Jingle 5K Team
Written by Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Correspondent
It's not Christmas Time in Worcester, Massachusetts without the annual Jingle 5K!
It's easily the most festive, most colorful, and most visible December running event in the area.
Hundreds of runners, many of them dressed up as North Pole Elves, Santa Claus look alike, Mrs. Claus (or Jessica as many know her), the hapless Grinch and even the occasional Dickens character ambling about carrying the biggest goose in the market.
In general, it's a great way to celebrate a fitness event and the holidays all in one day!
The Worcester Jingle 5K is run around the downtown Worcester area and the Canal District. The streets are managed by the Worcester Police Department to ensure that everyone has a safe event with no cars allowed in the way of the runners.
The Jingle 5K is scheduled a bit later in the morning to get the winter sun warmed up a little.The participants are joined up at 10:30 a. m. and the race starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Race Day fees are $35 for 5k and $20 for the youth run.
The Worcester Fitness Running Team made it's first appearance in the Worcester Jingle 5K in 2015. Team Captain and Worcester Fitness Director of Fitness had just joined the club three-months prior and had already built the brand new running team to over 75 members.
At last years event, The Worcester Fitness Running Team was one of the largest organized teams to register with over 50 runners enrolled.
Keeping it Fun
Andy designed the Running Team to be a fun way to run and also build friendships.
The team has participated in several organized races this year as well as bi-weekly group runs from Worcester Fitness on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.
2016 Worcester Jingle 5K Team
This year, the Worcester Fitness Running Team will be very strong at the Worcester Jingle 5K with over 60 runners registered.
Here is the 2016 Worcester Jingle 5K Team!
Ana Moriarty Sharry
Karen Elizabeth Sharpe
Ray Loughlin Jr.
Molly Eastman Burnham
Deb Spaziante Servidio
Gbeton Blaise Somasse
Annie Pard Lavoie
Dianne Carlson Durand
Emily Creamer Collins
Janice Ryan Weekes
Join the Worcester Fitness Running Teamc
Led by Master Trainers Andy Sharry and Bob Bourassa, the Worcester Fitness Running Team combines road running with coaching, strength and flexibility training, stride analysis, running shoe suggestions and organized team events for races.
The Worcester Fitness Running Team enters several local road races each year giving members the incredible experience of not only training as a team but also competing as one.
Worcester Fitness Running Team
Saturday's at 8AM
$150/yr for Worcester Fitness Members
$200/yr for Non-Members