Jingle Bell Run brings a different kind of Christmas cheer

More than 300 walkers, runners and volunteers came out for some Christmas fun and exercise for a good cause at the 13th annual Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Jingle Bell Run on Sunday morning. 

Some of the participants wore Christmas-themed attire, ranging from a woman dressed in an elaborate elf costume, to a number of people wearing Santa hats. The Miss Cayman contestants manned the water station and cheered the runners and walkers on. 

The 5K race, which could be done as a 10K by running the course twice, started at the Holiday Inn at 7 a.m. and made its way along the North Sound Golf Course to near the top of Safehaven Drive. Participants then turned around and retraced their steps to complete the race. 

Immediately following the race, all participants got a full breakfast and Santa visited, bringing gifts for the children. 

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, which provides a safe shelter for abused women and their children. The center received more than 300 calls last year and provided shelter to more than 100 women and children. The organization also offers counseling, education, advocacy and community resources for victims of domestic abuse. 

This jolly elf was among the runners who dressed in costume.

This jolly elf was among the runners who dressed in costume.