The 13th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run
Kailua-Kona’s premier 5k race! Start time is at 7:30 AM SHARP with timing provided by JTL Timing Systems. The featured 5k distance encourages participation from all fitness levels and running backgrounds. Great fun for everyone, family oriented – a perfect addition to your holiday celebrations! And parents…be sure to get your kids ready for ‘Santa’s Keiki Dash” – a popular fun run (100-yd & 200-yd events) for children 6 & under!
About the Run
The Jingle Bell Beach Run began in December of 2005 in an effort to kick off Christmas week with a bang! The idea blossomed from the creative mind of Rani “The RoadRunner” (Tanimoto) Henderson, who wanted to give the run a Christmas twist. With only a week to turn her idea into reality, the creation became an instant hit with the first annual Jingle Bell Beach Run held on December 18, 2005!
One thing Henderson strived for was to keep this run simple and fun. With that in mind, and together with the help of her husband Penn, it has grown over the last few years into a first-class event – one that participants remember, enjoy, and return year after year for more! In addition, awards are given out to the top overall finishers as well as the top three best dressed Christmas costumes. Raffle prizes follow the awards, so it’s very hard for one to go home empty handed!
Santa’s Keiki Dash
A fun, free event for kids 6 & under. Parents are welcome to accompany their children. Non-competitive, no awards, just lots of fun with plenty of goodies! Features a 100-yard dash (4 & under – 1x lap around sand volleyball court), and a 200-yard dash (5-6 years – 2x laps around sand volleyball court). Keiki Dash starts at 8:30, following the completion of the Jingle Bell Beach Run 5k event. Free registration on race morning at the start/finish area (Coconut Grove). Parents must sign a waiver for their child. Keiki Bib #’s will be issued at registration.
*Please Note: All Keiki participants MUST WEAR SHOES. Mahalo!