“The purpose of this benefit is to raise money to help people with their electricity in emergency situations,” said Jim Welch, who works in social support at Cleveland’s Salvation Army.
A total of 100 joggers have preregistered for the 5K run and one-mile Walk for Warmth. Those wishing to register the day of the event may do so for $25. Families of four may register for the walk at a $45 special rate. All participants will receive a Jingle Bell Jog T-shirt.
Welch said he would like to see at least 150 joggers in this year’s event.
“The weather is supposed to be really nice Saturday,” Welch said. “Quite a few people will be there to support the joggers and cheer them to the finish line.”
This year’s 5K and one-mile Walk for Warmth will begin at Tinsley Park and follow the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Participants of the 5K will take off from Tinsley, jog toward Cooke’s and turn back to the start/finish line. The path has been professionally measured and certified. Times will be professionally recorded.
Welch said a lot of work has gone into this year’s event.
“I really appreciate the hard work of committee members and other employees of the Salvation Army. It is not just me. A lot of people come together to do work for this benefit,” Welch said.
Members of Welch’s makeshift committee are not a part of the Salvation Army.
“A special thanks needs to go out to Jeff Gregory, Mark and Kim Lorello, Matt Jenkins, and Zandra Welch,” Welch said. “Our sponsors deserve a big thanks, as well.”
A total of nine sponsors were recruited for this year’s event. Each of the following sponsors donated $250: Kathy Lee, The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Cleveland, Dr. Josh Olmstead, Kay Free, Check Into Cash, Ever After Bridal, Westco Land Clearing, Pioneer Credit, and Mount Olive Ministries.
Sponsorship money covers the cost of T-shirts, banners and additional items needed for the benefit. Jingle Bell Jog’s presenting sponsor, SouthEast Bank, covered all costs for the shirts. Their donation totaled out at $1,500.
All money left over from sponsor donations goes toward the utilities program.
“We really try to keep expenses down as low as possible,” Jim Welch said. “We want any money we make to go toward utilities. This is pretty much true with any fundraiser.”
Volunteers are set to pack bags, hand out food, register participants, and cheer on joggers. They will also be used to monitor the track.
“We will have people spread out throughout the course to monitor activity,” Welch said. “Guys with hand radios will be set up at the beginning, middle, and end of the course.”
Bagels, fruit, and coffee will be provided for those attending the event, as well as participating. Trophies and medals will be given at the completion of the 5K.
“This year we are giving trophies for first through third for male and female overall, and youth (14 and under) first through third overall,” Welch said.
First through third finishers in each bracket will receive medals, Welch said. Additional information can be found at csarmy.org. A Jingle Bell Jog icon is on the lower left-hand side of the home page. The link is attached to the event’s home page.