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Mel's Jingle Run 5K

Sat December 3 2016
Location: Hickory, NC US 28601 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Other

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Mel’s Jingle Run, a festive 5K race that feeds the hungry in our local community and supports Gold Star families across the nation.  Mellow Mushroom Hickory and owner Leslie Knapp are teaming up with local partners to organize this 5K, scheduled for Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Hickory.  Proceeds will go to Operation 300 and to the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

Operation 300 is a non-profit organization that hosts adventure camps for children who have lost their fathers as a result of military service and seeks to honor the families of the Fallen.  This cause is personal to race co-organizer, Sarah Prencipe.  Having lost her brother-in-law in a Coast Guard helicopter crash, she has witnessed the hardship of her sister and two young nephews dealing with the death of a husband and father.  Operation 300 has provided them much needed encouragement and inspiration.  Not only do the kids have fun at camp, but they also bond with other kids who have experienced the same tragedy.  For these Gold Star children to realize that they are not alone is a huge source of comfort. 

Mellow Mushroom nationally sponsors the No Kid Hungry campaign. Locally, Leslie Knapp supports efforts to fight hunger in our community, through organizations like the Hickory Soup Kitchen.  The Soup Kitchen is a staple in Catawba County and is a beacon for the homeless and underemployed.  In one year alone, they served 46,336 people and 70,818 plates of food.  They open their doors to the neediest in our community and we want Mel’s Jingle Run to reflect that generosity!

To learn more about these charitable organizations visit www.Operation300.com and www.HickorySoupKitchen.org.  Thank you for participating and supporting these worthy causes!

Event Time Price Details
Mel's Jingle Run 5K
9:00AM EST
Mel's Phantom Runner
9:00AM EST
Union Square NW
Hickory, NC US 28601
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Registration Options

Registration forms can be picked up at Mellow Mushroom Hickory. Mail the registration form and payment to Mel’s Jingle Run, 350 44th Ave. Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Secure online registration available through RunSignUp.

Register on race day. On site registration will be held at the start/finish at the Sails on the Square from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Registration will CLOSE at 8:30 a.m.

(Be sure to arrive early. You may not be allowed to register if you arrive late, due to organizational requirements.)

Packet Pickup

Race packets will be available at the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory on Friday, December 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. You may also pick up your packet the morning of the race.


The awards ceremony will be held once the results are tabulated.
Unique awards will be given in the following groups:

• Top three overall male and female runners

• Top 3 males and females in these age groups: 12 & under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 & over

Awards will also be given for the most festive & jingled out race apparel!


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