It's that time of year again, one of my favorite hallmarks of the holiday season - The Jingle Bell Run! This is my fourth year running this race. Although running is a bit of stretch, for the past 2 years I've been walking the race with the rest of the family. I love it as a family activity, even though I think I get more out of it than the other participants who complain about being tired and hungry the entire 3.1 miles.
But I can't help it. I love the community atmosphere. I love the costumes.
And I love the family atmosphere after the race. Since one of the sponsors is Sprouts, this is probably the best post-race spread you can get. There were bagels, doughnuts, coffee cake, chips, oranges, bananas, and after you collect, they hand you a reuseable shopping bag filled with popcorn and kind bars. And the drink situation has the typical water and coffee, but also hot chocolate and apple cider.
There's also a beer garden with the San Diego classic, Stone beer. I told Thatboy we take it for granted that this is our typical race beer as opposed to the Miller Lite or Michelob Ultra that is often handed out at non-San Diego races.
Since most of the kids aren't hanging out in the beer garden, I love that The Jingle Bell Run has a host of kids activities for them. Thatbaby is old enough where I thought he would enjoy the 1k Reindeer Dash. And he kind of did, but he was a little tired from the 5k. He shed his early morning fleece for his spiderman shirt underneath and seemed to have a burst of speed anytime a spectator yelled "go Spiderman!" at him.
Afterwards we headed over to the kid's tent where there was airplane and truck building as well as cookie decorating.
I really do love this race. For me it is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season. Even if it's less of a run and more of a morning out with the family.