Get Your Ugly Sweater Ready for the Jingle Jog • By Taylor Jones Active Auburn invites runners to ring in the holiday season by participating in the Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run on Saturday, December 8th in Auburn, Alabama. Whether you are a skilled runner who wants to compete, or just want to enjoy a stroll through beautiful downtown Auburn, the Second Annual Jingle Jog and Santa Stroll Fun Run has something for every participant. Beginning and ending at Toomer’s Corner, the Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run features two different routes throughout downtown Auburn. The Jingle Jog 5K is a 3.19 mile route, and covers East Magnolia Avenue, to points as far south as Wrights Mill Road, before the last stretch of the race beginning at the corner of Samford Avenue and South College Street. This race will offer eight different awards, awarding first through third place, and best in age-range from 14 & under, to 60-plus. As for the Santa Stroll fun run, the route will cover East Magnolia Street, South Gay Street, and Miller Avenue, passing Ralph Brown Draughon Library before ending at Toomer’s Corner, a total travel of 0.93 miles. The Santa Stroll will not be scored. As many 5K and Fun Runs have, the Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run has a quirk. There are “color runs”, and races that allow participants to wear an elaborate costume. This race is all about the “ugly Christmas sweater.” So while you are training, be sure to go to the basement and dust off that sweater from 1970 before making your way to the Plains! Registration is open now through the day of the races, December 8th. For the Santa Stroll Fun Run, registration is $20 through the month of November, increasing to $35 day of the race. As for the Jingle Jog 5K, registration is $25 during November; the rate will climb to $40. Active Auburn says that in order to guarantee that you will get a t-shirt, you will need to register by November 30. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for day-of registers. Registration on December 8th is open from 6 A.M. central until 6:45 for Santa Stroll and 7:10 for Jingle Jog. To register online, or for more information on the race, visit activeauburn.org
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