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The Original Bill Rodgers Boston Jingle Bell Run
Join Bill Rodgers in downtown Boston for his famous Jingle Bell Run, starting and ending at the Hyatt Regency near Downtown Crossing. This is Boston Billy’s original, managed by the B.A.A., and first staged in 1977. Enjoy these unique running festivities and post race holiday cheer on an early Sunday evening in the Hub!

The Original Bill Rodgers Boston Jingle Bell Run

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

This is it! The Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run is a celebration, and a tradition; it is THE tradition for Jingle Bell jaunts. It is for all runners, and provides a holiday-themed, fun run through the streets of Boston, beginning and ending at the Hyatt Regency near Downtown Crossing, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111. It will run Sunday, December 12, 2010, with typical Bean Town holiday flair. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. with a great party to follow. It is approximately 2.3 miles, but please note 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 (and jingle bells) are encouraged but not required! Please check details and register at while it is open.

The 2010 Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run is managed by the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) in partnership with the Bill Rodgers Running Center , and the Hyatt Regency.

Run With Bill
This fun run will be at a controlled pace. Due to traffic regulations, this event is unable to accept walkers. Participants will assemble near the Hyatt Regency at Downtown Crossing at the intersection of Summer Street and Washington Street, and the course will include a loop around Boston Common and a run through the financial district before making its way back to the Hyatt Regency, and finishing on Chauncy Street. The start and finish are near Downtown Crossing, and you can get there on the T, either the MBTA Red Line or Orange Line. There will be no coat or baggage check for this event, so please plan accordingly. Registration is on-line only, so please go to the race website to sign up and get more details on the event, including directions from every corner of the Boston Metro area, as well as parking suggestions.

The field will be limited so please do not delay in registering. Registered runners must be over the age of 21, as alcohol will be available at the post-race party. Commemorative long-sleeve Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run T-shirts will be provided for all participants. By the way, the Bill Rodgers Running Center is located at 8 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109.

Of course there will be food and DJ entertainment following the run at the post event party. Official entrants will be given beverage tickets, affixed to their bib number, and light refreshments will be served. Additional beverages may be purchased.

Cloney and Semple Awards
As part of the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run, two individuals will receive prestigious and distinctive awards for their accomplishments in, and contributions to, the sport. The awards are named for Will Cloney and Jock Semple, who were longtime caretakers of the B.A.A. and its community, athletic and administrative efforts. They helped to lay the foundation for the evolution of the B.A.A Boston Marathon as the standard of marathons around the world.

The list of names of previous honorees is a virtual running “Hall of Fame” and everyone recognizes the tremendous honor that is bestowed with these awards. Check the list at and you might be surprised by some of the recipients.

Some of the information is missing on these listings. Perhaps you can help to complete them. If you have corrections, additions or can assist in completing the list (some years and some names are missing), please send an email to the B.A.A. at In the subject line please write "Cloney” or “Semple"

The Cloney Award is for service within the running industry, especially locally; while the Semple Award is presented annually to a local athlete who has made an impact within the sport of running. The Boston Athletic Association began its involvement with the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run in 2009 and incorporated this ceremony. Representatives of the B.A.A will be on hand, along with Bill, to present the awards.

This is the season for a beautiful, enjoyable holiday run in downtown with lights and a festive atmosphere that can only be generated by thousands of runners. You will want to be a part of this tradition which began in 1977 when Mr. Rodgers was the top ranked marathon runner in the world. He is, of course, a four-time Boston Marathon champion, four time New York Marathon winner, two time Olympian, winner of races the world over; national record holder at various distances, and all-around running legend. And he loves to run with, and chat with, runners of all ages, abilities, paces and experience levels.

Check it out and get on board at because space is really limited.

Boston is a great place to run, and you will not otherwise have this unique opportunity to run the streets of Beantown with such revelry and enjoyable company. Be a part of the 2010 Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run. Enjoy the run, the holiday atmosphere, the post race celebration and awards, and chat with a legend. Bill Rodgers, despite his fame and accomplishments, is a humble man who loves running and racing. Come join him for this unique holiday happening.



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