* What: Jingle Jog 5K
* When: Dec. 6
* Where: Start/finish at Taco Mac on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming
* Benefits: Forsyth County Community Connection
* Registration: $20 through Friday; $25 Saturday-Dec. 5; and $30 day of at www.active.com.
CUMMING — Runners who sign up this week for the annual Jingle Jog 5K on Dec. 6 can save up to $10 in registration.
“You can go ahead and sign up for the race now, it’s cheaper through [Friday], it’s going to be $20,” said Niki Colella, executive director of Forsyth County Community Connection, which puts on the event with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.
From Saturday through Dec. 5, the entry fee will go up to $25, rising to $30 on race day.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. All participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt.
“We’ll be starting the race at Taco Mac on Market Place Boulevard,” Colella said. “The race kind of goes up Buford Dam [Road], and it kind of winds its way down downtown Cumming, then comes back down Mary Alice [Park Road] and on to Market Place … and ends right in front of Taco Mac.”
After the race, the holiday festivities will continue with the Cumming Christmas Parade.
“We are working with the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. It’s kind of a joint event,” Colella said. “What we try to do is the race before, and [then] the Christmas parade will start at 10 a.m.”
All money raised from the race will go toward Colella’s group and their various programs.
“We are a Georgia Family Partnership Collaborative,” she said. “Basically, what we do is we look for gaps in services among families and children and we try to start programs to fill those gaps, to help better families in Forsyth County.”
One of the group’s biggest programs is finding families across the county willing to take in foster children.
”A couple of the programs that we currently have are … recruiting foster families in Forsyth County,” Colella said. “About a year ago we had four families in the community, and through fundraisers like these we have been able to recruit about 30 families.”