Craven Smart Start Holiday Hustle Planned for December 8th

Holiday HustleCraven Smart Start will host the 6th Annual Holiday Hustle charitable race event on December 8th. The Holiday Hustle will feature the Tinsel 10K and the Jingle Bell Jog 5K, that takes runners on a course through downtown New Bern, starting and ending at Union Point Park.  The event also features the Santa Family Fun Run with Santa leading the way around Union Point Park. The Tinsel 10K is sponsored by B/S/H/ and the Jingle Bell Jog 5K is sponsored by Bojangles.

Craven Smart Start is currently seeking sponsors and runners for the event.  To learn how your business or organization can be  “ an investor in our Craven County children” on our Holiday Hustle tee shirts, e-mail Maryjo MacLaren, Administrative Assistant, at or call her at (at (252) 636-3198

To register for the Holiday Hustle, pick up a registration form at Craven Smart Start, located at 2111-F Neuse Boulevard in New Bern, or visit and click on the Holiday Hustle race logo.  Runners for the 5K and 10K races must register by November 20th to get the early bird registration price and to guarantee a T-shirt.   Registration for the Santa Family Fun Run will increase from $15.00 to $20.00 on race day.  Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place by age and gender.  Businesses, child care centers and family child care homes are encouraged to form teams to compete for a Craven Smart Start trophy.

Proceeds raised from the Holiday Hustle will be used to expand Craven Smart Start’s services to reach more children to give them “a running start” at life.  Craven Smart Start focuses on all children, birth to five, and their families in Craven County. Working with community partners, the program provides Craven’s youngsters with quality early learning opportunities and health and family support to give them a foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Submitted by: Pinkie Moore, Community Outreach Coordinator, Craven Smart Start

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