30's) and I don't think they had nearly that number show up. With your $35 registration, you got a Santa hat, jacket, belt and pants. Made of cheap felt but what do you expect?! You had to run in the Santa outfit. The pants I had to tuck into my tights to keep them from falling down. We had a couple of Grinches, too. The run did 2 and 1/2 laps of the main drag with Santa Helpers in the median handing out milk and cookies (and water). Worked up a sweat that transferred through the hat and frosted up! After the run was over, an electric parade followed and then fireworks. Fun for the whole family. My time was actually pretty good (for me) but the distance was a bit unknown (as I put above - 5K-ish). Going to use the outfit for some runs in the next couple of weeks.



  • sunsetlizard Amateur 11 posts since
    Nov 7, 2010

    Hi All,

    I didn't do a Jingle Bell run, but I did a Farolito 5K this past Sunday. For those of you who aren't familiar with "farolitos" they are brown lunch bags partially filled with sand and have a lit candle inside. These are also sometimes called "luminarias," and I’ve heard both terms used interchangeably here in the Southwest.


    The run was held in the early evening and it was cool, but not cold or windy.  A few runners had bells on, others were wrapped in lights, and all of us were ready to explore the course. Santa made an appearance and the event started with a Kids K  who were led by couple of Santa's very fleet of foot "elves." The air horn went off and we followed paths lined with Farolitos that wound through a school campus and a residential area. Some  had put out farolitos in their yards along with the holiday decorations they had up. I remember turning a corner and saying “wow” because the whole block glowed with the gold light of the farolitos. We haven’t gotten much snow here, but I’ll take the magical glow of these little lights as a warm sign of the season.


    At the end they had a local bakery supply bread and sweets and everyone shared posole and hot chocolate. It was very nice family event and I know I will definitely be doing this 5K again next year. It was a great way for me to begin the holidays.


    Enjoy your Holidays everyone, may they be warm and full of light.


    "Action is eloquence." William Shakespeare, English dramatist & poet  (1564 - 1616)

  • sunsetlizard Amateur 11 posts since
    Nov 7, 2010

    Good luck Camaro1022 and have fun!

    "Action is eloquence." William Shakespeare, English dramatist & poet  (1564 - 1616)

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