Christmas in Montrose, Jingle Run benefits Interfaith

Children pushed the three-foot chocolate Santa mold up Public Avenue in Montrose Friday during the annual 'Chocolate Santa Roll,' one of the featured Christmas in Montrose events. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER

BY TOM FONTANA

CORRESPONDENT

About 30 children and adults met on the courthouse steps on a chilly Saturday morning, Dec. 1, to participate in the ‘Christmas In Montrose’ annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk.

Tammy Bonnice, an organizer of the event, said the run/walk is “just for fun,” but it also benefits Interfaith, a local charitable organization.

“To participate in the run/walk,” she explained, “a donation of a new toy for a young child was required.  The gifts were then presented to Interfaith to be distributed as Christmas gifts.”

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., one of the major sponsors of Christmas In Montrose, was represented at the run/walk by Brittany Thomas, Cabot Oil coordinator of external affairs.

“We’re also promoting other events today,” she stated, “such as a Christmas tree sale and church bazaars, and proceeds from those will also benefit Interfaith.”

At 10 a.m., the walkers left the courthouse steps and headed down Maple Ave. at a jolly strut.  About 10 minutes later, the runners took off at a steady pace sure to help warm them in the 35-degree chill.  Most in both groups were dressed in seasonal red and green garments, some wearing Santa hats.

Nearly 45 minutes later, the first runners were spotted jogging up the main street hill toward the finish line at the courthouse.  Soon they were followed by groups of walkers, which included friends, family members, a toddler in a stroller, and two family dogs.

By 11 a.m., all runners and walkers had returned, lingering on the steps looking cheerful and satisfied, congratulating each other on their accomplishment while huddling and smiling for photos.