Thousands of runners and walkers – and some waddlers in penguin suits – turned out Saturday for Jingle Bell Run, a 5K run and two-mile walk through Fig Garden and Christmas Tree Lane that raises money and toy contributions for the Toys for Tots program.
It was the fifth year the Jingle Bell Run was held, said director Nancy Talley. “This year we had 3,100 participants, which means lots of toys and lots of cash for the Toys for Tots campaign,” she said.
Santa Claus took a break from his North Pole duties to greet runners at the finish line, including Robert Hernandez, 31, of Fresno who came in first in the 5K with a time of 4:58. Other runners included Steve Webber, who was dressed as Santa with colorful dreadlocks, beard dyed to match and Christmas tree sunglasses.