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Festive Family Friendly Runs to Celebrate the Season and Community


Jingle Bell Run

Mark your calendars for the Norpoint Classic and Jingle Bell Run By Jillian Chandler


It’s that time of year that we celebrate togetherness with family and friends … and our community. As we’ve officially entered the holiday season, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas outdoors among friends. And what better way to warm up during these cooler days than by participating in Metro Parks Tacoma’s Norpoint Classic and Jingle Bell Run.

Both presented by PacificSource Health Plans, the annual Norpoint Classic—Tacoma’s original Thanksgiving fun run—offers participants the option of a 5k or 2-mile chip-timed run. The fun takes place Thanksgiving morning (November 23), from 9am to noon at Center at Norpoint. The course begins and ends at the center’s parking lot and winds through Northeast Tacoma, offering mountain and sound views.

The cost to register is $30 per person through November 9 (register by this date to ensure your race shirt by race day) and increases to $40 per person November 12 through 23. Registration can be done online, though day-of registration will be available. Children 5 and younger are free to participate but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Runners, walkers, strollers, and dogs on leash are all welcome.

Metro Parks will be partnering with the Northeast Healthy Kids Coalition. Please bring any of the following items to donate on race day: Cup O’ Noodles (beef or chicken), juice boxes or pouches, mac and cheese microwavable cups, individual fruit cups or applesauce pouches. Don’t forget to sign up for Metro Park Tacoma’s Jingle Bell Run, with this year’s run happening 10am to noon Saturday, December 16. Held at Wright Park, this 3-mile walk/run is a family favorite for all ages, and a wonderful way to spend time outdoors together with friends, family and fellow community members.

Pre-registration is required online and is $30 per person through December 1; $35 December 2 through 16. Entry fee includes a head warmer and hot chocolate!

Once again, Metro Parks will be gathering donations as they partner with Tacoma Rescue Mission. They are looking to collect blankets, coats, sleeping bags, gloves, warm hats and socks, hand warmers, small flashlights, travel-size deodorant and disposable razors, and warm clothing in general. Race participants are asked to donate what they can. Come out for some fun, while showing your support to those in need, at the 2023 Norpoint Classic and Jingle Bell Run. Additional details, as well as a link to register, can be found online at MetroParksTacoma.org by clicking on events and searching Norpoint Classic or Jingle Bell Run.


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