You may or may not remember that I was race director for an awesome holiday race last year. It was SO awesome that no one attended the real life event knowingly. And the winner of the real life race was a random guy who had no idea he was a part of the resurrection of Jingle Bell Hell.
Runner Chris...random guy who won last year's race!
There were a number of participants in the virtual race and they gave some fabulous race recaps...and most of them got prizes! Though two of the prizes are still sitting here in a box never having made it to the post office...so embarrassing :(
ooooooo!!!! aaahhhhhhh!!! prizes!!!!!
It's time to sign up for this fabulous event!
Below is information on the race...past and present...a little history...some details...hope to see you there, either in the flesh or in spirit!
The 5th running of
Jingle Bell Hell
1/3-marathon and fun run
Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
Rain or Shine
or wherever in the world you might be :)
The starting point of the real-life event is Inspiration Point in Berkeley, California and the course map is...
and the elevation profile is...
as determined by my Garmin.
My best friends from high school used to put on a race in December. It was small in terms of the number of participants but huge in terms of fun and adventure. Initially, it was a half-marathon, but they found that very few of their friends were at all interested in or capable of running that far. Additionally, the course involved some running on a twisty, narrow road with minimal shoulder that did see its fair share of traffic...especially on weekends. So they abbreviated it to a 1/3-marathon (more or less...a bit over 8 miles) and were able to run it entirely on a paved, car-less road.
My husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) and I ran in their 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Hell in December of 1995 (see picture above...I am front and center with the socks on my hands, he is in the back in the light shirt). It was freezing by Bay Area standards...but not wet. Not everyone went all the way out to the turnaround...and that was just fine.
I won the trophy that year... the "Actually Trained for This Race" Award...
This year's winner will get to have their picture taken with this perpetual trophy and have their name added to the illustrious list on the bottom... ballpoint pen inscribed on masking tape, 'cuz we're classy like that. And there will be some prizes that can be taken home as well :)
I am really hoping to see some local runners in attendance! It's not far from San Francisco, San Jose or even Santa Cruz... looking west or south. Concord is super close to the east, and Sacramento is just 90 minutes away to the north. It's a great follow-up to the early December races, like CIM and Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas.
If you're coming in from out of town and need a super cheap place to crash...with an SF Bay view, in a solid structure, and don't mind driving a five miles...
The Albany Bulb Waterfront has some very artistic structures that may or may not be inhabited by squatters.
If you want to do virtual version of Jingle Bell Hell, here are the parameters...
- Must be at least 5K in total length...no maximum.
- Must be done on a challenging course (and if you hate treadmills, that means it could be on a treadmill) because the idea is "Hell" ... that is the important part.
- Must be done between Dec. 8-16, 2011... any time of day or night. This gives you two entire weekends to choose from.
- You must laugh at least once... can be an evil laugh, a laugh of futility, any kind of laugh but laughter is a MUST.
- Email me a link to your Jingle Bell Hell recap so I can post it and we may all share in the fun... please include something about when, where, why regarding the laughing part and what made the run your special brand of Hell :)
Participants in the virtual race will be entered in a prize drawing. Things like fueling products, Nuun hydration products, winter running gear, running safety items, some random stuff... I want to try to have something for everyone... depending on how many or how few participate. Going with that whole "Everyone's a Winner" thing :) Don't want anyone's self-esteem damaged by a silly sporting event.
Leave a comment if you want to participate!