The 12th Annual

Running of the Bells

Presented by O’Rourke Media Group

Save the Date


December 1st

Go the distance and support Franklin County Animal Rescue and the United Way of Northwest Vt!

O’Rourke Media Group donates a portion of the proceeds from this fun run to Franklin County Animal Rescue.

Franklin County Humane Society promotes the health, welfare and humane treatment of animals in Northwestern Vermont and provides temporary shelter for them with the ultimate goal of finding them good, permanent homes within the community. Learn more at

United Way of Northwest Vt’s mission is to build a stronger Northwest Vermont by mobilizing our community to improve people’s lives. Learn more at

Race Registration

Cost: $10.00 per person

The Running of the Bells is being held in the St. Albans Taylor Park during the 2022 Holiday Extravaganza on December 1st at 6:00 pm. Register online and stop by the Messenger office to get your race packet. Race packets will be available for pickup from Nov 28th thru Dec. 1st. After Dec 1st you can pick your race packet up at the event.

The Messenger office is located at 281 N Main St Albans City, VT. Souvenir bells will be handed out at the event.

Costume Contest

Take a look below to see all of the categories you can enter in.

  • NIndividual
  • NCouple
  • NKid
  • NPet
  • NSmall Group
  • NLarge Group

New This Year!

14th Star Beer Tent!

Brewed with a Mission. Learn more about this world-class beer at

Live Animals

All new baby cows dressed up as reindeer

Best of the Bells

There will be a “Best of the Bells” overall costume contest winner this year

Prizes and Trophies

Bobble head trophies AND prizes awarded to costume contest winners

Countdown to the 2022 Running of the Bells!!








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