Jingle Bell Runners Dash, Dance, and Prance Across Finish Line


Downtown Marshall, Texas, came alive with the recent Jingle Bell Run. The 2017 5K and One Mile Fun Run made its return to a night-time event. It was clear the runners loved the return to a lit run as registration numbers topped 275.

The Jingle Bell Run began and ended at Telegraph Park and wound its way through downtown past light displays, Wonderland of Lights general activities, and FaLaLa Progressive dinner attendees. Many participants came in costume and almost all included jingle bells attached to their shoelaces.

Awards were presented to the first three overall in for each gender, as well as Best Costume for individuals as well as group in ages 14 and under and 15 and over. Overall First Place runners received $250 gift card, Second Place winners received $125 gift card, and Third Place received $75 gift card. All three places for each gender received medals as well. All costume awards received a $50 gift card.

Winners are as follows: Men's Overall First Place, William Songock of Shreveport, Louisiana (16:30). Men's Overall second place, Thomas Moreno of Longview (16:35). Men's Overall Third Place, Alex Wilson of Gladewater (16:45) Women's Overall First Place, Taylor Slack or Shreveport (17:54). Women's Overall Second Place, Carly Wilson of Gladewater (18:59). Women's Overall Third Place Leslie Stelpflug of Tatum (21:47).

Male 14 & Under, Grant Sims of Marshall (19.50). Female 14 & Under, Clara Hollowell of Marshall (24:50). Male 15 to 19, Jon Michael Molock of Ashdown, Arkansas (22:24). Female 15 to 19, Madison Lummus of Hallsville (22:41). Male 20 to 29, Arnol Escobedo of Marshall (18.26). Female 20 to 29, Rachel Nolen of Pittsburg (23.20). Male 30 to 39, RJ Cowan of Tyler (17:09). Female 30 to 39, Kelly Moeller of Shreveport (23:59). Male 40 to 49, Kevin Godfrey of Jefferson (22:05). Female 40 to 49, Nikki Perot of Waskom (25.07). Male 50 to 59, Gary Faulkner of Pittsburg (21.26). Female 50 to 59, Cheryl Webb of Shreveport (29.36). Male 60 to 69, Nicholas Tredway of Shreveport (25:14). Female 60 to 69, Marcy Aldridge of Longview (30:08). Male 70 and over, Kenneth Roden of Longview (34:22). Female 70 and over, Jenneth Merriman of Keithville, Louisiana (53:06).

Wonderland of Lights runs through December 31 (Tuesday- Sunday) from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Wonderland of Lights is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure to follow Wonderland of Lights on Facebook and visit wonderlandoflights.com for up to date details on entertainment and schedule changes. 

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