Joints in Motion

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering becoming a member of the Joints in Motion team, you probably have a few questions. Following are answers to the most frequently asked questions from people just like you. If you still have questions, don’t worry. You can contact us anytime and we can give you the information you need.

Can I really run or walk 26.2 miles?

One in five adults has arthritis, so chances are you already know someone who is affected. Knowing someone with arthritis will give you more incentive to complete the training and assist potential donors understand how their gift makes a difference. Our experienced coaches will train you for 18 to 20 weeks and prepare you to run or walk the distance.

Can I do a half-marathon (13.1 miles)?  
YES, our Joints in Motion training team offers the option of participation in the half marathon or the full. Whatever distance you choose, the Joints in Motion Training Team and its experienced coaches will see you to the finish line.

Can walkers participate?
YES!! Walk it!! Your Joints in Motion team has designed a training program that takes into account the specific needs of our walkers. In fact, 50 percent of our team is made up of walkers. We can coach you to marathon success, too! Our training program will get you fit, keep you healthy throughout the training progam and guarantee your success on race day!

I want to be a part of the Joints in Motion team. Will my arthritis keep me from joining?
Many people with arthritis have successfully completed a marathon. We recommend you consult your physician before signing up for the team. Once you get the “thumbs up” from your doctor, you can register online here. If you are unable to run or walk, there are other ways you can join the team. You can become an honoree and have the team train on your behalf.
How much am I expected to raise?

The fundraising goal for participation in the half and full marathon options for the 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend held January 10th and 11th in Orlando, Florida is $2,700. Because of additional costs to participate in the Goofy Challenge that goal is $3,000.

Your Joints in Motion staff has guided thousands of first-time and seasoned fundraisers through this process and provides both online fundraising tools, tips and clinics to help you. Other successful fundraising strategies include a letter-writing campaign and matching gifts programs.

Recruitment fundraising discounts are available, for more information please email

How hard is it to raise the money?  
Many of our participants find that people are eager to donate money to fight arthritis. One in five adults plus 300,000 children live with arthritis, so chances are that everyone knows someone affected by the disease. We will provide you with fundraising tips and ideas, as well as support along the way, but you must do the work. The most successful ways to raise the money are:

  • A personal letter-writing campaign to friends, family and co-workers. Often your story and that of the person you are honoring is compelling enough for people to support you.  You can send multiple letters via e-mail on your personal website.
  • Allowing friends, family and supporters to track not only your fundraising progress but also your training progress via your Joints in Motion webpage where contributions to your efforts can be made via secure, online credit card donations.
  • Approaching your local companies such as doctor's office, dentist, dry cleaner, grocery stores, etc.  Often companies can donate larger amounts than individuals.
  • It is essential that you start early to reach your target goal. Past runners/walkers have all reached their goals, and you can, too! Have a positive attitude! While you may sometimes hear "no," every "yes" brings you closer to your goal and closer to finding a cure for arthritis.

What support will I receive?  

Once you have completed the required registration process you will receive:

  • Your complimentary fundraising e-guide to help you start your fundraising
  • Your own personal web page to let others know about your training and fundraising progress

Ongoing fundraising support includes:

  • Access to phone and internet fundraising clinics
  • Upon attaining your first fundraising benchmark you will receive your official Joints In Motion training singlet and past Joints in Motion t-shirt

Training support that includes:

  • An 18 to 20 week training schedule personalized to your fitness level and goal (begins late August)
  • Access to your personal Coach who coaches you in:
    • Injury prevention, nutrition, attire, hydration and more
    • Prior to the August training start, a monthly schedule will be provided for you

Access to:

  • monthly Joints in Motion team calls (begins Sept.) that include both training and fundraising coaching and tips
  • our Joints in Motion team Facebook page where you will get to meet your fellow team mates, share experiences, ideas, receive tips and encouragement throughout your journey

What is the training schedule like?
The Joints in Motion training schedule is 18 to 20 weeks long. Prior to the first session, you coach will evaluate your fitness level and develop a personal schedule to ensure your marathon goal. Most participants start out doing about three to four miles or about 30 – 45 minutes of training and gradually build from there.

What do I have to do to complete the required registration process?

1. Complete the three required forms, sign and date:

2. Scan and email forms to:

  • or mail to: The Arthritis Foundation, 408 12th Street West, Bradenton, FL  34205

3. Pay $100 registration fee (which starts you towards your goal!)

  • either online here
  • by mailing check or money order to address above
  • by calling 1- 800-672-0882 during normal business hours (9 – 5 EST) to pay by credit card

4. Get ready to begin your journey of a lifetime!

What if I have more questions?

Please email or call 1-800-672-0882 for more information.

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