Craven Smart Start to Host 4th Annual Holiday Hustle on December 10th

Holiday Hustle 2016

Craven Smart Start will host the 4th Annual Holiday Hustle race on December 10th. This charitable event will feature a 10K run and a 5K run/walk that takes runners on a course through downtown New Bern, as well as a Santa Family Fun Run around Union Point Park.  The Holiday Hustle starts and ends in Union Point Park, with the10K beginning at 8:15 AM.   The event will also include a costume contest for the “Best Holiday Spirit” for children and adults.  New this year, the business, child care center and family child care home that has the largest number of individuals participating in a Holiday Hustle race will be awarded a traveling trophy or plaque to keep for the next year.

To register for the Holiday Hustle, 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. Races will be timed with disposable chips and awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place by age and gender.  Registration forms can also be obtained from Craven Smart Start, located at 2111-F Neuse Boulevard in New Bern. For information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Maryjo MacLaren, Administrative Assistant, at (252) 636-3198.

Proceeds raised from the Holiday Hustle will expand Craven Smart Start’s ability 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. The programs of Craven Smart Start focus on raising the quality of child care; strengthening families; advancing child health and development and expanding early literacy.

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