Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

After a break of a few years, the Jingle Bell Run is back in Slave Lake.

“They’ve been very successful in the past,” said organizer Gail Ungstad, prior to this year’s race. The last race was in 2017 or 2018.

One of the biggest changes in 2021 was the run had “a more intentional staggered start, than we normally do,” says Ungstad. As the event was outside, AHS told Ungstad the main requirement is physical distancing. Also, if people enter the Friendship Centre, they must wear a mask.

The 3K fun race was the afternoon of December 12. It started and ended at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. The route went south toward the hospital, then along the walking trails east by Hwy 88. At the railway tracks, participants turn back.

“For those participants who think the distance is too short, I suggest running the course again,” says Ungstad in an email.

In her email, Ungstad adds, “our goal through United Way Alberta Northwest, to raise $4,000 towards the Period Promise. The Period Promise is to have a dispensary and product in all four (Slave Lake) schools. Every $1,000 raised provides a dispensary and free products for one year.”

The schools have told Ungstad that many girls miss school because they do not have pads or tampons.

The United Way has guaranteed that the funds will be used in Slave Lake, says Ungstad. If there’s extra, it will likely be sent to Wabasca or another nearby community.

As of press time, the amount of funds raised hadn’t been tallied.

This year’s Jingle Bell Run included a jingle bell rider.