By David Zilstra
The Jolly Jog held this past Sunday in Haliburton was once again a festive and fun event that had close to 35 adults, children and dogs enjoying a beautiful late fall morning in the Highlands.
All of the runners and walkers dressed for the season in festive outfits. One young boy even dressed up as a present which just happened to be from Santa himself.
Each participant had the choice of three different routes, one and a half kilometres, three kilometres, or the longest, a five kilometre route which went into the village of Haliburton, the Welcome Centre being the halfway mark on that route. The two smaller routes went into the park and Halbiem Crescent.
While the adults waited patiently for the start of the run, the children had lots of fun running around outside the museum chasing each other and having a great time. After a few instructions from Andrea Mueller, manager of programs and events for Dysart et al, there was a mass start!
Everyone had a great time, and as an added bonus, the event collected donations for the local food bank.
The event, which originally started in 2013 as the ugly sweater run, will be back next year for its 10th anniversary event, and promises to be bigger and better than ever with some additional fun activities not included in previous years.