Monday, December 6, 2010

Slupecki and Hagen lead a cast of thousands at the Jingle Bell 3K

Jacob Slupecki crossed the downtown Tallahassee finish line ahead of thousands and Kirsten Hagen successfully defended her women's title at the 2010 Jingle Bell 3K, part of Tallahassee's annual Winter Festival. Slupecki, a cross-country runner at Lincoln High School, ran 10:05 on the 3K course through the downtown streets. Hagen, an alumna of the Florida State University cross-country team, clocked 12:32 in the race, bettering her 2009 time of 12:44.


Behind the leaders, the Jingle Bell Run is a chaos of runners, joggers, walkers, people walking dogs, unsupervised children, baby strollers, roller bladers, and skate boarders, many in costume. It's a testimony to great volunteers, the Tallahassee Police Department, and more than a little bit of luck that the event runs more or less smoothly with no serious injuries. Weather for the event was almost balmy, contributing to what may have been a record crowd had anyone bothered to keep an accurate count. It's certain, though, that there were enough participants that it was a feat to get them assembled on Monroe Street at Park Avenue for the start, that the last of the walkers had barely cleared the starting line when the leaders returned to the finish, and that it astonishes the imagination how everyone was able to get off the street after completing the 3K in time for the Winter Festival parade.


Proceeds from the Jingle Bell 3K go to Friends of Our Parks, an organization that does good work supporting the parks of Tallahassee. And if nothing else the event gets people outside, active, and downtown for the Winter Festival parade.


Links: