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Annual Jingle Jog 5K set for Dec. 2
Jingle jog

For those who might have overindulged on Thanksgiving — and even those who didn’t — an upcoming race could help participants run off some of the turkey and dressing.

The annual Jingle Jog 5K is scheduled for Dec. 2 and will start and end at Taco Mac, 2085 Market Place Blvd. The race is sponsored by Forsyth County Community Connection and will raise funds for its programming, while also getting out information about it.

“Proceeds from the race are going to three of our main objectives,” said Executive Director Sarah Pedarre. “One of them is to support current foster families, another is to recruit new foster families and the other is to raise awareness to prevent child sexual abuse.”

Pedarre said the Jingle Jog was an “out-and-back race,” meaning racers will run from Taco Mac to Mary Alice Park and back. The race is also a qualifier for the 2018 Peachtree Road Race, and all pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. 

Those who can’t attend can pay the fee and receive a shirt as a “phantom runner.”

Individual awards will be given based on age groups, and prizes will be given to people for best costumes, decorated stroller and more. 

More than 500 participated in the race in 2016. 

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m., and race day registration will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m. 

The registration fee for the race is $25 until Dec. 1, when it will increase to $30. Students who register online with the code “student5” will get $5 off their registration. 

Once the race is over, there will be plenty going on at the finish line from inflatables to information from FCCC and other local non-profits. 

“We’re hoping to have it be really fun, and hopefully for people who have never run the race before, it will become a Christmas tradition for them,” Pedarre said. 

Registration and more information are available online at