Getting into the holiday spirit
The annual & Walk will be held at Camp Casey and Fort Casey State Park again this year. Once a year, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce organizes this run, walk, or stroll event. Participants are treated to sweeping views of the Straits, evergreen and salal canopies, crisp winter air, and likely a few eagle or deer sightings along the way. This year more than 130 people are expected at the December 3 event.
Behind the scenes are more than 12 chamber members leading various committees who volunteer to plan and execute activities necessary to ensure the event is successful. In addition to the chamber members, representatives from the park service and the local ham radio club participate to ensure the trails are clearly marked and that there are plenty of aide volunteers along the way to keep participants from straying off the trails. They also ensure that there are plenty of qualified volunteers to render assistance as needed. In advance, trails are cleared of debris and marked. Refreshments are stocked the morning of the event, long prior to when the first event participant checks in.
Participants are treated to a truly scenic venue. They can expect ample and clearly marked access to parking, a warm auditorium to hang out in before and after, light refreshments, and a fun runner and walker awards ceremony following the event. In past years, participants have shown up dressed in the holiday spirit. We’ve seen runners/walkers in elf and reindeer costumes as well as participants sporting their favorite Christmas sweatshirts and sweaters. To encourage this creativity, there will be a “fun jingle costume event,” planned at 9:30 a.m., just prior to the 10 a.m. start.
For more information, visit http://jingletrailrun.com . You can also register the day of the Jingle Trail Run & Walk on-site, so it is not too late. Registration is $15. The registration and refreshments will be in the Camp Casey auditorium A. Check-in will be 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Location will be clearly marked, so follow the signs.