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Bill Rodgers’ Boston Jingle Bell Run, 2009 and Beyond
Join Bill Rodgers for his Jingle Bell Run in Boston, starting and ending at festive Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This is Boston Billy’s original jingle bell run, first staged in 1977.

Bill Rodgers’ Boston Jingle Bell Run, 2009 and Beyond

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 3 December, 2009

The Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run is a celebration, a holiday-themed, fun run through the streets of Boston, beginning and ending at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It will run Sunday, December 13, 2009, with a typical Bean Town run to and around the famous Boston Common. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. with a great party to follow. It is approximately 2.4 miles, but please note that this is a fun run and will not be timed. As is the tradition at the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run, holiday dress and costumes are encouraged but not required!

The 2009 Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run is in partnership with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Bill Rodgers Running Center, and the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association).

And the post race celebration is not to be missed. Four-time Boston Marathon champion and running legend Bill Rodgers, along with representatives of the B.A.A., will present the 2009 Will Cloney Award (service within the running industry) and Jock Semple Award (local athlete who has made an impact within running) at the post-event party.

Registration is on-line only, so please go to the race Website at to sign up and get more details on the event, including directions.

Run With Bill
This fun run will be held at jogging pace, and will be run between 10 and 13 minutes per mile at a controlled pace. (Due to traffic regulations, this event is unable to accept walkers.) Participants will assemble in front Faneuil Hall (east side, facing Quincy Market), and the course will include a loop around Boston Common before making its way back to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market. The start and finish line is on Merchants Row. Click here for a course map.

The field will be strictly limited to 1,000 registrants. Commemorative long-sleeve Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run T-shirts will be provided for all participants. Event Day bib and T-shirt pickup Opens at 4:00 p.m. and continues until 5:20 p.m. in the Upper Rotunda at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (also known at Quincy Market).

Of course there will be food and DJ entertainment following the run at the post event party. Official entrants will be given one beverage ticket, affixed to their bib number, and light refreshments will be served. Additional beverages may be purchased.6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub and Parris Lounge and Nightclub located within the Quincy Market building at Faneuil Hall Marketplace near the Upper Rotunda. No one under 21-years old will be admitted.
Proper identification, indicating a minimum age of 21 years old, is required for entrance into Ned Devine’s Irish Pub and Parris Lounge and Nightclub. Please carry your ID with you. No exceptions can be made.

A portion of all registration fees will be donated to CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates for Boston And in addition, the Bill Rodgers Foundation sponsors two $500 scholarship awards for the Newington (Conn.) High School Cross Country Boosters Scholarship in honor of Coach Frank D. O’Rourke. Rodgers, a member of the NHS Class of 1966 and perhaps the most famous distance runner of all time, has established these awards to recognize two student athletes who best exemplify the outstanding qualities of character and athletic achievement encouraged and fostered by his mentor, Coach O’Rourke.

Other Details
There will be no coat or baggage check for this event. Please plan accordingly.

Restrooms are located within Faneuil Hall Marketplace, but changing facilities and showers are not available.

The Bill Rodgers Running Center, located within Faneuil Hall Marketplace, will be collecting items for Toys for Tots (formerly known as the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation). Please bring an unwrapped gift with you and plan to drop it off before the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run at the store, located in the North Market Building. Store employees will be on hand to receive your donation.

(From the Faneuil Hall Marketplace web site):



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