Jan. 1 Jingle Jog 5-K raises $5,000 for non-profits
The event at Vint Hill drew 198 runners and walkers of all ages.
The third annual “A Just Cause Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Mile Run” on New Year’s Day raised more $5,000 for Fauquier non-profit groups.
The Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation organized the event, which drew 198 adults and children to run and walk at the Vint Hill Village Green & Community Center.
All of the participants’ registration fees, directed at the discretion of each participant, went to:
• Fauquier Community Headstart.
• Fauquier Family Shelter Services Inc.
• Fresta Valley Christian School.
• Girls on the Run Piedmont.
• Working Together Committee.
• Families 4 Fauquier and Beyond.
• Great Meadow Foundation.
• Paws for Seniors.
• Piedmont TOPSoccer.
• Auburn Middle School.
• Warrenton Middle School PTO.
• The Cold War Museum.
“Three of the Parks and Recreation Department’s core goals are health, fitness and community,” Director Larry Miller said. “This event was a perfect marriage of these values, encouraging fitness goals while fostering the concept of community for a really positive recreational experience for our citizens.”
The Jingle Jog Run incorporated a Kids Zone area with games, a station for after-run snacks, photo booth and fun warm-up activities. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about community charities at the race Charity Zone, where beneficiary organizations set up exhibit tables/booths and offered news and information on their upcoming events and ways to become involved.
Prize winners include:
• Largest Families Registered: Worsham (6).
• Largest Organization: Top Soccer.
• Most Money Raised by a Charity: Fresta Valley.
• Most Participants: Fresta Valley (53).
“This year’s event was an overall success with 50 more participants than last year and more money raised for charities,” parks board Chairman Don Johnson said. “What a great way to get fit, raise money for the community and have fun.”