Registration ongoing for 2015 Jingle Jog

By Jason Smith
Times Correspondent

Although Jessica Graf works in the healthcare industry, she saidlast year was her first time running in the annual Jingle Jog in McDonough. She was encouraged to do so by her then-boss, Dr. Joseph Powell.

“I was super nervous about it, but I was really proud of myself for doing as well as I did,” says Graf. “Exercise itself has always been really important to me, but working at a therapy clinic last year kind of put it in perspective how important being in shape is. Training other people just shows you how you need to be in shape as well.”

Participants at the 2014 Jingle Jog take time for a photo. This year’s 5K run and one-mile walk will be Saturday, December 5. Special photo

Graf moved to Cumming after getting married earlier this year. Still, she plans to come back for the 2015 Jingle Jog, scheduled for Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The event will begin at First Baptist Church of McDonough, 101 Macon St. It includes a 5K run and one-mile walk.

Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m. The cost to sign up for the 5K is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Registration for the walk is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event.

There will also be a free Elf Trot at 10:30 a.m., for kids age 6 and under.

The Jingle Jog has been a holiday-season mainstay in Henry County since its inception in 2008. Powell, in his second straight year as organizer of the event for the Rotary Club of Henry County, says people look forward to the event each year.

“A good majority of our participants come from the local community,” says Powell. “We usually get volunteers from local schools to help with the race. Some are there to jump-start their personal fitness. Some come to support the Rotary Club and its charity work and others use it as a fun way to bring in the holiday season.”

Powell says last year’s Jingle Jog raised about $7,000 for various causes the Rotary Club supports, including worldwide polio vaccinations, ALS research, Rotarians Against Distracted Driving, and Stop Human Trafficking. Funds from the Jingle Jog will also go toward Haven House, A Friend’s House and the Souns literacy program for kids.

To register online for the Jingle Jog, visit