We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for the Sixth Annual The Jingle 5K!

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!

Runners are outfitted with jingle bells, laces and lighted flashers which we supply. 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).

The 5K evening course is runner friendly with ambient street lighting and portable light units at turns and water stop, Eleven Deputies to insure safety, Two water stops, snow machines and music.

The Jingle 5K features a wave start based on a runner’s predicted finish time for safety. Runners can then pace themselves with their contemporaries. The first 1,800 Runners receive a colorful Leslie Jordan Micro-mesh wicking shirt excellent for training runs. Colorful award tiles three deep for categories 9 and under, then 10-14; 15-19 and five-year age categories to 80+. Overall M/F winners receive New Balance running shoes courtesy of Fit2Run. Master; Grand master; Sr Grand Master, and Veterans M/F winners receive 6″ custom tiles and gift certificates.

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.

Event details and schedule

Early packet pick-up begins Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at Fit2Run in Downtown Sarasota on Main Street. Beginning Sunday December 16 through Thursday December 20 packet pickup is at the Fit2Run at Mall at UTC during store hours. You can pick up the packets on race day on Lakewood Ranch Main Street beginning at 4:00 pm.

The 5K route proceeds off of Health Parkway next to Lakewood Ranch Main Street onto Town Center Parkway down to Manor Lane and back. The one mile walk will follow a similar path.

Plenty of parking is available around Lakewood Ranch Main Street. 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.

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.

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
  • One Mile Walk at 7:10 pm