Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Jingle Jog. It will be the 8th year this event will take place and again is in neighboring Loganville, according to Teresa Johnson, founder of F.A.C.E.S. of Walton County (Families of Autism/Asperger’s Care, Educate and Support). People come from far and wide to support the event, the funds of which go to support families dealing with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“We started in 2006 with 82 people at Walton Parks and Rec at Meridian Park – Had over 600 runners last year,” Johnson said. “We’ve added Santa’s play land and shopping vendors over the years to add to the festivities.”
Johnson said in previous years people have come from as far away as Florida and Virginia to participate in the Jingle Jog.
“We had someone from Guam one year who was visiting the US,” she said, adding that this year’s event will take place on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Loganville High School Stadium.
“Santa play land and shopping opens at 10, registration pick up starts at 10:30 with the Reindeer Dash at noon and the 5K at 12:30,” Johnson said. “Runners come for points through the Georgia Grand Prix and Black Bag Running Series. The event is timed with Classic Race Services.”
Zaxby’s will be selling lunch for those who want to make a full day of it. Participants and attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for F.I.S.H. (Faith in Serving Humanity) to provide for needy children.
Johnson said corporate sponsors this year are Clearview Regional Hospital and Henson Mechanical, platinum sponsors are Monroe Zaxbys and Loganville Ford. There are also several other sponsors. The event is hosted by the Council for Exceptional Children chapter 606 with funds supporting summer camps for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, Walton County Special Olympics and the high school Career Technical Instructional students with disabilities.
The race is on paved streets, starting and finishing at Loganville High School Stadium and is safe for wheelchairs, strollers and walkers. Awards will be presented to the Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters Male/Female and three deep in age groups 10 and under to 75 and over. Finish line management will be provided by Classic Race Services with results posted to www.classicraceservices.com,www.active.com, www.runningintheusa.com andwww.coolrunning.com.
Johnson said to be sure to mail in your registration forms by 12/6 for the discount price ($15-20 depending on your race and if you want a tshirt or not). Thereafter and race day it’s $25 per person. Special Olympians can run for $10 pre registered. Also, ONLINE discount code JJA2013 is good for first 100 who register to save some money. http://tinyurl.com/jinglejogforautism2013
People wishing to participate can download the form here.
Keep up with the countdown to the 8th Annual Jingle Jog on the event Facebook Page.
Get more information on F.A.C.E.S. of Walton County here.