Join us for the 19th annual Jingle Bell Jog on December 17. This walking/running 5K race has been an Iola tradition that was started by Marvin Smith. It is run along the Southwind Trail and is remembered by all because runners are encouraged to wear jingle bells on their shoes. This year, we will have several different opportunities for people to participate. Kids events will start at 10. The running events will start at 10:30. The following events will be going on that day:
- Catch the Cookie: Kids will race around an enclosed area and try and catch the Gingerbread Man. This is a free event. However, the Gingerbread Man is difficult to catch! He constantly says, "run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The child who catches the cookie will receive a tasty gift!
- Holiday Costume Contest: Kids will dress for the season. Whoever is dressed in the most holiday cheer will receive a tasty gift!
- 5K Run: Runners will run from the town square to the Southwind Trail. They will then run south until they are to turn around and come back to the town square.
- 5K Walk: Walkers will start just after the runners took off and walk the same course as the runners.
In addition to these different events, there will be food and drink. Additionally, all runners and walkers will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Here is an image of what the t-shirt will look like.