Before you leave out cookies for Santa or settle into the couch to watch "A Christmas Story" for the third time this week, lace up your running shoes.
The fourth annual Jingle Bell Run in Omaha is Christmas Eve.
Race director Will Lindgren expects more than 100 runners. The fun run benefits the Open Door Mission. To participate, runners must bring $5 and donate new or gently used coats, blankets, gloves, hats, or other items to help the needy.
“I'm always grateful, especially this time of year, that I was able to not end up on the streets,” Lindgren said. “So it's my way of trying to give back to the less fortunate because I've almost been there myself.”
The three previous runs collected more than 1,000 pounds of donated items and several hundred dollars.
Runners will receive Christmas ornaments, jingle bells, donuts and hot chocolate. The event starts at noon at Lake Zorinsky. Enter from 156th and F Streets.
There is no official distance, so Lindgren invites runners to “go as you please.”
“You can walk, you can run, you can jog,” he added. “It's all about supporting the Open Door Mission.”
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