The Jingle Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk has a different flavor this year.
The race, which normally would be held this weekend as participants walk and run downtown, is now virtual over the next two weeks. The run/walk kicked off Saturday, but will end Dec. 20.
That didn’t stop some from getting an early start. The Colortech team kicked off their walk and run Saturday morning at a walk/run course set up at Panther Creek State Park.
Clodie Hinton, the leader of the group, said it was definitely different this year. She said she missed having the crowds of people that usually attend the event.
But, overall the reason for running and walking to help Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Services raising money to help cancer patients and families of those with cancer.
“That’s very important,” Hinton said. “Cancer is a big problem. I think all of us have had someone in their family who has had cancer or known someone who has.”
Colortech has did the race the last two or three years, she said. The Citizen Tribune’s CT Holiday Headliners also walked Saturday morning at Folsom-Hill Park.
Because of COVID-19, the hospital went to a virtual format for this year.
For those who wished to time their walk or run, there is a race course set up this year at Panther Creek State Park. The course includes walking from the swimming pool to the campground and then up the hill past the overlook before coming back down the hill and starting over again.
The time portion was set for Saturday and Sunday.
Another new addition is the use of the RaceJoy app, which allows participants to utilize technology by mapping out their course and check-in. Participants are able to walk anywhere they want if they don’t want to do the timed course. They can even walk in their neighborhood if they want.
Hospital officials said a total of eight teams signed up this year with a total of 160 participants.