EVENT SCHEDULE

ON SITE REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 4 P.M.
CHILDREN’S SANTA DASHESS BEGIN AT 6 P.M.
5K RUNNERS BEGIN AT 7 P.M.
5K WALK BEGINS AT 7:10 P.M.
FOLLOWED BY AN AFTER RACE PARTY!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th, 2019

One of the largest and most cheerful 5K races in the area, The Jingle 5K is a race that runners and walkers participate in year after year. Last year we had over 1,900 registrations!

The Jingle 5K benefits the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary’s Nursing and Health Careers’ Scholarship Program. The Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit public charity.

Be part of the largest chip-timed 5K run and walk in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  Move your feet to the Jingle Beat! Join nearly two thousand runners and walkers who will hit the pavement this holiday season. The Jingle 5K Race/Walk is a festive way to kick off the holidays while supporting the Auxiliary’s Nursing and Health Careers’ Scholarship Program.

The 5K evening course is runner friendly with ambient street lighting and portable light units at turns and water stops, while eleven deputies are stationed along the course to ensure safety. You’ll also find two water stops, snow machines and music.

Runners are given jingle bells and shoelaces. There is festive, holiday music along the course and live music at the finish. When you’re done racing, enjoy the huge post-race party including food and adult beverages (with proper ID).

Fit2Run Club members and local running club members receive a $5 discount when registering at a Fit2Run location.  At the Fit2Run UTC Mall location, you’ll also receive a FREE Smoothie, valued at $7 when registering.

PACKET PICKUP

Orange Theory Fitness – University Parkway
Thursday 12/12 (9am – 5pm)

Fit2Run – Downtown Sarasota Main Street
Friday 12/13 & Saturday 12/14 (10am – 5pm) – Fit2Run – Main Street – Sarasota

Fit2Run – Mall at UTC – Next to Dillard’s
Sunday 12/15 (11am – 6pm)
Monday 12/16 thru Wednesday 12/18 (10am – 8pm)
Thursday 12/19 (10am – 5pm)

All participants receive jingle bells and laces, and the first 2,000 receive commemorative long sleeve Leslie Jordan moisture-wicking shirts.

RACE INFO

The Dr. Mac’s Santa Dashes starts off the night at 6 p.m. and features races for children of all ages. The 3-4 run is 100 meters, the 5-6 run is 200 meters, the 7-9 run is 400 meters, and the 10-12 run is 800 meters. Children participating in the 5K can also participate in the Santa Dashes for free! Each child receives an event Dr. Mac T-shirt, finishers’ medal, bib, and goodie bag. Top 3 finishers in all categories receive custom trophies.

The Jingle 5K is chip timed by Fit2Time Race Services, a division of Fit2Run. The course follows a route from Health Parkway onto Town Center Parkway, down to Manor Lane and back. Along the way you’ll find our Elf course marshals and water stops.

The 5K Walk follows the same course, or for a less challenging walk, there is a turnaround at the half mile mark (one mile total). To ensure safety, there is a wave start based on a runner’s predicted finish time. Runners can then pace themselves with their contemporaries.

AWARDS

Top male and female finishers receive New Balance running shoes courtesy of Fit2Run.  Custom plaques and gift certificates will be awarded to Male/Female Master, Grand Master, Sr. Grand Master, and Veteran runners.  Finally, colorful award tiles three deep for categories 9 and under, then 10-14; 15-19 and five-year age categories to 80+.

All 5K runners receive a commemorative Jingle bib with a timing chip embedded.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Plenty of parking is available around Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Overflow parking is available in front of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s Women’s Center.

There will be a parcel drop for participants at the Fit2Run tent. We are not responsible for belongings. Your bib number is your claim ticket.

Music, food and fun times can be before, during and after the race. Be sure to check out the free face painting and bounce houses.

Day of race commences at 4:00 pm

  • Children’s Santa Dashes at 6:00 pm
  • 3 to 4 years run 100 meters at 6:00 pm
  • 5 to 6 years run 200 meters at 6:02 pm
  • 7 to 9 years run 400 meters at 6:05 pm
  • 10 to 12 years run 800 meters at 6:10 pm
  • 5K Run/Walk 7:00 pm Wave start
  • 28 minutes & under at 7:00 pm
  • 28 to 35 minutes at 7:02 pm
  • 35 to 45 minutes at 7:04 pm
  • 45 to 55 minutes at 7:06 pm
  • 55 + minutes and strollers or pets at 7:08
  • 5k Walk at 7:10 pm