Running of the Bells


What: Running of the Bells

When: Dec. 5

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Annual holiday fun run slated for Dec. 5

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit? Pick up some jingle bells, dig out your best holiday costume and sign up to participate in the third annual Running of the Bells in downtown St. Albans on Dec. 5.

Sponsored by The St. Albans Messenger and Peoples Trust Company, the event is a holiday fun run, walk and jog that involves participants attaching jingle bells to their hats, shoes, gloves, coats, strollers, dogs and anywhere else they can think of that will allow them to make some noise as they move.

The 1-mile course begins in front of Peoples Trust Company on Kingman Street at 6:30 p.m. and takes participants through downtown St. Albans to enjoy the holiday lights.

Participants are encouraged to wear holiday-themed costumes that are safe, provide a full field of vision and do not impede other participants. Running of the Bells organizers retain the right to refuse any participants’ costumes that are deemed unsafe or immoral.

Trophies will be awarded at the end of the event for the best “holiday-themed, zany, creative, noisiest, brightest and just all around great costumes” in the following seven categories: youth 12-and-under, youth 13-17, adult female, adult male, family, group and dog.

Registration costs $15 for an adult, $20 for an adult couple, $30 for a family of five and $10 for those 17-and-under.

Running of the Bells will benefit Operation Happiness, an annual community initiative to support Franklin and Grand Isle County families in need. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and toys to support the effort.

For more information, to see photos from last year’s Running of the Bells or to register for the upcoming event, visit

Staff report