Written by Marty Mazur Marty Mazur

There are a number of Holiday Jingle Bell Runs in the area in the next two weeks. They're all on our calendar. Here's a list:

(1) Monday, December 19: Bellefonte Holiday Lights Run, 6 p.m. from Bellefonte Area High School. Wear your holiday running gear, bells, lights, hats, ......! You can run/walk 2-5 miles of the surrounding streets of Bellefonte! All are welcome! Families encouraged to attend! Hot chocolate and cookies afterward! We had approx 40 last year and hope to be bigger and better this year! Please let Kim Gasper know if you are coming and do not plan on running/walking.We can use your helpin the refreshments area. Also, please her me know if you would be interested in baking 1-2 dozen cookies to bring along! In the spirit of the season, please bring an item or donation for Pets Come First. Kim's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(2) Tuesday, December 20: The State College Jingle Bell Run, a "light-seeing" tour of the Christmas lights in State College neighborhoods on the west end of town. Meet at the West Side Stadium parking lot on W. College and Corl St. at 6 PM. The route is a little improvised and makes some stops along the way including one at Marty Mazur's house for cookies, hot punch and/or bourbon. All are welcome. The pace is easy. The distance is around 4-5 miles, but come and run as much as you'd like. Those who want food or refreshment after the run can warm up at the West Side Stadium. If you're thinking of coming and meeting us along the way, you can call Marty at 360-9967 to find out where we are.

(3) Thursday, December 22: Thursday Track Jingle Bell Run. From Rec Hall at noon. Runners are encouraged to wear holiday attire: bells, crazy hats, costumes, lights...nothing is off limits! Runners head to the track for the famous two-lap year end "workout", then jog through town startling holiday shoppers. The run is about 4+ miles at a moderate pace.

(4) Tuesday, December 27: Tara Murray will lead a group run from the American Philatelic Society at the Match Factory complex in Bellefonte. Meet at the Match Factory at the Philatelic Society entrance at noon. Pace will be easy. Mileage will be 3 or 4. She can give a tour of the Match Factory after the run for those interested. Then the group will head over to the Gamble Mill for lunch.

Hope to see you at one or more of these!