Rutgers Big Chill promotes holiday spirit

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The Big Chill is hosted annually and promotes holiday fun and excitement

Heather Suraci, editor in chief

If you are looking to get yourself into the holiday spirit while giving back to the community, you can enjoy this year’s season of giving by participating in the annual Big Chill 5K hosted by Rutgers University. The 5K run captures the true holiday spirit as it promotes giving to others as well as spending time with loved ones and friends. The race will be held on December 7th; the course is throughout the Rutgers University’s College Avenue campus.

In opposition to normal 5K registry, the Big Chill collects new toys as well as a $15 registration fee for the race. The brand new children’s toys are collected, and then wrapped by Rutgers employee and student volunteers. The toys are then donated to various charities in New Brunswick that help give presents/toys during the holiday season to needy children. Instead of gathering a registration fee, collecting the toys is very effective as far as obtaining plenty of donations for less fortunate children who can enjoy a holiday gift for the season.

In addition to the donation collection upon race check in, before the race begins runners can partake in various contests hosted by local New Brunswick organizations. Various venders come in with booths full of goodies and information to attract runners into learning about their businesses and organizations. It is a win for both the vendors and the run’s participants.

Participating in this race alone is fun, but to make it even more enjoyable, it is very common for small groups of families and friends to join the race together. The groups often deck themselves out in festive holiday attire; the flashier the better! Often, the groups have a common theme amongst themselves such as ugly sweaters, Santa’s elves, and snowmen.

The Big Chill is an excellent way to give back to the community and have fun with family and friends. You do not even have to run the 5K as it is most common for groups of people to walk it together. The Big Chill promotes togetherness and giving back for the holiday season, so sign up with some friends and have some fun!