Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Celebrate your jiggle at Jiggle Butt Run on Saturday

The Jiggle Butt Run 2016 committee.
The Jiggle Butt Run 2016 committee.

It’s a milestone year as the Jiggle Butt Run prepares for the 10th anniversary of women celebrating their jiggle at the increasingly popular 5K set for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the E.H. Hereford University Center on the UT Arlington campus. Proceeds benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County, and more than $100,000 has been raised by the event since it began.

“Celebrating 10 years of our homegrown race has been an amazing journey,” said Mary Hibbs, who founded the event with friends Shelley Tardy and Karen Bondurant. “The number of steadfast sponsors and returning runners and walkers continue to remind us that we are providing an important event for women to support women. And our committee is having a blast working together.”

The 5K is for all levels of fitness and open to all ages. Individuals are welcome to enter, but the race is well known for team entries and the amazing team costumes. Online pre-registration ends today.

“The founders have watched this event grow from one small race of 46 women to two races with over 2,500 women runners and walkers,” said spokeswoman Tessa McCook.

“Last year participants raised over $30,000 for SafeHaven. They also donated countless coats, blankets, clothing and baby items. This year donated items will be collected in the parking lots and garages to make it more convenient for the participants,” McCook added.

Representatives from SafeHaven will be on hand to greet race attendees. Items that the SafeHaven website lists as immediate needs include AA batteries, women and children’s pajamas, baby wipes, children and teen’s underwear and socks and powdered laundry detergent. Other items are also welcome.

A fun awards ceremony will recognize the fastest, most spirited, largest, and best dressed (for crazy themed costumes) teams. Chip timing tracks the best times in various age categories for the individual awards. A lively pre-race warm-up will be led by a local DJ.

To add to the festivities, a fabulous expo will be set up at the student center. “The Jiggle Butt Run’s energy from the 5K seems to build steam at the expo where the participants peruse the vendor booths as they meet up with their friends from the race,” said Rhonda Dunn, who is in charge of the expo.

“Favorites are usually Muscle Milk and Nothing Bundt Cakes and the stretching offered by Griffin Chiropractic and chair massages offered by Mansfield Chiropractic. Other vendors include fitness exhibits such as Camp Gladiator, Curves and Envie Fitness.”

Dunn said ID Life and Advanced Physical Med will have nutrition information and local grocers and restaurants will have post-race nourishment.

Terre Coble, the volunteer coordinator for the past seven years, said: “I have so enjoyed getting people plugged into our event. We have volunteers at almost every corner of the course to cheer participants as they pass.”

Coble said students from Arlington schools also volunteer including members of the National Honor Society, Key Clubs and cheer squads. “It’s great to see our youth working in the community and with us.”

Arlington resident Karen Rogers registered early for the event and plans to participate with a friend. “I have done many 5Ks, but this is my first time for this one. I decided to kick 2016 off with exercise.”

Details about the event are available at or contact McCook at

Public art in Arlington on tap Jan. 12

Arlington on Tap, the informal series of talks that takes place monthly at local pubs and bars, will return Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, 400 E. Abram St.

Featured in this month’s event are Arlington Museum of Art Executive Director Chris Hightower, along with arts advocate and photographer Bob Pruitt, to discuss public art in Arlington.

“Pruitt was the driving force behind the community’s decision to purchase the giant Dream sculpture now in place temporarily on Abram Street immediately west of the Levitt Pavilion,” said O.K. Carter, who with Arlington Proud founder Mark Joeckel created Arlington on Tap. Pruitt will discuss future plans for the sculpture and his motivation for bringing it permanently to Arlington in collaboration with Downtown Arlington Management Inc.

“Hightower has engineered a dramatic turnaround for the struggling Arlington Museum of Art, including the recent announcement of a benefactor who agreed to pay off the museum’s $550,000 renovation debt,” Carter said. “Hightower has witnessed what the presence of interesting and unique public art can do for a community’s brand and has become an authority on the topic. And he’s got a project in the works with ideas for more.”

Arlington on Tap was established by the Arlington Historical Society and Arlington Proud. The free events feature local speakers with unique interests and are always held at a different downtown bar or bistro, typically on Tuesday evenings.

“The events are casual, sort of a blended happy hour and bar stool philosophizing followed by a conversational Q&A,” said Carter. To inquire, contact Carter at

‘Achieving Your Healthiest Self’ on Jan. 19 focuses on women

Ladies, it’s a smart move to take time to focus on our personal health and well-being once in a while. Local women can do just that at the upcoming event presented by the Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Reserve Jan. 19 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the event the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W First St., at UT Arlington. Attendees at the event, themed “Achieving Your Healthiest Self,” will enjoy a physician’s panel discussion, guest speakers and breakout sessions led by experts in various fields. Hot appetizers will be served during networking times, and a cash bar will be open.

In charge of the event is alliance member Deborah R. Su, the manager of Outreach Services at Medical Center of Arlington. “We are excited to invite all women in the community to kick off the new year by making healthy resolutions for 2016,” said Su.

“We’re covering a broad spectrum of interests and expertise with the panelists and session leaders to help women get motivated and make the right decisions about healthy living,” Su added.

Physicians on the panel include Lindsey Dietrich (orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist), Eseosa Eguae (specializes in family medicine), John Adams (internal medicine and medical oncology) and Paul Henry Cho (neurological disorders).

Breakout sessions will be led by Sarah Merrill-Young (Merrill Financial Group and expert on finance, insurance and investment), Rachel Croson (dean of UT Arlington College of Business and expert on conflict resolution) and Shelli Walker (PeopleResults, a consulting firm specializing in leading change, talent development and executive coaching).

Registration is $35 for alliance members and $45 for nonmembers. The event is open to the public. Sign up at (find “Women’s Alliance” link in the submenu) or call the chamber at 817-275-2613.

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