Jingle Bell 5K Run / Walk
December 8, 2018 ~ 9:00am
Be part of the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere – and fight with us to conquer arthritis!
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family, and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.
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 2018 Jingle Bell Run/Walk of Birmingham, contact Arthritis Foundation – Kelly Maliska at email@example.com or call 470-440-2856.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
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
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 Certification Pending New 5K Course
5K Course Online View [Click Here]
Fun Run PDF Course Maps: [Click Here]
Fun Run Online Course Maps: [Click Here]
Race Day Countdown:
Team Registration will cut off Friday, November 30th at midnight! NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Online Registration closes Friday, December 7th 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 – November 30th
$45 – December 1st – Race Day, December 8th
Includes commemorative long-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.
$25 – Registered by August 31st
$30 – September 1st – November 30th
$35 – December 1st – Race Day, December 8th
Includes commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt
Jingle Bell Express Pass:
$75.00 – Now until November 14, 2018
* It’s a one-click option for runners that are accustomed to these “VIP” or added-swag registration options at other race
events across the country.
* 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, December 8th
Includes commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt
Jingle in Your Jammies:
$30 – Now till – Race Day, December 8th
Can’t make the event but still want to fundraise?
We will send your shirt in the mail!
$20 – Until – November 30th
$25 – December 1st – Race Day, December 8th
100-yard dash for children 12 and under. Includes commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt
T-shirts will be given to the FIRST 1,800 registrants ONLY!
Walkers in the 5K or Fun Run are welcome!
FAQ Page [Click Here]
Pre-Race Packet Pickup (Individual & Team)
Trak Shak – Homewood
1839 18th Street South
Homewood, AL 35209
[Directions | Map]
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 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 2018 VIP area. VIP area will include a hot breakfast provided by Jim N Nicks. Deadline to raise funds and be eligible is Wednesday, December 5th.
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 2nd.
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: All winners will receive a medal. Top 1 Overall Master Male/Female winner will receive two custom-made shirts from Honk Kong Tailors in Homewood. Top 3 Overall Male/Female winners will receive: 1st place winners will receive a Massage Envy Gift Card and a $50 Visa Gift Card. 2nd place winners will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card. 3rd place winners will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card. Winners in overall categories (Overall, Masters, etc.) will not be eligible for age-group awards. Overall Awards based on gun time, Age Group Awards based on Chip Time.
NOTE: 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)
Form a team with your
family, friends, co-workers,
civic group, church, neighbors
fellow runners, school club, etc.
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).