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Rain doesnt dampen Cumming Christmas parade, race
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By: Joshua Sutton

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CUMMING — The weather outside was frightful — at least in the early going — but the day still turned out so delightful.

On Saturday, Market Place Boulevard was the site of the annual Jingle Jog 5K and the Cumming Christmas Parade. Though the wet weather had mostly cleared by the time the parade started, the race wasn’t quite as lucky.

“At the start time it just came pouring down rain,” said Niki Colella, executive director of Forsyth County Community Connection, which put on the race. All money raised from it goes toward the organization and its various programs.

“But everybody who came out decided they would enjoy the rain and ran anyway, so it was actually a pretty great crowd and we appreciate everybody that came out despite the weather.”

The race had about 700 runners register. While not all those who signed up participated, Colella said she was pleased with the turnout.

“Despite the weather, it went great,” she said. “People came out, they ran, got wet and still enjoyed themselves.”

The race still drew a good crowd and likely will remain unchanged in 2015.

“Our big issue was just the weather, we had a great turnout, and we will do the event next year in conjunction with the Christmas parade,” Colella said.

The race winners were 19-year-old Kyle Boykin at a time of 18 minutes 16 seconds, while the female winner was Stephanie Austin at 22 minutes 19 seconds.

After the race came the Cumming Christmas Parade, which benefited from drier weather.

“We had a few floats that didn’t participate in the Christmas parade, but actually the rain did let off for us to go on with the parade,” said Anna Barlow, who coordinated the procession for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “The rain totally quit during the parade time.”

The parade honored five floats in different categories.

“The best overall float was Forsyth County Family YMCA,” Barlow said. “Your most creative was the Girl Scouts of Forsyth County, most original was Moohan Martial Arts, best use of a Christmas theme was Sawnee Ballet and then we gave an honorable mention out to Cornerstone Schools just for their band.”

Barlow said she was grateful for the event sponsors.

“I don’t think it was as large of a crowd as it was last year because of the weather, but it seems like everybody had a good time,” she said. “I think it was great.

“I think everyone who participated had a good time. I’ve gotten several emails from folks that said ‘thank you’ and they had a great time participating.”