Veterans Committee will host a Jingle Bell Jog on December 1

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 0 Comments


Though Nayib 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 each day for their country.

After running in the Boston Marathon this year, the Miami Lakes resident broached an idea which allows residents to show their appreciation for soldiers stationed abroad and bring economic development to Miami Lakes as well.

Hassan, chairman of the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee, is spearheading Miami Lakes Jingle Bell Jog, an 5K event which is scheduled for Saturday, December 1.

The five-hour race and walk commences at 7:30 a.m., starting at Main Street and N.W. 67 Avenue, running through the Don Shula Golf Course and ending near Victoria’s Secrets at New Barn Road and Main Street.

All participants will receive a Santa costume and finishers will be treated with a Holiday-themed medal.

Hassan, whose two cousins serve in the U.S Marines and has a nephew enrolled in the U.S. Coast Guard, said the event is the signature recognition for veterans and soldiers who protect “our” country.

“I can’t believe we don’t give enough thanks to the people who are giving their lives for this country,” he said. “These people fight for our liberty and freedom. I appreciate the military every single day.”  

Hassan, an attorney, said the Jingle Bell Jog is similar to the now defunct Jingle Down Main Street, which was hosted by the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce years ago. 

He said SplitSecond Timing agreed to host the event for the next three years.

Hassan said the proceeds from Jingle Bell Jog will benefit Veterans causes, including treatment of PTSD, and sending out care packages to the military abroad.

“Our residents will get the opportunity to draft letters to our military thanking them for their services as well as having a fun time in the 5K,” he said. “Children will have the opportunity to see Santa.”

Hassan said his group agreed to split the proceeds with MPS Superkids, a foundation for children with Hunters disease.

“We will split the proceeds for one year to help them reach their goal,” he said.

The holiday event is expected to bring new revenue to Miami Lakes, as participants and spectators will shop and dine on Main Street and other restaurants and shops in the area.

“Besides bringing awareness to the veterans in the town, we want to make it an event to generate people toward Main Street,” he said. “We are encouraging people to come back to Miami Lakes and reminiscing about spending their dollars in the town.”

During the Boston Marathon, Hassan said runners participated in a race to honor and raise money for the military and thought it would be a good idea to bring a similar event to Miami Lakes.

“I proposed it at our meeting and the Veterans Committee members agreed to it,” he said. “We’ve reached out to companies and individuals and they are also on board.”

Hassan initially proposed the event the day following the town’s Veterans Day Parade but the profits were projected to be less.

“The Jingle Down Main Street saw good returns so we decided on December for our event,” he said. “We’re hoping for not only individuals, but families, young and old, to run, jog or walk.”

Miami Lakes is participating in the Military Tribute Banner Sponsorship Program, which honors the local men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. 

Jingle Bell Jog participants can register at


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