Event Information

The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. 

Event Location

Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

Event Details & Updates

Masks are required indoors, and highly encouraged at the start line. Food & beverages will be available indoors as well as outdoors.

Event Schedule

7:30 – 8:50 a.m       Packet pick-up and day-of registration, visit sponsor tables

8:30 a.m.                 Kids Dash

9:00 a.m.                 5K timed start

9:05 a.m.                 5K untimed start

9:10 a.m.                 1 mile start

10:00 a.m.               Post race ceremonies

11:00 a.m.               Event concludes

Jingle Bell Run Pricing

5K Timed – Includes shirt and jingle bells.

$30 - Until Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. 
$35 - Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
$40 - Nov. 1 to Dec. 3 at 12:00 p.m. (online registration closes)
$45 - Dec. 4-5 (packet pickup & day of event)

5K Untimed – Includes shirt and jingle bells.

$25 - Until Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. 
$30 - Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
$35 - Nov. 1 to Dec. 3 at 12:00 p.m. (online registration closes)
$40 - Dec. 4-5 (packet pick-up & day of event)

1 Mile – Includes shirt and jingle bells.

$25 - Until Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. 
$30 - Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
$35 - Nov. 1 to Dec. 3 at 12:00 p.m. (online registration closes)
$40 - Dec. 4-5 (packet pick-up & day of event)

Virtual Jingler - Can’t attend the event, but still want to be part of the fun? Choose this option to receive a shirt and fundraise for a cure!
$30 - Until Dec. 5 (day of event)

Registration fees and donations cannot be refunded. Your fundraising dollars are put to work immediately and enable the Arthritis Foundation to continue critical programs and services in our community.

Packet Pickup

Saturday, December 4
2:00 - 6:00 p.m..
Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

*Pick up your race day t-shirt and bib number if you have already registered or stop by and register in person for the Jingle Bell Run.

Registration and Packet Pickup - We encourage everyone to register in advance, but walk-up registrations are welcome (both at packet pickup on Saturday and at the event on Sunday). With your registration, everyone receives a participant shirt, a bib number, and jingle bells for your shoes.

Event Day Details

  • Pre and post-race activities are conducted indoors. Course Map

  • There are two routes (5k and 1-Mile). The 5k timed race will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please listen for announcements concerning your start time. 

There is also a kid’s fun run that will be held outside, prior to the other races. The start/finish line is the same for all runners/walkers

  • Other than service animals, pets are not permitted at the event.

  • Strollers welcome

  • Costumes are encouraged!

  • Finisher Medals - All participants will receive a finisher medal upon completion of the Jingle Bell Run 5k and 1 mile. Top FinishersPrizes are given to the top three male and top three female overall finishers for the timed 5k. Top Age Group Finishers -  Medals are given to the top three male and top three female 5k timed finishers in each age group (top 3 male and female overall finishers are taken out of the age group division). The age groups are: 14 and under, 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+

  • Arthritis Foundation Mission Area - Those of you living with Arthritis – our Arthritis Warriors – you are the reason we come together on Jingle Bell Run day. To honor and recognize you, we have several activities going on throughout the day. Please make sure to stop by the mission area to pick up some items we have especially for you, including an arthritis warrior decal and colored leis for you to wear that will represent that you have arthritis.

Offline Donations

Checks or Money Orders can be mailed to:
Arthritis Foundation, Inc.
Attn: 2021 Jingle Bell Run -  Kankakee, IL
C/o: {Participant Name or Team Name}
1355 Peachtree Street, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30309

For more help or information about the 2021 Jingle Bell Run Kankakee, contact Jessica Bearak at [email protected] or call 773-917-5601.