Jingle Bell Jog Saturday
This Saturday, Dec. 12, the Shepherd Wellness Center will host its first Jingle Bell Jog to help support those in need this holiday season. “It is a fun way to get people together and give back to the community,” said Molly Twine, Membership Coordinator of the Wellness Center. “The whole campus is giving back. This is our small way to help with the progress in an athletic way.”
Registration for the jog begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Shepherd Wellness Center. There are three ways to register: Bring a gift for a child in need, bring a stocking stuffer for a child in need, or bring a canned food item on the day of the race. Children in need can be adopted off of the tree in the Rotunda in the Wellness Center. All the items will be given to the Salvation Army. According to Twine, there is already a lot of interest in the race. Many people have taken an angel from the tree in the Rotunda already.
The route is two miles long. It will begin at the Wellness Center, go through campus towards the monument, and then back. All are invited to participate, students, faculty, staff, residents, and family of residents. All participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday attire. There will be prizes awarded to those that are the best dressed. “[It is a] way to have a little fun on a Saturday and dress up a little,” said Twine.
The Jingle Bell Jog was planned by two student workers at the Wellness Center, Megan Graf and Shelby Hoffman. They were under the supervision of Jennifer Owens, the Assistant Director of Facilities.
According to Twine, if this jog is successful, the Wellness Center would like to offer it annually, as well as offer activities like this throughout the year. “It is important to give back because [the community] has given so much support to us while we were opening and helped us get acquainted. We would like to give back by providing various activities to the community. The holiday is a great way to do that,” said Twine.
– For more information please call (304) 876- 5300.