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Jingle Bell 5K Saturday at Babcock Ranch

December 5, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Babcock Ranch, Southwest Florida's unique eco-centric, solar-powered town just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, is celebrating the grand opening of Jack Peeples Park with the second annual Jingle Bell 5K Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m.

Peeples will serve as the official race starter for Jingle Bell 5K, which starts at the 4.5-acre park named in honor of his contributions to Babcock Ranch's development. The race route continues through Founder's Square and the Lake Timber neighborhood and finishes at the park with refreshments.

A 9:30 a.m. awards ceremony will recognize the overall winner, masters, senior masters, senior grandmasters, and three deep in each five-year increment age group.

For more information and to register online before race day, visit events. Race registration forms are also available at Babcock Ranch and The Run Shoppe at 6900 Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. Packet pick up will take place at The Run Shoppe in Fort Myers Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Packets will also be available on race day at Babcock Ranch starting at 7 a.m.

Located adjacent to Babcock Neighborhood School, Jack Peeples Park features six tennis courts, four pickleball courts, a full basketball court and two bocce ball courts. Open to the public, the park offers a multipurpose field and will serve as the trailhead of the newest series of Babcock Ranch trails scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Babcock Ranch was created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand. Half of the town's 18,000-acre footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch's homes and the Founder's Square downtown district.

For more information, call 877-709-6620, or visit



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