It’s time once again to don your Santa hat, grab your running shoes and hit the road for a good cause.
The annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run takes place on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Safehaven, starting at 7 a.m. Participants can choose to walk or run a 5K or 10K course.
Now in its 16th year, the event raises funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. The non-profit group provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.
Last year’s run raised $43,000, attracting around 400 participants. Funds go toward operational costs of the center, which shelters around 100 women each year.
“Events like the Jingle Bell Run help us provide safe shelter for these women, including access to safety, legal resources and counseling,” said Michelle Lockwood, fundraising chair. “I believe so much in the services we provide in the shelter, because it gives women an opportunity to breathe and find strength.”
The run draws a spectrum of jolly joggers, spanning from little ones in strollers to runners joined by their four-legged furry friends. Many get into the holiday spirit by donning holiday attire including Santa hats, jingle bells and reindeer antlers.
Participants will enjoy a full breakfast, visits with Santa and the chance to win a variety of raffle prizes including staycations, jewelry and restaurant vouchers.
The fundraising run was started in 2003, the same year the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre was established. The center provides shelter, counseling, education, advocacy and community resources for victims of abuse. It also has a 24-hour crisis line and a talk line.
The Jingle Bell Run starts and finishes at the Holiday Inn in Safehaven. Register online at CaymanActive.com. There is one more day to register in person at Foster’s at The Strand on Dec. 8 from 2 to 7 p.m.
Registration is CI$25 in advance and CI$30 on race day.