On Dec. 12, more than 80 runners and walkers showed up at the Shaw Wetlands and Tri-County Trail junction off Robinson Road to participate in the first-annual Jingle Bell Jog, sponsored by Fayette County 4-H Junior Leaders.
This 5K was planned by 4-H member Riley Evans and executed with the assistance of several local 4-H teens who are members of the 4-H Teen Leadership Council. The 5K to benefit the food pantry was one of the Teen Leadership Council’s community service projects.
The funds raised from this charity Jingle Bell Jog 5K were donated to the First Presbyterian Church’s Fayette County Food Pantry. A check in the amount of $1,476 was presented to the Fayette County Food Pantry by 5K race director, Riley Evans, on Dec. 9.
Evans explained to race participants the day of race before the 9 a.m. start time, “I cannot thank you enough for coming out today and donating your time and money to this worthy cause. Please know donating your money today goes a lot farther than donating food. While both are still helpful, food pantries can purchase much more with monetary donations due to discounted rates.”
Several businesses and individuals contributed to the success of this race. Quali-Tee Design Sportswear worked closely with the 4-H Teen Leadership Council to provide a means of registration. Race participants could sign up in Craig’s Shoes and Sports or through its website, qualiteedesign.com. Quali-Tee also graciously offered a discounted rate on race shirts and medals to maximize profits.
Tim Hortons and Pettit Enterprises also donated to the race by providing refreshments of coffee and bottled water. The Record-Herald also contributed by offering free advertisement in the local newspaper and Shopper’s Guide to promote this race, which is one reason it was so large for the first year.
The 4-H Teen Leadership Council is a volunteer club in the county for teens enrolled in 4-H with a focus on service to the community as well as citizenship and government. For more information about the Fayette County 4-H program, please contact the OSU Extension 4-H Educator, Nadine Fogt, at 740-335-1150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.