1,200 People Jingle Their Way to Raising $50,000 for Those Living With Arthritis Pain

Some channeled their inner Blitzen while others donned Donner-inspired headgear. But in the end 1,200 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis participants jingled all the way to the finish line raising nearly $50,000 to support local Arthritis Foundation programs and services.

The 5K event at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst began outside Dick’s Sporting Goods and the course wound through the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, down Richmond Road to Hawken School and back, finishing near Things Remembered.

The event marks the Northeastern Ohio market’s first Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Sponsors included national sponsor Abbott and local sponsors: Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, Legacy Village, Good Greens, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Achilles Running Shop, Precision Orthopaedic Specialties, Advanced Orthopedics & Physical Therapy, Janssen and Charles Schwab. Media sponsors included 19ActionNews, Cleveland Magazine, Inside Business, Q104, Ohio School of Broadcasting and Yelp.

Sixty-nine teams took to the course to raise funds to battle arthritis, the nation’s number one cause of disability. Many teams formed in honor of a loved one who has arthritis. More than 1.5 million people of all ages in Northeastern Ohio have been diagnosed with arthritis. Nationally, arthritis affects one in five Americans and nearly 300,000 children have arthritis.

“This first annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis was a great success due to the wonderful support we received from all of our sponsors, the Northeastern Ohio running community, our volunteers, and so many people who care deeply about raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis,” said Lynette Trentini, Development Director, Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio.

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