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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jingle Bell Run this Saturday

The Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Hot Springs is just around the corner on December 8th. Register online today by visiting or by calling the local office at (501) 664-7243. This community event is a great way to kick off the holiday season by doing something fun to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Volunteer organizers expect more than 550 runners and walk to take part in the Hot Springs event, and they aim to raise $34,000. The festivities begin when registration opens at 7:30am at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The 5k race begins at 9:00am.

Arthritis is much more widespread than imagined, affecting 50 million Americans, roughly one out of five adults, and approximately 300,000 children. In Arkansas, more than 653,000 adults and over 2,700 children have a doctor-diagnosed form of arthritis.

As the nation’s largest holiday run/walk event, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis offers a five kilometer timed run, a one mile walk and an Elf Chase for children 10 & under. A festive Costume contest will also take place. Dogs are welcome, and the event will include a Dog Costume Contest. For information visit or call (501) 664-7243.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The organization’s local offices assist thousands of individuals and families each year through empowering programs like Camp AcheAway for children with arthritis, and the evidence-based Programs for Better Living courses including aquatics, exercise, Tai Chi and Walk With Ease. The Arthritis Foundation is the world’s largest private nonprofit funder of arthritis research, investing more than $450 million in strategic initiatives resulting in treatments that have given mobility back to countless patients.

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