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Jingle Bell 5K Run

Jingle Bell 5K Run / Walk
for Arthritis

Birmingham, AL
Railroad Park

December 9, 2017 ~ 9:00am

Jingle Bell Run – Saturday’s Race:
Race Cancelled

Thank you for your donation to the Arthritis Foundation through your entry to the Jingle Bell Run. As most of you know, here in Birmingham the weather is a winter wonderland outside. Because of the inclement weather, we are forced to cancel this year’s Jingle Bell Run on December 9th at Railroad Park due to major safety concerns. In lieu of our race, we will be having a “Virtual Jingle Bell Run”! This means we want to cover Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in our Jingle Bell Pictures. We encourage all race participants to post pictures and videos, maybe do your own short walk around your neighborhood with friends and family once it is safe to do so.  Please the hashtags: #JingleBellRun and #bhamjbr2017 Just because we aren’t having the event doesn’t mean that we can’t still Jingle in our Jammies and be #1 in the country! Let’s ask one more person to donate to this great cause! Go to:<>

We also will be hosting a Facebook live event tomorrow at 10:00AM that will feature our youth honoree, Cooper Wallace!

We hope you will join us on our Facebook by clicking here:

If you have not picked up your t-shirt we will have it for you Monday December 11th and Tuesday December 12th  from 10:00AM-3:00PM at our office: 500 Office Park Drive, Suite 200 Birmingham, Alabama 35223.  If these times do not work for you, please contact us directly.

Thank you for your understanding!
Kayla Smeraglia | Executive Director
Arthritis Foundation | Alabama
500 Office Park Drive, Suite 200-Birmingham, AL 35223

Benefits:Arthritis Foundation Alabama

Register Online Now

Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Come run or walk the USATF Certified 5K course (3.1 Miles) or the 1 mile fun run/walk at Rail Road Park in downtown Birmingham, or come and cheer on your #1 team! A good time is promised to all with festivities that include music, Carnival games and kids area, face painting, pictures with Santa, free food and much, much more! The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is truly an event that you don’t want to miss!

Join the Arthritis Foundation and the 1,800+ runners and walkers as we Jingle Towards a Cure!! For more help or information about the 2017 Jingle Bell Run/Walk of Birmingham, contact Kayla Smeraglia at or call 205-314-8440.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
8:00am – Registration and Packet Pickup Open
8:50am – 5K Registration and Packet Pickup Close
9:00am – 5K Starts
10:00am – 1 Mile Fun Run Starts
10:25am – Santa Chase Starts
10:30am – 5K Awards Ceremony

Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35223
[Directions | Map]
[Parking Suggestions]

This year the event and activities will be held in the Meadow Area of Railroad Park. Please click here for details!

5K & Fun Run Course!
5K Course PDF Map: [Click Here] USATF Certified 
5K Course Online View [Click Here]
Fun Run PDF Course Maps: [Click Here]
Fun Run Online Course Maps: [Click Here]

Race Day Countdown:

Entry Fee:

Team Registration will cut off Friday, December 1st at midnight! NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Online Registration closes Friday, December 8th at 5:00 pm.

5K Chip Timed: My finish time will be recorded and posted online, I am eligible to win an Award.
$35 – Registered by August 31st
$40 – September 1st – December 3rd
$45 – December 4th – Race Day
Includes commemorative Short-sleeved T-shirt
Timing Chip will be on your Bib Number – Be sure to wear your Bib #.
Timing chips will be limited to 500 – Register Early to secure yours.
Timing from Best Times – look for the Results Tent to get your Finishers Label.

5K Not Chip Timed: My finish time will NOT be recorded or posted online, I am Not eligible to win an Award.
$30 – Registered by August 31st
$35 – September 1st – December 3rd
$45 – December 4th – Race Day
Includes commemorative short-sleeved T-shirt

Jingle Bell Express Pass:
$75.00 –  Now until November 15, 2017
               * Your one-click way to a faster, upgraded race day!  Quantities are limited.
              * Express Packet Pickup (or mailed packets, where available)
              * Express Gear Check 
              * Unique race bib
              * Additional entries or drink tickets at events with post-race parties
              * Limited edition Jingle Bell Run swag (more details to come)

1 Mile Fun Run:
$30 – Registered by August 31st
$35 – September 1st – Race Day
Includes commemorative short-sleeved T-shirt

Jingle in Your Jammies:
$30 – Now till – Race Day
Can’t make the event but still want to fundraise?
We will send your shirt in the mail!

