The Grinch let the pandemic steal the Jolly Jog for Havis’ Kids last year.

Not so much this year.

The Grinch will be one of the participants when the Jolly Jog for Havis’ Kids returns to downtown Corinth at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The 5K won’t return, but the one-mile fun run will hit the streets in what volunteers call one of the more fun fundraisers for Havis’ Kids.

“It’s such a great family event,” said Micaela Sanders, a Havis’ Kids volunteer since 2016. “It is fun for everyone. The whole family can get involved.”

All proceeds from the one-mile fun run will benefit Havis’ Kids, who will be going back to Disney World in 2022. Founded by Havis Hurley, the non-profit raises money so special needs kids and their caregivers can discover the magic of Disney World.

Santa Claus will join The Grinch at the Dec. 4th event, which begins and ends on Fillmore Street beside First Baptist Church.

Registration the day of the race is $30 and participants need to arrive at 9:15 a.m. before the race for the signup.

Early signup is recommended and encouraged. Go online to and earn a $5 discount by using the code “THANKFUL” through Thursday, Nov. 25. To guarantee a Jolly Jog t-shirt, participants must preregister early, said Sanders.

Prizes will be given away for Most Festive Outfit, Best Dressed Santa, Most Festive Group and Best Sleigh for those who decorate a stroller or wagon.

Free hot chocolate and cider will be available and those who beat The Grinch in the one-mile jog will receive a special gift, noted Sanders.

“Everyone is excited the Jolly Jog is returning this year,” noted Sanders. “We invite everyone to come out and have a good time and raise money for a good cause.”

Dec. 4 is also the date for the Corinth-Alcorn County “It’s a Candyland Christmas” Parade which begins at 5 p.m., Downtown Corinth Wassail Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Main Street Corinth’s Festival of Lights following the parade.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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