FAQ

Who will t-shirts be given to?

T-shirts will be given to ALL registrants!!

How do I start a team?

  • Visit jbr.org/Birmingham
  • Click Register on the left hand side of page then click “I Agree” 
  • Click Register one person using one credit card, then click start a team
  • Click Independent Team then enter in your team name, then enter fundraising goal (we encourage all teams to raise $1,000) then recruiting goal (how many people you want to recruit to be on your team), click continue
  • Create username and password with all additional information it asks for and then click continue
  • Next fill out the registration form with the required information and click continue
  • Then fill out billing information (you will have pay a registration fee for yourself) and click continue
  • Once you have started your team people can visit your page to make donations or join your team if they want to participate in the race. Below is how to join your team.

How do I join a team?

  • Visit jbr.org/birmingham
  • Click Register on the left hand side of page then click “I Agree” 
  • If you are registering just one person select “Register One Person Using One Credit Card” then click “Join a Team”, if you are registering multiple people select “ Register Multiple People Using One Credit Card” then click “Join a Team”
  • Enter team name
  • Click “Join Team”-this will prompt you for your registration information

What is the Jingle Bell Run Express Pass?

A $75 registration option that offers participants additional perks. It’s a one-click option for runners that are accustomed to these “VIP” or added-swag registration options at other race events across the country.

 What are the benefits for Express Pass registration?

• Express Packet Pickup (or mailed packets, where available)

• Express Gear Check

• Unique race bib

• Limited edition Jingle Bell Run swag (more details to come)

When does online registration close?
Friday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. - no exceptions will be made!

When does Team Registration close?

Team Registration will end on Friday, November 30 at Midnight. NO EXCEPTIONS!! After November 30 at midnight, anyone who has NOT registered will have to register as an INDIVIDUAL (This is to ensure a smooth bib and t-shirt pick-up).

After online registration is closed, can I still register?

YES! You can register in person day of event. We recommend you come early if you are planning to register day of!

How do I get my Bib and T-Shirt? 
Bib and t-shirt pick-up for teams and individuals will be held at The Trak Shak (Homewood) on Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5 from 11am-6pm. If a member from your team DOES NOT pick up your team bag at Trak Shak, team bags will be separated into individuals and can be picked up individually day-of event.

Where will this event take place? 

Meadow Area of Railroad Park.
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Will the 5k course be certified and what is the route?

USATF certified 5k course (3.1 Miles)

Where do I find the event times on Race Day?

Click on the Event Details page for additional event day details

What is a "Start Line Corral"?
The start line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying athletic abilities. You should choose a corral based on your estimated pace/finish time which will allow you to start with other participants of similar running or walking pace. Everyone who has paid the extra $5.00 will receive a timing chip, the corral system will not affect the timing of your race as your actual race time will not start until you cross the starting mat. Look for the following signs on race morning to ensure you are in the appropriate corral.

RUN 21:45 minutes or less/7 minute pace or faster
The "RUN 21:45 minutes or less" Corral will be a roped off section and will have volunteers assist with entry into this corral. Runners expecting to finish the 5K with a finish time greater than 21:45 should line in behind the roped area.

Walkers only
Walkers will line up towards the tail end of the starting line.

NOTE: If you are participating with a stroller and/or children, we ask that you keep your children with you at all times and that you start from the back of the "WALK ONLY" corral. This will allow your family members, and our other participants, a safer race experience. 

How do we get VIP Access? 

Participants raising $500 or more, including registration fee, will be eligible for access to Candy Cane Lane, our 2018 VIP area. VIP area will include breakfast. Deadline to raise funds and be eligible is Wednesday, December 5th.

How do we get Team Tailgate Access?

Teams raising $3,500 or more, including registration fees, will receive a tent and team banner at the event. Tent available from 8am - 12 pm. Deadline to raise funds and be eligible is Sunday, December 2nd.

Will there be event photographers in attendance?

Yes! All photos will be posted on Facebook / our website after the event

Where do I park?

Parking is available along the outer perimeters of the Park along First Avenue South on a first come, first serve basis. Please refrain from parking in the spaces allotted for the various local businesses hat operate along First Avenue south unless you are attending those venues. Violators may be subject to tickets or towing and the Arthritis Foundation is not responsible for tickets/towing costs incurred by an individual. Also refrain from parking in illegal parking spaces. Please CLICK HERE for additional parking information. Parking may be impacted by construction, special events hosted by local businesses and attractions, and/or Railroad Park sponsored or authorized events.

Do I have to fundraise? 

The purpose of Jingle Bell Run is to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. While there is no fundraising minimum, we highly encourage each registrant to raise a minimum of $150. Participants can do this online or by mailing a check to the Arthritis Foundation (500 Office Park Drive, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35223). Other fundraising ideas are a letter writing campaign, jeans day at work, garage sales, bake sales and more! Did you know you can earn prizes for fundraising?!

Where can I find Team Tools?

Click here!!

Also, download the Jingle Bell Run mobile app, details here

Are dogs allowed?

Yes! Keep on leashes please.

Can I push my child in a stroller?

Yes. Children 3 and under can be pushed in a stroller without an additional registration fee.

If my child is participating in the Santa Chase, do I need to register myself?

No - if your child is participating in the Santa Chase and you would like to escort them, you do not need to register for this event. However, if you would like to participate in the 5k event or/and would like an event t-shirt you will need to register as an adult for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

Do I have to run/walk with my teammates?

No! It's wonderful if you all want to run/walk together, but we understand that everybody has a different pace. Whether you are on a team or not, you are free to register for any of the day of options.

Are there awards for top finishers?

5K Awards (for runners that paid to be Chip Timed):

  • Top 3 Overall Male/Female
  • Top 1 Overall Master Male/Female (40 and older) 
  • Top 3 in Age Groups Male/Female

8 and under

30 to 34

55 to 59

9 to 14

35 to 39

60 to 64

15 to 19

40 to 44

65 to 69

20 to 24

45 to 49

70+

25 to 29

50 to 54

 

NOTE: All winners will receive a medal. Winners in overall categories (Overall, Masters, etc.) will not be eligible for age-group awards. Overall Awards based on gun time, Age Group Awards based on Chip Time.

I will be out of town/busy on December 8 - can I still get a shirt and/or fundraise?

Yes! You can still participate and fundraise with a team or as an individual if you aren’t able to attend the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Just click the "register" button and when you are asked to designate a registration type, choose "Jingle in your Jammies". You will receive a shirt, and your registration fee will be greatly appreciated by the Arthritis Foundation!

What if it snows on race day and the roads are icy and the weather person is telling us to stay inside?

Chances are Jingle Bell Run/Walk is still on! We won't shut this event down unless the City of Birmingham tells us to. For updates from the Birmingham Jingle Bell Run/Walk, like us on Facebook or visit our Site.

Are registration fees refundable?

No, if you are unable to attend the Jingle Bell Run/Walk (for any reason), you're registration fee will be considered a donation to the Arthritis Foundation and you can still pick up your shirt at the Foundation office. The Arthritis Foundation reserves the right to cancel the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, and in this event all registration fees will be used as donations to the Arthritis Foundation.

This didn't answer my question - what next?

Please email us with further questions. It may take a day or two to respond, but we'll do our best to get your question answered in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for your patience!

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