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Thank you for joining the 8th Annual ‘The Jingle 5K’ as a participant

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1Where do I pick up my race packet and bib?
Packet pick-up and registration will be at the Fit2Run store in Downtown Sarasota, 1400 Main Street, by Five Points, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, until 5 p.m. each day.

Also, at Fit2Run in the UTC Mall, next to Dillard's, Sunday, December 15, through Wednesday, December 18, and Thursday, December 19, until 5 p.m.

On site registration day of the race begins at 4 p.m. on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The runners are coming back on the North Bound Inner Lane.
2What time does the Kid’s Santa Dashes start?
The Kid’s Santa Dashes will take place starting at 6:00 pm. The children will be warmed up by Orange Theory Physical fitness trainer Elf’s ten minutes prior to their race start at the Finish Line. The 3-4 years will run 100 meters at 6:00 pm; the 5-6 years run 200 meters at 6:03 pm; 7-9 years will run 400 meters at 6:05 pm; and the 10-12 years will run 800 meters at 6:10 pm. All children finishers receive a crafted finisher’s medal. Trophies are awarded to the top three M/F finishers in each age group. Trophies will be awarded at the DJ booth in the Kid’s zone immediately after the races. Note children 12 and under registered for the 5K can participate for free!
3What time does the Jingle 5K start?
The Jingle 5K starts at the start on Health Pkwy by the LWRMC parking lot entry at 7:00 pm sharp. The 5K has Five Corals. Runners were assigned to the various coral based on their anticipated finish time that was indicated on their entry form:
  1. 28:00 minutes and under – Black numbers #1 to #500 start 7:00
  2. 35:00 minutes and under - Red numbers #501 to #999 start 7:01
  3. 45:00 minutes and under – Green numbers #1000 to #1499 start 7:02
  4. 55:00 minutes and under - Grey numbers #1500 to 1999 start 7:03
  5. Over 55:00 Minutes & Walkers, & Strollers, and runners with pets,
    Orange numbers #2000 to #2499 start 7:05
  6. One Mile Walkers – Blue numbers #2500 to 2999 start at 7:10
4When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive on or about 5:00 pm. There will be (25) Health and Service sponsors or meet and great. There is a Kid’s Zone with two huge slides and a face painter. There will be warm up exercises provided by, Orange Theory, and Crunch Fitness in front of our stages. The Lakewood Ranch High School Jazz Band and Braden River Carolers will be playing prior and after the race. The LWRHS Drum Line will be providing music for the start and finish. Feature live band music.

1Where do I park?
There is ample parking in both North and South lots behind LWR Main Street, plus designated areas at the LWRMC parking lot. We have (4) eight passenger golf carts circulating continuously.

1Is there a bag drop?
YES at the Fit2Run booth/tent near the stage. We are not responsible for valuables. Your bib number will be marked on your bag parcel.
2Where can I use the restrooms?
There are ten portalets located in the South Breezeway on Main Street.

1The race course?
Starts on Health Parkway a short walk from LWR Main Street. Then proceeds to Town Center and turns right on the north bound outside lane to Manor Lane and back on the north bound inner lane. There will be ample cones dividing the lanes up and back. There in ambient light along the course with a light tower at the turn and water stop. There will also be ample bottled water at the start and finish after you cross the finish line. There will be music at the water stop, plus snow machines, plus our volunteer Elf’s. There is a finish clock above the finish arch and your time will be automatically recorded. Timing chips are embedded in your bib. Finish results will be posted at the stage and available on
2Will the wave start affect my overall time?
No, the RFID chip embedded on the back of your bib will reads twice, when you start and then when you cross the mat, and finish. The result is the same as if everyone started at once.
3What could I win?
Everyone wins the enjoyment and satisfaction from their accomplishments, and hopefully a personal best! Top finisher’s win New Balance running shoes from Fit2Run. Beautiful 6”x 6” commemorative tiles and gift certificates to M/F Masters; Grand Masters; Sr. Grand Masters; and Veterans; Then age category 4” tiles 1st through 3rd in M/F age groups 9 & under, the 10-14. And five year increments to 80+ Results posted on and the Fit2Run web site! Award tiles will be mailed if you are not available at the ceremony.

1Is there anything available for after the race?
Of course! After you run, there will be a food service including warm meat or veggie chili, plus bagels, bananas, oranges, and soft drinks! Also food specialties by participating sponsors, Wing House, Fresh Kitchen, Smoothie King and more. There will be complimentary unlimited adult beverages with proper I.D. For non-competitors there will be available wrist bands for purchase for the food buffet and adult beverages for ($10.00). Children under (16) who are non-participants can enjoy the buffet for free!
2Where do I get my medal?
Lakewood Ranch Runner Club Holiday Triple Challenge medals will be available at the award stage after the run.


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