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Santas and elves raced though Medford at the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K

Sean Kay, an Arlington Catholic High School sophomore, came in first place at 17:21 at the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

Sean Kay, an Arlington Catholic High School sophomore, came in first place at 17:21 at the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
John Finn waved to friends and family as he began the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

John Finn waved to friends and family as he began the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
Lila Bushey, 8, happily participated in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk wearing a Grinch sweater.

Jingle Bell 5K run

Lila Bushey, 8, happily participated in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk wearing a Grinch sweater.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
Jamey Roberts with his 3-year-old daughter, Emma, cheered for his wife, son, and mother-in-law in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

Jamey Roberts with his 3-year-old daughter, Emma, cheered for his wife, son, and mother-in-law in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
Hundreds of families and friends participated in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

Hundreds of families and friends participated in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
A family dressed as Christmas elves begins the race down Winthrop Street during the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

A family dressed as Christmas elves begins the race down Winthrop Street during the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)
Over 500 runners participated in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

Jingle Bell 5K run

Over 500 runners participated in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk on November 25 to raise money for Medford schools.

(Photo by Marianne Salza)

MEDFORD — Over 500 runners, wearing elf ears and reindeer antlers, participated in the fifth Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

“It feels great,” said Sean Kay, the Arlington Catholic High School sophomore who came in first place at 17 minutes and 21 seconds. “I run cross country so it feels good to come off that season. It was a lot of fun.”  

Bundled in Christmas sweaters and Santa Claus hats, families darted from the starting line at the Post 45 American Legion, down Winthrop Street, and back up the hill, being welcomed by loved one’s cheers and jingling bells.

The run is sponsored by Lonergan Insurance & Real Estate and Members Plus Credit Union. Proceeds from the November 25 race benefit the 10 public and parochial schools in Medford.

“Our insurance and real estate business is a third generation family business,” said Jay Lonergan, Owner of Lonergan Insurance. “This is our 99th year. We started this during our 95th anniversary because we wanted to give back to the city. It’s gotten bigger and bigger.”

Whether to purchase new athletic equipment or support field trips, Jingle Bell runners contributed to the clubs and teams of local schools, and gathered for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit after the race.

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