The jiggling of bells drowned out the dripping of raindrops during Saturday morning’s Northfield Jingle Bell Run and Walk.
More than 200 runners and walkers, many wearing rubber wristbands decorated with tiny jiggle bells, splashed their way along the race course in weather more typical for early spring than the middle of December.
Inclement weather is nothing new for the Jingle Bell Run, event officials said. For instance, heavy snow fell during the run two years ago.
But this year’s chilly drizzle was something new, they said. Rain had never fallen on race day in the event’s 11-year history.
The conditions didn’t dampen participation in the event, which annually raises money for Northfield nonprofit organizations. Organizers said they were pleased with the number of residents who registered. Final registration numbers were not available Saturday.
Participants could tackle either a 5-kilometer or 2K route. For the first time, the starting and finish lines, as well as pre- and post-race activities, were at the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College.
Racers set out on their journeys to a chorus of “Jingle Bells” that was led by a brass band.
Kim Horner was the first to cross the finish line in the 5K, with a time of about 17 minutes. She was followed by Joe Amerman.
Here are the two top finishers in each class:
MEN—1. Joe Amerman, 2. Shawn Scherr
WOMEN—1. Kim Horner, 2. Jayna Tilstra
KIDS (2K)—1. Lucy Menssen, 2. Will Beaumaster
All proceeds for this year’s event will be contributed to the Northfield Area Family YMCA.
More photos from the event can be see on the Northfield Area Family YMCA's Facebook page, by clicking here.