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The Jolly Jaunt Race Series in Five Massachusetts Communities Supports Special Olympics Massachusetts for the 22nd Consecutive Year
For southern New England, a series of five 5K events across Massachusetts: Boston, Danvers, Hyannis, Springfield and Taunton; Jolly Jaunt has an ever growing fan base – 12,168 Special Olympics Athletes that rely on the financial support from these five 2011 events. Participation is growing for each race; over 4,300 runners and walkers are expected. Be one of them!

  
The Jolly Jaunt Race Series in Five Massachusetts Communities Supports Special Olympics Massachusetts for the 22nd Consecutive Year

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 8 November, 2011

This unique two-day series, with all five races running the weekend of December 3rd and 4th, will bring over 4,300 runners and walkers to participate in five holiday-themed events that now comprise what has become the Jolly Jaunt race series. On Saturday, December 3rd – “Jaunters” in Boston, Springfield and Taunton will take to the streets; and on Sunday December 4th Danvers and Hyannis “Jaunters” will be running and walking for this very special cause. All five events feature a timed 5K race as well as fun fitness walks for those that want to join the festivities; some attend simply to support the Special Olympics Athletes in any way they can.

Who better to support the Special Olympic Athletes than runners who value the health benefits of the sport and the unique camaraderie and social fabric of the sporting/running communities; for them, the benefits are clear and should be extended to all—especially these very special athletes.
www.JollyJaunt.org

The Jolly Jaunt series is a fundraiser, and as such all participants are encouraged to raise $100 to support Special Olympics MA. This year, as an added incentive for those $100 fundraisers, they will be giving away THREE sets of tickets to see the New England Patriots play the Miami Dolphins on December 24th. Each set consists of two Putnam Club tickets for the game. Three winners will be chosen from the pool of registered participants (runners and walkers) that reach $100 in online fundraising by midnight November 30th. The winners will be announced at the Jaunts and the tickets awarded to them on the day of their race.

And individuals that embrace the spirit of giving and raise or donate $500 through any of the Jaunts will receive a commemorative half zip, pullover fleece from the event.

Special Olympics—Special Cause
It is only fitting that Special Olympics, an organization that vaulted into the public conscience for allowing individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in organized sports (with Track and Field still being the most popular sport offered), would embrace the running community to help support its year round training. In 2011, Special Olympics MA will organize and conduct 122 competitions for Special Athletes. The Jolly Jaunt Series is at the forefront of a number of special programs that support those 122 events.

In Massachusetts for 2012, an estimated 12,200 Special Olympics MA (SOMA) Athletes will compete in 27 sports across four sports seasons. Athletes of all ages and abilities will share in the joy, socialization and sportsmanship that so many of us have enjoyed throughout our lives—especially those of us involved in organized running events. The Jolly Jaunt Race series helps to directly fund the community-based and school-based teams that compete annually. The series also helps to cover the significant costs associated with hosting the 10 state-level tournaments at which the Athletes compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, the benchmark of competition within the Special Olympics world.

Twenty-two Years Ago, the Jaunt
SOMA held that first 5K fundraising race and fitness walk in Taunton, which helped to support the growing number of Athletes and teams in Southeastern Massachusetts. And all these years later the Taunton Jolly Jaunt is still the cornerstone of the series. The series has grown to include five excellent races; and of course, the need has grown as the number of Special Olympics Athletes has increased dramatically.

All five of these events have the same roots and the same goals, but each race has a unique and different feel specific to that community. Each one embraces the holiday season with many of the annual participants dressing for the season as the holidays approach. Costume contests with fun prizes for the most festive attire, along with some serious competition—as well as intra series competition--have helped to define the unique flare and enjoyment of this Series.

The Series, 5K All the Way—5K for All (Springfield also Includes a 10K)
Boston and Danvers, both USATF-certified 5K’s, provide for the serious, avid runner looking for a legitimate, timed race towards the end of the year. Although both events have a large number of beginners, mid-packers and walkers who embrace fundraising and the holiday spirit to support SOMA, the majority of Boston and Danvers participation comes from the regular running community. The number of runners is also on the rise in Hyannis, Springfield and Taunton – events that have historically flourished because of direct relationships and involvement of the families and local programs that Special Olympics MA serves.
For information about the Jolly Jaunts, please visit www.JollyJaunt.org and click on the 5K Jaunt nearest you for all of the event specific details.

