This race was a pretty last minute decision for me. I signed up 2 or 3 days ahead of time when I realized that if I did a race in December that would be 1 race every month of the year! (Well June I am counting volunteering for the GOTR 5K as my race. So I kind of cheated, but at least I am honest about it right?!)
The Portsmouth Jingle Bell Run was a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. I love when races are fundraisers for a great cause. My mom has Rheumatoid Arthritis and I learned it is the leading cause of disability in the US. I was happy to help in this TINY way towards this cause, especially when I have been focused on the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and Girls on the Run as my two main charities the last year.
Another thing I loved was that since it was December, it was a Jingle Bell Run. We all got bells with our bibs so everyone was jingling throughout the race. I also dressed up and if you follow me on Instagram you know how difficult that was for me! LOL! I added my pictures at the end of this post.
Formal Race Review
2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Little Harbour School Portsmouth NH
Parking: Parking was right next to the start, no waiting, no long walks, very convenient.
Registration/Timing: Bib pick up was inside the school. It was nice to have a place inside to get ready for the race without having to be out in the freezing cold!
Time was a semi-sucess because my time that was printed at the awards was different than the time I was emailed and that was published online! Another weird timing thing that has never happened to me before!
According to my time at the awards, I came in 2nd in my age group! woohooo!
Facilities: There were a few Porta Potties by the starting line and bathrooms inside the school that were available. I did see a line at the indoor bathrooms before the race, but it was pretty short and that is to be expected at any race, especially if you are a woman!
Course: The course was a loop that brought us through residential areas and to downtown through a section of historical buildings by Prescott Park. It was really cool running through that area. I don't know Portsmouth well so didn't know we were coming up on Prescott Park until we were right on top of it.
Overall Review: I really liked this course. There were a few good hills, but it wasn't too hilly that it was extremely hard. Loops are always nice and I loved running through the historical section of Portsmouth. PLUS it is always awesome when people dress up for races. It makes them even more fun :)
Final Verdict: I liked this race, but I don't think it will be a MUST DO for next year. I just stumbled across it this year and feel like that would be the same situation next year.
Time: 27:48 printed at the awards
Time: 28:30 emailed to me as the results
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance