Get people in the Christmas spirit by hosting a holiday fun-run where all participants are required to wear Christmas bells as they run. You can purchase strings of “jingle bell” style bells from online retailers in bulk. Just make sure you have a method of pinning the bells to clothing with a safety pin.
Set up your running course just like you would with any fun-run. Since this is just a fun-run, you can make the course as long as you want (a 1-mile and 2-mile course would be ideal). Hand out your bells and safety pins at the check-in booth. To get people even more into the holiday spirit, have Christmas music playing, rent a snow making machine (if you don’t already have snow on the ground) and get some volunteer elves and a Santa. Just imagine the sound when hundreds of participants take off running down the street, each jingling Christmas bells. You should be able to charge at least $20 per runner or $30 if you plan to design and distribute t-shirts for the run. Have hot chocolate available for the participants. Generate more revenue by getting local businesses to sponsor the event.
You’ll want to start promoting this fundraiser at least 1-month in advance as you will need time to put teams together. Reach out to your local radio and television stations and be sure to promote heavily on all your social media channels. Also, create posters and flyers that you can place throughout the community. Check with the city for required permits. Have everyone who runs sign a waiver.