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2017 Jingle Bell Run Bellingham
Frequently Asked Questions


Where and when do I pick up my shirt/bells/race number?

Individuals and Team Captains may pick up race packets-
Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.*

Location: Bellingham Training and Tennis Club
800 Mackenzie Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
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Additional Parking: View Map

*Team Captains or a representative MUST pick up all supplies for your team - please make sure all team members know that their bib, bells and t-shirt will be picked up and distributed to them.


Saturday, December 10 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “day of event” Packet Pick-Up
Bellingham High School
2020 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

You may pick up for more than one person. Shirts/bibs/bells can be picked up 12/5 or 12/6 at Bellingham Training and Tennis Club or event day at the Bellingham High School beginning at 7:00 a.m.


Will there be a VIP Area again this year – How do I qualify?
VIP Area will be available for top team captain fundraisers, top individual fundraisers raising over $500 and sponsor representatives. On-line registration will close 12/1 at 11:59PM and you will be notified by 12/5 if you qualify for this VIP Area. Special treats, prizes and coat check will be available in this area.

What is a Team Tailgate area and how does my team qualify?
This year we will have a Team Tailgate area for teams raising $2500 and over. Results for team fundraising will be tallied midnight Friday 12/1 at 11:59PM and teams will be notified of their access to the team tailgate area by Sunday, 12/3. Top teams will receive a 10x10 tent for your team to decorate and gather with all your team members before the race. Feel free to supply your tent with a banner and goodies for a fun festive winter morning Jingle Bell Run experience.


When will registration close?
On-line registration will close Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:59PM.

After online registration is closed, can I still register?
YES! You can register in person Tuesday, December 5 or Wednesday, December 6 between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Bellingham Training and Tennnis Club in Fairhaven. You may also register on event day morning Saturday, December 9 starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Bellingham High School. The fee will increase $5 on Saturday, December 2.

I am on a Team what about my shirt/race number/bells?
Check with your Team Captain they have all your stuff!

How does Team Packet Pickup work?
Team Captains will pick up their entire team’s shirt/bells/race numbers together on Tuesday, December 5 or Wednesday, December 6 at Bellingham Training and Tennis Club in Fairhaven (Mackenzie Street in Bellingham) between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. They will then coordinate with you give you your items.

What about Team Registration?
Team registration will close at midnight on Friday, December 1. You can still register for the Jingle Bell Run in person individually Tuesday, December 5 or Wednesday, December 6 at Bellingham Training and Tennis Club in Fairhaven (Mackenzie Street in Bellingham) between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and join the fun with your friends who are on the team.

Where is the course route this year?
Click here to see a map of our fun route! The start line is on Cornwall Ave.

Where does all the fun start?
At the Bellingham High School 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA. Join us for the holiday costume contest after the race near the event stage at the high school.

Where is the Kids Fun Run with the Elves?
The Kids Fun Run with the Elves will start and end in front of the high school on Cornwall Ave. They will be escorted by Elfie and the elves. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to join the little ones.

Is there a bag/gear check for VIP?
Yes, there will be a bag/gear check area for top fundraisers and any Express Pass registrations individuals and team captains that have been invited to the VIP area only. It will be located inside the high school by the registration and VIP Area. (To qualify see the How to Qualify for VIP above.)

Where do I park?
There is free off street parking on Saturday morning, the high school parking lot, or neighboring lots near the race course.

Do I have to fundraise?
The purpose of this Bellingham holiday tradition is to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. While there is no fundraising minimum, we highly encourage each registrant to raise a minimum of $100. Participants can do this using their online fundraising headquarters (which is automatically created at the time of registration), the smart phone Jingle Bell app, or by good old fashioned “asking your friends family or coworkers to donate.”

Other fundraising ideas are a letter writing campaign, jeans day at work, garage sales, Facebook fundraising and more!

Did you know that you can earn incentive prizes by raising money? Starting at just $100 raised (this includes your registration fee), you can win great items! Check out our fundraising incentives tab for more information about prizes.

How do I turn in my donations?

Any donations that are not made directly online, sent to the below address, dropped of at our office, or brought to packet pick up at Bellingham Training & Tennis Club during packet pick up hours:

Office Address:
Arthritis Foundation
1329 N. State Street #304
Bellingham, WA 98225

Please note that in your personal fundraising HQ (online) you have the opportunity to enter donations. This allows for all donations to be added to your fundraising total immediately. If you have questions, please email Donations can also be turned in at Packet Pick-up or the morning of the event at the Bellingham High School. Please note to qualify for VIP Areas and Team Tailgate all donations need to be received Friday, 12/1.

Are dogs allowed?
Yes, dogs are allowed for the dog trot portion of the 5k WALK ONLY. In order to continue to allow for dogs to participate in our event we need all dogs to be with a walker participant, on a leash and must start in the back of the runners when we start the race. Owners are encouraged to be mindful of their leash length to ensure no walkers are compromised by the leash. We will provide a dog bandana for your dog and a poop bag for accidents. All dogs must be cleaned up after if necessary. Thank you for being mindful of your animal so we can continue to allow dogs at our event.

Are baby joggers allowed?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your little elves in your baby jogger or stroller. We do ask that you start after the faster runners for safety reasons.

Is there still a costume contest?
Yes! Please don your most festive snowflake, elf, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, or any other costume you like. Judging will occur after the race at the main stage area at approximately 8:50 a.m. before the 5k begins.

If my child is participating in the Kids Fun Run, do I need to register myself for the Kids Fun Run?
No - if your child is participating in the Kids Fun Run and you would like to escort them, you do not need to register yourself for this event. However, if you would like to participate in the 5k event or/and would like an event t-shirt you will need to register as an adult for the Jingle Bell Run.

Do I have to run/walk with my teammates?
No! It's wonderful if you all want to run/walk together, but we understand that everybody has a different pace.

Are there awards for top finishers?
Yes – prizes will be given to the overall top three male and females finishers.

If I can't make the event will the Arthritis Foundation refund my registration fee?
No, if you are unable to attend the Jingle Bell Run (for any reason), you're registration fee will be considered a donation to the Arthritis Foundation and you can still pick up your t-shirt at the Foundation office the week after the event - 1329 N. State Street #304, Bellingham, WA 98225.

The Arthritis Foundation reserves the right to cancel the Jingle Bell Run, and in this event all registration fees will be used as donations to the Arthritis Foundation.

I will be out of town/busy on December 10 - can I still be involved and get a t-shirt?
Yes- you can still participate on a fundraising team as an individual if you can't actually attend the Jingle Bell Run. Just click the "register" button and when you are asked to designate a registration type, choose "Jingle in your Jammies". You will receive a t-shirt and your registration fee will be greatly appreciated by the Arthritis Foundation.

I'm from out of town, is there local lodging recommended?
There are many great hotels in the Bellingham area. Four Points by Sheraton is an event sponsor this year.


What happens in if there is inclement weather the day of the event?
Arthritis Foundation staff reserve the right to cancel or modify the course if deemed necessary to protect the participants, volunteers, spectators and/or host community. 

The set up and staging of the event requires substantial upfront expenses. Regardless weather or not the race is completed, modified or canceled – it will not result in a refund of registration fees or donations. 

In the case of inclement weather or a public safety issue, every effort will be made to receive input from local officials and the national weather service before making any changes to the event or course.

Should the event be canceled – Notification will be communicated through Facebook event page, email and Cascade Radio Group. 

You didn't answer my question - what next?

Please email or call 360-733-2866 with further questions. It may take a day or two to respond, but we'll do our best to get your question answered in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for your patience!

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