Jingle All the Way 5K scheduled in Irwin
Despite the prospect of frigid weather, dedicated runners will hit the streets of Irwin for the first Jingle All the Way 5K on Dec. 6 to raise money for JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“This is going to be a fun and festive event for the whole family,” said Courtney Blair, the race’s executive director. “Each participant will receive a T-shirt and jingle bells to attach to their shoes and clothing. We encourage all participants to wear the bells as they run or walk through the streets of Irwin, where Christmas music will be played to add to the holiday atmosphere.”
Local businesses are planning to offer discounts and specials on the day of the race, Blair said.
“In addition to raising awareness of Type 1 diabetes, community fundraising events provide much needed financial support for JDRF-funded research,” said Carol Yannuzzi, executive director of the nonprofit organization’s Western Pennsylvania chapter.
“We are inspired by those who share our hope and passion to find a cure.”
Race-day registration will be conducted in Irwin Park from 7 to 8 a.m., with the race kicking off at 9 a.m.
Roads along the race route will begin closing 15 minutes prior to race time.An award ceremony will be conducted in the park at 10:30 a.m.
Racers can register online until Dec. 3 at http://tinyurl.com/mv5njou.
Race bag pickup and in-person registration will be conducted in Irwin Park on Dec. 4 and 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Blair by email at [email protected].
Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at [email protected].