COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The City of Lakeland is taking the following steps to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone attending the 2020 Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k. These guidelines are subject to change.

As usual, this event will be 100% outdoors. There is also a virtual option for participants who wish to support the 3 Parks Trail and our Holly Jolly festive-ness at their convenience.


Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place at Fitniche on Friday, December 11th, and the morning of the race. Participants will be encouraged to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their corral start time. (There will be no race day registration.)


Cleaning and Sanitization

We are working to reduce touchpoints for participants and provide cleaning and sanitization methods for volunteers and staff.

  • Distributing sealed, bottled water and finisher ornaments away from the finish
  • Distributing pre-packaged snacks away from the finish
  • Providing race results away from the finish

 Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the portable toilets, pre-packaged snacks, bottled water, and race results stations.


Personal Protective Equipment

Event staff and volunteers will follow the local requirements for face masks where social distancing is not possible, along with wearing gloves when handing out water and pre-packaged snacks.


Social Distancing

Our announcer will frequently remind participants to remain socially distanced. 

Participants will be pre-assigned a corral based on projected run times. Corrals will be distanced at the start. The number of runners in a single corral will be limited to 25 runners. The race start time and first corral will be at 7:00 am. The remaining corrals will proceed every two minutes to reduce the number of runners along the course at any point.

We will not be having an awards ceremony after the race. Runners are encouraged to leave after they finish and have received their finisher ornament - grab water and a pre-packaged snack. Official results and race placement, for in-person participants, will be available online. We look forward to notifying the age group and overall award winners after the event with information on where to pick up their award.


Participation Guidelines

Participants are strongly encouraged to wear a mask before the start and after the race, where social distancing is not possible.

Participants who are, or who live with someone in the high-risk group defined by the CDC, should be cautious about participating. Participants should stay home if they are sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick in the past 14 days.