The 5K was first organized by the family and friends of Samuel Lee Smith, who passed away in a car accident in 2006.
Since then, the Jingle Bell Run has become a tradition in Jasper. For the past two holiday seasons, it has doubled as a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation as well as the local fund named in memory of Smith.
There will be no registration fees for this year’s run, which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7.
Instead, participants are asked to bring toys and other items to help benefit local families.
Some of the toys will be delivered immediately following the run, and the rest will become part of the Matthew Ministry Outreach giveaway on Dec. 20.
Smith’s widow, Jennifer, said she and their two children, Sawyer and Brylee, look forward to the run each year.
“It’s a fun time, and it’s important for us to remember Lee each year for something that he loved so much. He loved to run, and he loved to help other people,” Smith said.
Registration for the Jingle Bell Run will be held from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Courthouse Square.
The 5K will begin at 9 a.m.
Awards will be given to first place finishers as well as best dressed. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in holiday attire.