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Jingle Jam raises awareness about domestic violence

Posted: November 21, 2012 - 1:06am
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A runner gets up close and personal with Santa Claus during the inaugural Jingle Jam 10K in 2011. The race is Dec. 1.  Special Photo
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A runner gets up close and personal with Santa Claus during the inaugural Jingle Jam 10K in 2011. The race is Dec. 1.

Don’t be surprised if you see a Christmas tree run through Evans on Dec. 1.

The Jingle Jam 10K 2012 is bringing back its unique brand of merriment.

The road race to benefit SafeHomes, Inc. and raise awareness about domestic violence, is a Christmas-themed costume contest race over 6.2 miles, beginning at Evans Towne Center at 8 a.m.

It attracted almost 500 runners in the inaugural run a year ago, and organizers expect it to grow this year.

“Last year we had so much positive feedback, we thought bigger and better,” said Goldei Limbaugh, the Jingle Jam 10K founder and a domestic violence survivor. “We’re so far ahead of where we were last year.”

For Limbaugh, the race is a combination of things she is passionate about.

“I thought it would be fantastic to bring a big-city-style race to Augusta,” Limbaugh said. “This is a social issue people don’t really talk about because there’s so much shame and stigma associated with domestic violence.”

Runners will receive gift bags at registration, bells for their shoes so they can jingle all the way and entertainment along every mile of the course. Entertainment includes cheerleaders, singing groups and belly dancers. Top finishers will receive prizes, as will individuals and groups with the best costumes.

Runners can register online for $40 at www.jinglejam10k.com until Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. Late registration, along with packet pickup, is Nov. 30 at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $50. There is no race-day registration.

IF YOU GO

What: Jingle Jam 10K, to benefit Safe Homes of Augusta

When: Nov. 30 race-packet pickup, with race beginning at 8 a.m.

Where: Evans Towne Center Park

Cost: $40; no race-day registration

More: Register online at
www. inglejam10k.com until Nov. 29, or at Savannah Rapids Pavilion 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

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