Calling all Santas, reindeer, Grinches and elves — the Green Beret Jingle Jog is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. in downtown Fayetteville.
The Family and pet-friendly event is organized by the Harriman-Miller Green Beret Organization and the Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller Special Forces Association, Chapter 100.
The groups put on the annual event to raise money for scholarships and other charitable projects in the Special Forces community, including memorial stones, Harvest Fest and sponsoring the only Boy Scout troop at Fort Bragg, explained Mark Guzman, secretary, SFA Chapter 100.
He said the event is a fun way for the community to enjoy some holiday spirit on a crisp December morning. The day will include a 10K, 5K, a DJ, a costume contest, Santa with candy canes and more.
Members of the Panthers TopCats Cheerleaders will again be at the Green Beret Jingle Jog and this year they will be joined by the Panthers mascot, Sir Purr. They will be there to meet and greet guests and pose for some pictures and sign autographs for fans between 8 and 9 a.m.
“It’s a fun, Family-oriented event,” said Guzman. “You get out there, burn off some of the turkey and mashed potatoes and yams from a couple weeks prior at Thanksgiving. It’s giving back to the Soldiers that are out there ... every dime we get goes back out to Soldiers.”
Costumes are encouraged, Guzman said.
“Last year, even the Grinch was there,” he laughed.
The run is sanctioned by U.S.A. Track and Field, which means runners can use it as a certified course for ranking purposes.
Over 500 runners participate in the annual event, which began when the 7th Special Forces Group was stationed at Fort Bragg. Online registration for the event will be open until Dec. 1 and same-day registration will be available starting at 7 a.m., Dec. 2.
The race begins at First Presbyterian Church and makes a loop around Person, Russell and Ray streets. Those running the 5K will complete one loop and 10K runners will complete two loops before crossing the finish line.
The 10K race begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 9:15 a.m., Dec. 2. Both races are open to the public. Race registration is available online at http://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8524 and in person the day of the event.