8:45 am on Christmas morning and all three kids still abed.  I miss the energy and excitement and anticipation that only youthful eyes could muster at 4:00 am.  Brunch all prepped, bored silly, so I’ll post a recap on yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run.


We had a record turnout of 65 runners/walkers/supporters of the cause.  Thanks to everyone that put others ahead of themselves for just a brief slice of their Christmas Eve.
,My shirt may have said “Naughty” but I sure felt nice, as did everyone that enjoyed the perfect afternoon, hot chocolate, donuts, and other various and sundry treats.  The bells affixed to our shoes and hats and hair made a joyful noise around the dojo.


Festive attire was encouraged and Cassandra rocked her tu-tu on her tour of Zorinsky.

Even Ivan, our mascot for next week’s Hair of the Dog Run got into the Christmas spirit.  He’s just finishing his loop and eyeing some treats!

Great to have Lorraine & Tom Whitaker out for the cause.  We had many runners from out of state  credit the Omaha Run Club website for learning about the event.

It was cool to see so many kids and families out learning about community service from their parents.  These kids took holiday time from themselves and that makes them rare indeed.

I may have had the Grinch on my shorts but my heart did grow 10X yesterday.  Many of the Good Mates made it out in support of the cause, here I’m dashing and prancing ahead of Matt Schneider, Andrew Jacob, and Lee Anderson.

Team Nebraska and USATF, great partners in service to the community.  These boxes and more filled to overflowing; and a nice cash donation as well, will go to the Open Door Mission.   We hope you can join us on January 1st at 1:00 pm at the Zorinsky Boat Ramps for our Food Bank of the Heartland fundraiser.

all photos courtesy of Jody Green.

Merry Christmas!