Saturday, December 3rd
Jolly Jaunt Boston – Jolly Jaunt Boston hits the streets at 10:00 a.m. with a USATF-certified and professionally timed 5K run on the streets of Boston; the start and finish are both at the Boston Common on Charles Street. Participants may register online prior to the event with an early registration fee $35 up to October 28th. After the 28th the registration fee is $40, but registration will be available race morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. along with bib/packet pickup. All pre-registered runners will receive the Jolly Jaunt long sleeve race T-shirt, gift bag and access to the post race party. Prizes for the top runners in each ten-year age groups for women and men will include a $10 gift card to Marathon Sports. Prizes will also be awarded for best costumes, top fundraisers and others.
Call 508-485-0986 x 232 for more details or visit www.JollyJaunt.org

Jolly Jaunt Springfield – This event also hits the streets at 10 a.m. with a 5K AND a 10K run through Western New England College. There will also be a Fun Walk and Kids Dash—something for the whole family. Participants may register online prior to the event or the day of with a registration base fee of $35. However, for the $50 registration, participants will receive the Jolly Jaunt long sleeve race T-shirt, gift bag and access the post race party. As with all five events, prizes for the top runners in each ten-year age groups for women and men will include a $10 gift card to Marathon Sports. Prizes will also be awarded for best costumes, top fundraisers and others.
Call 508-485-0986 x 232 for more details or visit www.JollyJaunt.org

Jolly Jaunt Taunton – Jolly Jaunt Taunton takes off at noon from the newly remodeled Holiday Inn Taunton in the Myles Standish Industrial Park. A 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk precede the Chili Head BBQ post race party and dance with a full southern BBQ lunch, gift bag and Jolly Jaunt long sleeve T-shirt. Registration is $35 in advance. As with all five events, prizes for the top runners in each ten-year age groups for women and men will include a $10 gift card to Marathon Sports. Prizes will also be awarded for best costumes, top fundraisers and others.
Call 508-821-3635 for more details or visit JollyJaunt.org

Sunday, December 4th
Jolly Jaunt Danvers – Jolly Jaunt Danvers presented by the Beverly Hospital of Danvers the streets at 12 noon with the kids race and immediately followed with a USATF timed 5K Run and walk at 12:30 pm. For the $35 registration fee, runners will receive the Jolly Jaunt long sleeve race T-shirt, gift bag and access the post race party – a Taste of Danvers with food from many of the local restaurants. Awards as noted above.
Call 978-750-1051 for more details or visit JollyJaunt.org

Jolly Jaunt Hyannis – Jolly Jaunt Hyannis, presented by Jaxtimer, has become a Cape Cod favorite. In its 6th year, the event continues to grow as does the presence of Special Olympics throughout the Cape and Islands. The event starts at 11:45 am from the Resort and Conference Center @ Hyannis with the Junior Jaunt races for children under 13 and then at noon with 5K road race and 2K Fun Walk. For the $35 registration, participants will receive the Jolly Jaunt long sleeve race t-shirt, gift bag and access the post race party; awards as noted above.
Call 508-821-3635 for more details or visit JollyJaunt.org

Volunteering for SOMA
Special Olympics MA is a volunteer driven organization. With more than 10,000 volunteer coaches, event planners and day-of event volunteers, we are always looking for additional support. Every SOMA event relies on volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for Special Olympics MA, please visit our website www.SpecialOlympicsMA.org for more information.

Feel Good by Doing Good
Get moving, plan and train for your Jolly Jaunt and broaden your racing experience to one that benefits others. These special athletes deserve our support, and these five events are the perfect vehicle to provide that support. You are likely going to race that weekend anyway, so enjoy the sport and experience these events in special Massachusetts locations; make your choice a goal and a destination. Pick the one that is right for you, gather teams or family and friends, select your costume if you like, come with bells on and see Massachusetts with the Jolly Jaunt Series. www.JollyJaunt.org

 

 

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