Jingle Bell Jog expected to draw 1,500 on December 1

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Jingle Bell Jog expected to draw 1,500 on December 1

The Miami Lakes Jingle Bell Jog is right around the corner, as 1,500 people are expected to participate in the 5k run and walk starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 1.

The Miami Lakes Veterans Committee said the event will honor and show appreciation for military soldiers and veterans, and raise money to benefit those who are suffering from PTSD.

The committee agreed to split the proceeds with MPS Superkids, a foundation for children with Hunters disease.

After the 5K event, children ages 3-10 can participate in distances ranging from 25 meters to 400 meters, broken down into age groups. 

Cuban country singer Ricky Valido will be performing on stage during the event.

Each participant will receive a holiday-themed medal, a Santa suit costume, and a pair of Jingle Bells to tie to their running shoes.

Kids can take pictures with Santa Claus and write letters to soldiers aboard expressing their appreciation and gratitude for their services to this country.

As of last month, the event raised over $30,000 and attracted major sponsors.

The title sponsor is Headquarter Toyota. Other sponsors include Responsive Auto Insurance, A&P Conditioning, Vicky Bakery, Amaize, Snow’s Jewelers, Dr. Limion, Orange Theory Fitness, Nu World Title Group, Specialized Investigation Consultants, Andy’s Police Supply, Vista Memorial Funeral Home, Business Network International, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Nayib Hassan, P.A., Grace Jiu-Jitsu Training Center, All American Floors, Next Level Barber Shop, and Ana G. Mendez University.

Committee chairman Nayib Hassan said he got the idea for Jingle Bell Jog after he ran in the Boston Marathon this year. He said he was impressed with runners who participated in a race to honor and raise money for the military and broached the idea to his committee. Though Hassan has never served in the U.S. military, he said America can do more to honor soldiers and veterans for putting their lives on the line for their country.

Online registration is available at www.jinglebelljog.net/MiamiLakes.

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