Santa Chase:
$20 – Now till –  December 3rd
$25 – December 4th – Race Day
100 yard dash for children 12 and under. Includes commemorative short-sleeved T-shirt

T-shirts will be given to the FIRST 1,800 registrants ONLY!
Walkers in the 5K or Fun Run are welcome!

Pre-Race Packet Pickup (Individual & Team)
Trak Shak – Homewood
1839 18th Street South
Homewood, AL 35209
[Directions | Map]
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 11:00am – 6:00pm

How do we get VIP Access? 
Participants raising $500 or more, including registration fee, will be eligible for access to Candy Cane Lane, our 2017 VIP area. VIP area will include a hot breakfast provided by Jim N Nicks. Deadline to raise funds and be eligible is Wednesday, December 6.

How do we get Team Tailgate Access?
Teams raising $3,500 or more, including registration fees, will receive a tent and team banner at the event. Tent available from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Deadline to raise funds and be eligible is Sunday, December 3.

5K Start Line Corrals:
What is a “Start Line Corral”?
The start line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying athletic abilities. You should choose a corral based on your estimated pace / finish time which will allow you to start with other participants of similar running or walking pace. Everyone who has paid the extra $5.00 will receive a timing chip, the corral system will not affect the timing of your race as your actual race time will not start until you cross the starting mat. Look for the following signs on race morning to ensure you are in the appropriate corral.

Start Line Corrals Signs (based on finish time)
• RUN 21:45 minutes or less / 7minute per mile pace or faster
• Walkers only

The “RUN 21:45 minutes or less” Corral will be a roped off section and will have volunteers assist with entry into this corral.
Runners expecting to finish the 5K with a finish time greater than 21:45 should line in behind the roped area.
Walkers will line up behind runners.

NOTE: If you are participating with a stroller and/or children, we ask that you keep your children with you at all times and that you start from the back of the “WALK ONLY” corral. This will allow your family members, and our other participants, a safer race experience.

How to wear your Bib Number and Timing Chip:
5K participants (that paid the $5 extra) will be Chip Timed to process race results and your 5K finish time will be posted for you to see. [Click Here] to see details on how to wear your Bib-Tag Timing Chip. Please wear your Bib Number on the FRONT of your shirt during the race. [Example] Remember to bring your Bib Number Race day. No Bib Number means no recorded time. The timing chip is located on the back side of your Bib Number.

5K – Awards (for runners that paid to be Chip Timed):
Top 3 Overall Male / Female
Top 1 Overall Master Male / Female (40 and older)
Top 3 in Age Groups Male / Female:

8 and under 30 to 34 55 to 59
9 to 14 35 to 39 60 to 64
15 to 19 40 to 44 65 to 69
20 to 24 45 to 49  70+
25 to 29 50 to 54  

NOTE: Winners in overall categories (Overall, Masters, etc.) will not be eligible for age-group awards.
Overall Awards based gun time, Age Group Awards based on Chip Time.

If you would like to be eligible for awards, the purchase of the Timing Chip is required, $5/participant

Free parking is available along the outer perimeters of the Park along 1st Avenue South. Please refrain from parking in the spaces allotted for the various local businesses that operate along 1st Avenue South unless you are attending those venues. Also, refrain from parking in illegal parking spaces. The Arthritis Foundation is not responsible for tickets/towing costs incurred by an individual. Park patrons are free to use Parking Lot D located on 18th Street and 1st Avenue South at a cost of $2.00. For more information concerning Parking Lot D contact the Birmingham Parking Authority. [Parking Suggestions]

Tips on Running in COLD weather [Click Here]

It can be cold, so make sure you have the right clothing.
35205 (Weather Forecast – Birmingham, AL)

Start a Team & Fundraise:

Form a team with your
family, friends, co-workers,
civic group, church, neighbors
fellow runners, school club, etc.

Donate to Arthritis Foundation:

To help raise funds & awareness on behalf of the
1.2 million adults & 5,000 kids in Alabama
suffering from arthritis.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. — Be there with bells on!

There are NO refunds of registration fees. There are NO bib number transfers of registration.

This event will occur rain or shine, warm or cold. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds, rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to Arthritis Foundation (501c3).

Questions?: Kayla Smeraglia
Phone: (205) 314-8440

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